Book Review: Fractal Time – The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age, by Gregg Braden

Reviewed by Nancy Martin

“This book is dedicated to our discovery of time as the language of our past, the map to our future, and the world to come.” December 21, 2012, the winter solstice, is identified by the Mayan calendar as the end of a world age, the cycle that began this 5th world age in 3114 B.C. (1,800 years before the time of Moses and the biblical exodus), which is approximately 5,125 years ago. Comparisons of world-age references include traditions of the Hopi, Ancient India  (the Vedas first written in 1500 B.C.), Aztec and Maya. Oral transmission of the stories probably went back thousands of years before the literature.

Four generations experienced the end of a world-age and survived changes in global magnetic fields and climate, diminishing resources and rising sea levels, for the end of one world age is the beginning of the next. Completing the cycle is necessary before the next can start, which means experiencing the greatest distance in our orbit from the core of our home galaxy, the Milky Way.

Emotional/spiritual effects are evident, as well as the physical changes, in the sense of a loss of connection–separate and lost. The farther we go from the source of such powerful energy the deeper we go in darkness, leading our ancestors to chaos, war, greed and destruction. The dominant theme in that period of greatest darkness at the end of a world age is discord, contention and quarrel. In spite of the fears of such negative outcomes, our ancestors also had an awareness of abundant peace, love, healing, and compassion at the same time.

Now technology and understanding the need affords us new choices, the realm of all possibilities where we can shape our future. Earth and our solar system move into alignment, passing an imaginary line that defines the top of our galaxy and the bottom as the equator defines the Northern hemisphere and the Southern hemisphere, with the mysterious source of energy at the heart of the Milky Way. The winter solstice 2012 is the center of the transition zone, beginning well before and after 12/21, involving possibly years on each side. This alignment was predicted by the Mayans to repeat in another 26,000 years and represents moving through the 12 familiar zodiac signs/constellations, forming a circle of 360˚.

We need to update our time concepts. The ancient traditions saw time as an ongoing dance of cycles, waves of energy pulsing across the universe, incorporating repeats of patterns over a wide scope of dimensions—fractals–that carry the conditions of the past, but with greater intensity, into our future. Albert Einstein introduced us to the unity of time and space, which he called space-time, and that events of everyday life on all levels–peace, war, the cosmos, the economy, personal relationships and civilizations–happen within it. The fractal interplay between planets, galaxies and our personal lives relates to the ancient axiom, “As above, so below.”

Cycles abound in nature and vary in magnitude—from the smallest pattern of subatomic particles to galaxies–in increasing nests of cycles. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning.”

What happens within cycles is seen as a place in the cycle, a seed event. It’s the repeat of conditions that make a particular outcome possible, depending on the choices we make in life. Knowing where we are in the cycle, we know what to expect when it repeats.

This relates not only to cosmological changes but also to worldwide conflicts and the personal events in one’s life. Braden has developed a Time Code Calculator that shows us what to expect in all of the above. Through current technology we can anticipate the cyclical changes and a choice point that allows us to select a new outcome for the returning pattern of conditions. The key is understanding Phi/phi, described as 1.618/ .618, the golden ratio, which is repeated in infinity in nature and often in architecture. Fibonacci discovered during the early 14th century the sequence of  numbers that create the golden ratio, namely adding the last two numbers that expand a spiral or dividing the number that immediately precedes it. Spirals seem to be the pattern for much of the universe.

Beauty in our world is represented by this ratio—proportions of the human body, the pattern of seeds in a sunflower, the structure of elegant Grecian temples, arms of the Milky Way galaxy. It also applies to brain states of consciousness and proportions of DNA.

Not only cycles of growth and proportion are evident in the golden ratio but also in the timing and separation of occurrences in a person’s life. The only way we relate to time is through our experiences of events within it. Time and events can’t be separated. Now we have moved beyond classical Newtonian physics to quantum physics where we conceptualize zones of energy described as probabilities.

The Hopi language is the same for describing what is and what has happened. For them “is” refers to a quantum possibility that became manifest. Einstein said, “This past, present and future is only an illusion.” However, the “problem of time” is approached through  the theory that space-time has the form of a wave., something that moves in a special way and follows a special path—that of a spiral with the effect called a torsion field. These spirals of space-time are key to nature’s code.

Now the convergence of so many cycles  present an optimum time to commence new patterns of growth. In our personal lives this is an opportunity to release beliefs that have caused pain emotionally and physically and to embrace new life-affirming beliefs in their place. Opt for cooperation instead of competition for our world. “A change in the way we feel about ourselves and our world has the potential to affect the world itself.” Through the silent language of the heart we can harmonize our bodies with the life-sustaining fields of the earth; achieving global coherence can affect the quality of the common field that connects us. Conditions may repeat but the events don’t have to. We have a choice!

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Book Review of The Greatest Secret of All, by Marc Allen

I enjoy books which are presented in a form that can be turned around into a Resonance Repatterning® process.  Therefore, I was delighted to discover the book The Greatest Secret of All, by Marc Allen.  Marc Allen sets out to identify core beliefs (that can be changed) and conversely core affirmations—that can create.

The core belief process consists of identifying the answers to the following eight questions:

1.  What is the problem?  That one we know.

2.   What are you feeling physically?  Marc states that our negative emotions lie lower in the body than love, which resides in our heart.

3.  What are you feeling emotionally?  At the bottom of all those feelings lies fear.

4.  What am I telling myself repeatedly?  With this question we get  an opportunity to look at the negative statements we repeatedly tell ourselves rather than being their victim.

5.  What’s the worst that could happen?   And then–what’s the very worst that could happen?  In other words, what is behind all these fears?  We often try to hide our worst fears from ourselves.  This question allows the worst to show up.  It is often something that actually could not happen.

6.  What’s the best thing that could happen?  Inevitably the best thing that can happen is much more challenging for us  to connect to than the fear.  We have been telling our worst scenario and rarely do we visit our ideal scenario.

7.  What’s preventing that best-case scenario from happening?  Whatever thoughts float up are your deep underlying beliefs.  Those thoughts are the ‘I am of no value’ type.

8. What affirmation completely contradicts that belief?  That core affirmation is what can create what we desire.

Marc states in his book that you don’t have to believe the positive statements; he says you just have to identify them.  He said that he personally  prefers “I am creating___” statements over “I have___” statements.  He explains that “I am creating_____” statements are easier for the subconscious mind to acknowledge.

Marc summarizes the process as:  Dare to dream and make a plan.

And finally, Marc  describes “greatest secret of all” as becoming our own teacher and trusting our inner guidance,  being the master within.  The greatest secret is about loving and serving yourself and others.  He states that one must become fulfilled before you can help others be fulfilled.  One must serve oneself before one can serve others.

As I said, this formula can easily be used as a delightful repatterning.  Try it.  You will like it.

Sally Herr

Sally Herr is  a Certified Member of RPA and is Chair of the Journal Committee.  She is a Resonance Repatterning Practitioner in Portland, Maine, and provides sessions in person, by phone and in groups.  She can be contacted at www.sallyherr.com.

Book Review: The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self, by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, Marianne Williamson

 Reviewed by Nancy Martin

PART I – Deepak Chopra

 “The Shadow” is a term coined by Carl Jung, the noted follower of Sigmund Freud, for the unwelcome parts of ourselves that we hide from conscious awareness. This dark side is often explained as a judgment—what we reject in others is what we cannot accept within ourselves. Dualism is the framework, e.g. right/wrong, good/bad, win/lose, hope/resignation, etc. We don’t want to accept as ours the thoughts and behaviors that go against our value system. The more we repress our dark side, the easier it is to present a persona that radiates all “goodness” and light. The unconscious, which Freud saw as the individual’s construct, Jung envisioned as impulses and drives coming from the entire history of mankind. Therefore it is a collective unconscious, shaped by all and incorporating the shadow of all.

 By ignoring our dark side, we only intensify its power over our conscious choices. This is witnessed in violent behavior as well as in mild, socially tolerated ways. When consciousness is no longer divided, when what we see is one self in all directions, “a new self and eventually a new world can be born.” Growing beyond our self-imposed limitations of the illusions our dark side imposes, we can gain compassion for self, courage and freedom. The goal is to be empowered with our wholeness, open to expressing our passions and realizing our dreams.

What is the evidence of the collective unconscious behavior in groups? The beginning came through body-mind medicine, the discovery of ‘messenger’ molecules that show how the brain translates emotions into a chemical equivalent, affecting our organs. Studies at Stanford University established the social contagion theory through bad conditions in a prison experiment that let dark forces emerge. A class of students was divided into two groups:  guards and prisoners. The ‘guards’ began to severely mistreat the ‘prisoners,’ even though they were all considered good kids studying at a prestige university. They weren’t bad apples–they misbehaved through adopting that “us vs. them” mind-set, where people lose their individuality, becoming just faces in a crowd. If there are no consequences of one’s bad actions, the loss of individuality increases.

N. Christakis and J. Fowler from Harvard analyzed  data from the three-decade study of 5,000 people in Framingham, Mass., and found invisible connections that run through a whole society. “When one person gained weight, started smoking, or got sick, close family members and friends were 50% more likely to behave the same way.” Any behavior can be contagious, and three degrees of connection became evident: “a friend of a friend can make you prone to smoking, unhappiness or loneliness, even though you have never met this friend of a friend.”

Our impulse for separation is behind the contrast—light and dark, divine and the devil, saint and sinner. Chopra suggests life has no juice, as in electricity, unless one pole sends a current to the other. He sees the shadow as the separation impulse and the divine impulse as one that seeks unity. The new reality we seek calls for a holographic impulse, one where the whole is represented in each part, no matter how small. Resolution and freedom come from recognizing the shadow is part of our psyche and that whatever exists in it is within our power to dissolve. The shadow tries to keep you unconscious because it’s the hiding place of pain and stress.

The process for nurturing the shadow includes: “keeping secrets from yourself and others; harboring guilt and shame; making yourself and others wrong; needing someone to blame; ignoring your own weaknesses while criticizing those around you; separating yourself from others; struggling to keep evil at bay.”

Choices for diminishing the shadow’s power deal with stopping our projecting, detaching and letting go, giving up self-judgment, and rebuilding your emotional body, which he describes as “the lightness of being,” becoming more whole. It exchanges judgment for the real experience of compassion, love, and forgiveness.

A new worldview is needed—the entire universe is made of consciousness, “infinite, all-embracing, all powerful, and all knowing.” He speaks of coordination of all action: information shared with all parts of the whole in instantaneous communication, energy is perpetually reshaping but never lost, evolution continually produces more intricate forms, and consciousness expands with more complex forms.

Wholeness and healing are very closely connected—always seeking balance within your body, within your life, within your world, as change and the laws of nature progress through transformations. Letting go of the split self with all its dualities is experiencing wholeness and being able to value the dynamics of each without being a slave to any.

Transcending the shadow brings the realization that “the level of the problem is never the level of the solution.” Going beyond the conflict brings a new perspective, a broader context that opens the way to resolution. Willingness to surrender your thinking mind to meditation, switching your focus from mental chatter to perhaps your breathing or chanting a mantra. frees your potential for limitless possibilities for peace and ever expanding consciousness.

PART II – Debbie Ford

Making Peace with Ourselves, Others and the World 

A familiar picture is presented of people who pray, wish, and desire to change some vexing behavior—procrastinating, overspending, overeating, resenting .  . .while hiding their discontent with a cheery countenance. With this simmering distress often comes forgetting they ever wanted anything other than what they had.

Our egocentric self believes that some change in a stressful person or thing will bring us happiness. Looking outside the self precludes lifting the veil within to see “who we think we are and who we really want to be.” Defending the former image prevents us from discovering our true self, our wholeness. The shadow, our dark side, the part we can’t imagine has anything to do with us and don’t want anyone, especially our loved ones, to see, becomes the major obstacle to realizing our true nature of greatness, compassion and authenticity.

She recalls her inner turmoil of opposing voices when she transitioned from an awkward preadolescent into a pretty young teen—“You’re an idiot.” and “I’m better, prettier, smarter and more talented than everyone else.” Attempting to feel better led her to a sugar addiction and progressed to cigarettes, Pot, pills for uppers and downers and psychedelics.

Success at masking her true feelings and imitating the girls who seemed ‘to have it all together’ deceived herself as much as others until her world crumbled. Finally, at the age of 27 in a drug treatment center, she began to see the havoc of her battle with the dark side. Ultimate surrender in that war revealed a passion to help others on the journey through the human psyche to value their wholeness. The realization that “we possess every human characteristic and emotion, whether active or dormant, whether conscious or dormant” levels our field of reference.

The panoply of self-expression brings the gifts our wholeness manifests, making possible infinite means of well-being and peace—the freedom to truly be and extend love to our oneness. Integrating all the aspects of our journey expands the richness of our days and builds on our potential for gift giving and receiving.

Her beliefs now are that forgiveness, happening in our hearts not our heads, is the “hallway between the past and an unimaginable future; everything happens for a reason; we are always evolving and though oftentimes painful, it serves an important purpose; there is wisdom in every wound; and we are more than we ever dreamed possible.”

PART III – Marianne Williamson

Only Light Can Cast Out Darkness

 Struggling over the juxtaposition of so much tender beauty in the world—from sleeping babies and bounteous bouquets of blossoms, love on earth—to wars and inexorable suffering and destruction of living things, she acknowledges an antiforce that gets us to do its bidding because we have forgotten who we are and “thus act as we are not.”  This darkness represents not a presence but an absence of light. “And the only true light is love.”

 Separated from love, our wholeness and God, we perceive our anger as justified, blame of another is only reasonable, and attacking someone is righteous self-defense. Fear takes over and threatens to crush the soul. The antidote is to change our thinking to a higher frequency—loving unconditionally and unwaveringly, involving radical truth telling, and expanding our sense of love beyond the personal, social and political implications.

Metaphysically, through her work with Course in Miracles, she accepts “Nothing but God’s love exists and what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.” Practically, however, understanding the creative power of our thoughts and words and our propensity for separation, she sees God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, the Illuminator, as a bridge between our shadow and our light. This reminds us that the darkness is not real, and through prayer with the willingness to separate the truth from illusion, we are open to seeing others and ourselves differently.

Cultivating the sacred in our lives gives us space to stay connected to our spiritual reality, seeing how busyness can be our enemy and how communing with others in a holy space can bring balance and peace. With awareness of the ubiquitous negative thoughts, you can place yourself in the flow of gratitude, eliminating self-hatred and affirming others at the same time. “Prayer is a force; meditation harmonizes the energies of the universe; and forgiveness transforms the heart.”

Energy created in a group is a collective shadow, magnified and growing exponentially–with fear or love. The challenge is to love with a greater conviction than to the hate and fear of terrorism. The illumination of our true needs comes not from rational evidence but from a mystery for the realms of pure potentiality.

Apprehension about our shadow is easily seen and felt until we come to see that our darkness also hides our light, and “It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We are powerful beyond measure.” Our consciousness and our choices expand to embrace our wholeness and the love our Source has given to us all.

Book Club Discussion Part 1 of THE BOND: “The Superorganism”

In Part 1 of “The Bond, Connecting Through The Space Between Us” – Lynne McTaggart sets out to demonstrate how we exist in relationship to each other via our bonds as well as with the universe itself. Beginning with an account of the scientific explorations on the observer affect pursued by Wheeler and others, Lynne McTaggart challenges our thinking about where we end and the universe begins.  This is indeed a great struggle for advanced meditators who are able to shift their state of awareness from oneness (I am) to interconnectedness (we are) and back again to the state of ‘I am.’   “The Bond” makes the case for expanding our ability to think from the perspective of a unified ‘we’ versus a solitary ‘I.’

This section of the book also opens an interesting discussion on the topic of genetics and how genetics alone does not shape our life or destiny.  Rather, it is our positive or negative environments as much as anything else that determine who we are.

Lynne McTaggart’s account of the theories of the Russian scientist Alexander Chizhoevosky in 1921 was most fascinating.  He had proposed that many of the world’s upheavals in history were the result of solar activity and solar flares.  At the time his theories were not well accepted as political regimes preferred to think of a revolution as the result of the people rising up against the status quo.   The poor man was sent to the northern reaches of Russia, where he could not expand his theories. However, 30 years later, his work was revisited by scientists who felt he was quite possibly right after all. It turns out that there is a correlation between the sun’s activity and many social phenomenon.  We are linked to solar weather and all kinds of geo-magnetic activity of the solar system manifesting as increases in crime, heart attacks, car accidents, mental illness symptoms flaring up, and swings in the stock market to name a few.

In the final section of Part 1 Lynne McTaggart discusses our shared circuitry and how the emotions of another may be mirrored in ourselves via an empathic response.  We can relate to others in distress because we put ourselves in their shoes and literally feel their pain as if it were ours.  Repatterners, who have felt the physical pain of others, will find this section fascinating and informative.

Her conclusion is that we are hardwired to connect with others to survive and be our true selves.  We are born to play as a team.  Our tendency toward competition is self-destructive, and harms us more than we realize.  We have the predisposition to be collaborative with no inter-conflict and in that state for all of us to flourish.

Submitted by Carolyn Winter

Past president and current RPA Volunteer

 BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION: 

What Are Your Thoughts? – Your comments on this post in general are welcomed or on any of the book club questions below.  To get to the comment box, be sure you are on the page for this post by clicking the title above.  That will take you to the page with a comment box and where you may share this article on your Facebook/Twitter or other social media network.
Book Club Questions:

What has been your experience of ‘shared circuitry’ in your life?

How has community life changed for you in your lifetime?

What is your best experience of community or shared circuitry?

In what ways have you repatterned a bond of belonging?

Related Links: General Book Review | Part I “The Superorganism” (this Post)| Part 2 & 3 Coming this November

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Book Review – The Bond: Connecting Through the Space Between Us by Lynne McTaggart

Lynne McTaggart is the author of several books including “What Doctors Don’t Tell You,” “The Field – The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe” and “The Intention Experiment.”  You may remember Lynne McTaggart as one of our virtual conference guest speakers in 2008.   For anyone wanting to understand more of the science behind why repatterning works, any of these books are highly recommended.  In her newest book “The Bond,” journalist Lynne McTaggart tackles her topic by sharing the explorations of science that support her proposition that we are more than individuals but owe our identity and being to our connection with the many bonds in our life and ultimately the universe itself.  More than that, it is the space in between these bonds where the connections are forged.  As a first-rate storyteller, McTaggart recounts the scientific trails that lead scientists to particular conclusions with the tone of a good mystery cliff hanger quickly drawing the reader into each chapter.  It soon doesn’t feel like a technical book at all as you race to read the next chapter to find out where the next piece of evidence exists.

This book is about the innate resonance or energy that is available to us through our entrainment with each other, our groups, our community, our culture, the world. In repatterning language, it is the entrainment frequencies that may have weakened for many of us depending on where we live, or our cultural ties or group. In western society McTaggart makes the point that the pull towards individualization, me first, and qualities of greed, dishonesty, and competition have weakened our bond with each other and with the world. According to the studies outlined by Mctaggart we suffer with greater mental health issues, physical health, our happiness and longevity.  We may die having the most money or stuff or both, and think we are really the winners when, in fact, we have lost more than we know.  Lynne McTaggart successfully argues how it can be much different.

Throughout “The Bond,” McTaggart outlines many rich examples of people, groups and societies with a much different world view that illuminates our bond from nature itself to each other and our group.  Her purpose in writing the book is ‘to prove that we are living an outdated set of rules and to demonstrate how easy it is to live in wholeness.’

After reading this book and the many stunning examples, you too will conclude that Lynne McTaggart has accomplished her intention.

Resonance Repatterning professionals may enjoy many parts of the book that support our understanding of some of the repatternings learned in the “Healing the Family Systems” repatternings by Magui (formerly Carin) Block as well as her many references to resonance, coherence and patterns.  It may help you to broaden your perspective in some of these repatternings.

For everyone who has lived in an active community, this book will help you to understand the value of your connection there and to your life.   Lynne McTaggert’s questioning style allows the reader to take each chapter and reflect on its meaning in their own life experiences.

I highly recommend “The Bond” and invite a book club type discussion over the months ahead using this blog publication and these posts. There is a post (or will be) for each of the 3 sections of “The Bond” where you may comment or ask questions and share opinions with everyone reading along with this book.

Carolyn Winter 

RPA Volunteer