Kingsley L. Dennis, Contributor Waking Times The sacred, the sublime, has always walked amongst the profane. The signs are everywhere, blended into the sidewalks, pulp fictions, and the kitsch trappings of the art world. For iconic sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, most of the sublime things of his world were disguised as trash that seamlessly slipped into the background of a dysfunctional world reality. The seeming trash of the everyday mundane clashed with incoming cosmic mutterings that have found their way into much of our popular culture. “Science fiction is always more important than science.’ ~Timothy Leary In the US especially, a … Continue reading COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS & OUTER SPACES IN POPULAR CULTURE


by Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Guest Waking Times “Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer You don’t have to be a genius to be creative, but you do have to be creative to be a genius. Similarly, you don’t have to be awesome to not suck, but you do have to not suck to be awesome. There seems to be a theme here. In order to be an awesome genius, or at least to strive to be one, we should endeavor to be more creative and to suck less. Easier said than … Continue reading 7 NEXT-LEVEL MIND HACKS THAT CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING

19 Signs You Are Experiencing A Spiritual Awakening and What To Do About It

image edited by Fernando Kaskais by Rachelle Barron Knight There is something wonderful happening on this planet right now. Many of the old ways are coming into question, systems are collapsing, relationships are dissolving, more and more questions are being asked and people are beginning to feel increasingly wary and restless. The consciousness of humanity is growing and people are beginning to take notice. Do you recognize yourself in that? If you do, then you are being called now to wake up. Just like everything else, consciousness evolves and we humans are no exception to that. We astrologers have known … Continue reading 19 Signs You Are Experiencing A Spiritual Awakening and What To Do About It


by Anna Hunt, Staff Writer Waking Times Samadhi Part 1: Maya the Illusion of the Self is the first installment in a series by filmmaker Daniel Schmidt. In this visually-stunning film, Schmidt attempts to articulate to the viewer the meaning of samadhi. He also examines how we are the cause of and, through samadhi, the solution to all of our suffering. The word Samadhi is the representation of a human mystical state that is the root of all spirituality and self inquiry. Often, it is the state that many correlate with the ultimate purpose of meditation. The Illusion of the Self Humanity has forgotten … Continue reading BREATHTAKING FILM EXPLAINS THE PURPOSE OF MEDITATION AND THE ANSWER TO HUMAN SUFFERING

Metaphysics of metamorphosis

Life as a process; a cicada larva emerges from its shell, July 2016 in Jinhua, China. Photo by VCG/Getty The swarming, ever-changing character of the living world challenges our deepest assumptions about the nature of reality by John Dupré is a British philosopher of science and director of the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences at Exeter University. His latest book is Processes of Life: Essays in the Philosophy of Biology (2012). Edited by Sally Davies If philosophy is a tree, metaphysics and epistemology are its two main branches. Epistemology asks how we can know about the world; metaphysics tries to figure out what the world is, at … Continue reading Metaphysics of metamorphosis


by Christina Sarich, Healers of the Light Waking Times We’ve all got to learn the lessons of our karma, but at some point we also need to let go. If we aren’t careful, the lessons which were meant to teach us about higher levels of consciousness can keep us from achieving them. Here’s how not to get stuck processing your karma. Karma isn’t what most people believe it is. As defined by its Sanskrit root, karma is a neutral phenomenon. The word simply means effect from a cause. Karma isn’t a punishment. It is simply information in, and information out. If you let go of … Continue reading WHAT KARMA REALLY MEANS

The Power of the Third Moment

Photograph by Seth Miranda The look you gave the driver who cut you off. The email you shouldn’t have sent. There’s an effective way to avoid acting on your worst emotions. By Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche Another driver cuts you off, and you feel a surge of rage. A coworker gets the promotion you think you deserve, and waves of jealousy wash over you. The pastry display in the grocery store beckons, and you sense your willpower dissolving. Anger. Impatience. Shock. Desire. Frustration. You spend your days bombarded by emotions. These emotions are often negative—and if you act on them, they can … Continue reading The Power of the Third Moment