by Azriel ReShel, Uplift Waking Times Some years ago while staying at the ashram of the Indian saint, Ramana Maharshi, nestled at the foot of the forest covered mountain of Arunachala, I read the great sage’s sacred words, etched above a doorway: “Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try as you may. Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to prevent it. This is certain. The best course, therefore, is to remain silent.” His words are a key to karma and destiny. As someone who would try and make things happen, forcing outcomes and who struggled … Continue reading THE UNIVERSAL LAW OF KARMA


by Phillip J. Watt, Contributor Waking Times I just want to speak to you right now. How’s your mind going? Forget your outside world for a moment, and think about how you feel inside. You taking care of yourself? You organizing your mind wisely? Those questions are introspective, which is a process we should commonly do for ourselves. Like. Every. Day. Because when we undertake introspection – which can result with many epic and more mundane rebirths – we’re attempting to create more order out of the chaos, regardless if that order sometimes results as chaos in disguise. In other words, we’re … Continue reading LEARN ABOUT YOUR MIND – SELF-HYPNOSIS 101

Masters of reality

A Mongolian shaman or böö sits with his child before a fire ritual during the summer solstice in June 2018 outside Ulaanbaatar. Banned under communist rule, shamanism has seen a resurgence in Mongolia since 1992, when the ancient practice became protected by the country’s Constitution. Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty The trances and healing powers of shamans are so widespread that they can be counted a human universal. Why did they evolve? by Thomas T Hills is professor of psychology at the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK. Edited by Sam Dresser Shamanism is as varied as those who practise it. Its practitioners range from indigenous … Continue reading Masters of reality


by Haley Hamilton I interviewed a real ‘death doula’ about the future of end-of-life care. Fear of the unknown? Try tripping balls on LSD There are four major fears people have about dying. First is the process: pain, discomfort, helplessness. Second, the fear of what’s next, if anything; what happens when this ride is over? Third, what philosopher Thomas Nagel describes as the deprivation of all the good stuff life rewards us with (so, basically, FOMO). And finally, a fear of a life not fully lived. What can help alleviate these anxieties as one nears the end of life? Tripping balls on LSD. … Continue reading HOW PSYCHEDELICS ARE HELPING THE DYING MAKE PEACE WITH THE OTHER SIDE


by Derek Beres, Big Think Waking Times While the Tao Te Ching is not one of the world’s most discussed religious texts, at least relative to the amount of attention the Bible, Quran, and Buddhist and Hindu doctrines receive, Laozi’s slim volume of instructions has massively influenced how we think about Eastern philosophy. The basis of Taoism is embedded in his series of short and punchy ideas that are rooted in, at times, paradoxical thinking. Consider one of his most famous aphorisms: “The Tao does nothing, and yet nothing is left undone.” The ‘nothing’ is wu-wei, often translated as ‘non-action.’ One translation of Taoist ideas, Tao: … Continue reading HOW A FOURTH-CENTURY TAOIST CONCEPT IS TREATING ANXIETY

Why Trees Are The Ultimate Meditation Teachers

Photo by Eric Parks | In Buddhism, trees have long been recognized as living things worthy of recognition and protection. By Lauren Krauze Last April, my morning meditation was interrupted by the sounds of whirring chainsaws and clamoring trucks. When I stepped to the window, I noticed three men from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation standing around a large oak tree on the sidewalk in front of my apartment. At first, I thought they were trimming the branches. As I watched them saw off larger and larger sections, I realized they were cutting down the entire tree. … Continue reading Why Trees Are The Ultimate Meditation Teachers


by Julian Wash, Contributor Waking Times Today I would like to return to your awareness an aspect of the Human condition that ventures past the confines of the physical realm and into the vast and infinite beyond. It’s our nature to migrate away from our bodies although we never really think of it that way. It’s not difficult to see that we’re not entirely in one place all of the time. Our thoughts are often elsewhere, transitory and elusive, and virtually immune to the entanglements of time and space. We are free to go anywhere— to visit the past and present and … Continue reading WHERE ARE WE WHEN WE’RE NOT HERE?