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Is There Really A Revolution of Consciousness Going On?

It has been said that we are in the midst of a large-scale global awakening. That many people are waking up left, right and center to the realization there is a grand deception taking place perpetrated by elite corporate/banker ruling oligarchs: That more and more people are realizing the government is not acting in our best interest but is in power to serve these ruling oligarchs with plans that can only serve to enslave humanity.
 
Is there really a revolution of conscious going on acting as a catalyst that's so desperately needed to bring about significant planetary changes away from the current destructive insanity?
 
First it must be remembered that this is not about a revolution as in rioting on the streets, seizing of property... etc. but creating the transformation needed to bring about liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as instilled hundreds of years ago by American forefathers, requiring governance by an honest government that serves to protect and promote truth, justice, liberty and equality.
 
-In short a government for the people by THE PEOPLE.
 
So, to answer the question is there really a revolution of conscious going on?' let's review the evidence.
 
1. Increasing alternative media popularity
 
Yes, the alternative media realm is gaining more and more of the lion's share, presenting news, views and opinions that mainstream media would not be brave enough to publish. No longer are alternative media websites regarded merely as material for a few paranoid conspiracy theory kooks... People in increasing numbers are waking up to the realization that many of the so-called conspiracy theories are conspiracy facts: thus turning myth into reality by changing points of view, while discovering the propagandist lies and cover-ups by the mainstream media...
 
2. Alternative news related public speakers find increasing audiences
 
In line with the above I've heard it said from a number of alternative media related public speakers that their audiences are increasing in numbers. For example, alternative health author and speaker Phillip Day said that not only are his audiences increasing on his tours but are also questioning more, showing their increasing interest and alertness... 
 
3. Decreasing ratings in mainstream media
 
In recent years there has been a continuing slump in mainstream media ratings. This includes some of the biggest names such as CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. For example, a recent study by Pew Research found that 3 mainstream media mega-corporations had their prime-time viewers' fall in ratings by 11 percent. According to Michael Snyder in his report the slump is caused by American people increasingly losing faith in the establishment-controlled manipulated mainstream media with their political and corporate self-interests... 
 
 
Consequentially, people are turning to alternative media sources for more truthful, honest reporting. This is quite significant when you realize that the entire mainstream media is owned and controlled by only 6 corporations!
 
4. Public opinion prevented a war on Syria 
 
We saw waves of protest and a groundswell of public opinion which had prevented Obama's plans to order military intervention in Syria. British Prime Minister Cameron had also failed to get parliamentary backing for the strikes having been outvoted by MP's. The call for military intervention was centered on the allegation that Syria had not handed over all their chemical weapon of mass destruction... now where had we heard all that before?! 
 
5. There is a growing awareness of political corruption
 
More and more are getting the realization that political corruption is endemic and politicians are increasingly out-of-touch with the people their supposed to serve. More than ever people are seeing right through the lies and ulterior motives: Politicians continue to fail to maintain peace, are major culprits in preventing health's biggest problems such heart disease, cancer and dementia getting solved... They aid and abet harmful technologies to us and the environment like GMO, fracking and geo-engineering while having a significant hand in the growing rift between the rich and poor... 
 
-All this because of self-interest, corrupt governmental practices and monopolistic greed resulting in the ongoing planetary devastation, suffering and financial destitution of hundreds of millions of people.
 
To summarize
 
To answer the question 'is there really a revolution of consciousness going on?' the answer has to be yes. Will the threshold number of aware people be enough to influence the necessary planetary changes needed to take us away from the doom and gloom..? Well, that indeed remains to be seen.

Parents Of Troubled Teenagers Struggle At Home Everyday

Parents Of Troubled Teenagers Struggle At Home Everyday
 
He is breaking your heart. He was such a sweet kid, quiet and introverted, but always happy to do his own thing. The divorce hit him so hard and he was devastated when he had to move so far away from what friends he had. He never took to the city where you grew up like you hoped he would. In the new apartment he grew sullen and distant.
 
Then once his dad stopped calling regularly like he promised he would and planned visits started falling through he just became angry. He can barely bring himself to talk to you anymore. His grades have plummeted. He takes no joy from any of the things he once loved and some of the kids he has started to hang out with scare the hell out of you. You don't know what to do anymore. You used to be able to talk to him but now it is as though he blames everything that is wrong with his life on you.
 
You feel as though his youth is slipping away and you are beginning to dread the young man he might grow into. Maybe it's time to consider sending him away for some kind of intervention.
 
It is never easy to be separated from our kids, especially when it's under difficult circumstances. We all want the best for our children from the day of their birth. It's hard to accept that we cannot always provide what it is they so desperately need. And, yes, terrifying when we see them in peril that we're unable to avert. It's essential not to lose sight of what's ultimately best for them. Blindly hoping for change that you see no evidence of is sometimes a dangerous course of inaction. Know that the regrets in parenting that linger longest are the regrets over the things we didn't do rather than the things we did for the best of intentions. 
 
We all try to surround ourselves with peers, that is certainly not unique to troubled teenagers. Troubles may arise though when the only common ground for a peer group is anger and dysfunction as we have a tendency to adopt the troubles of our peers. Occasionally a group of troubled teens who are acting out can find themselves considering things which not one of them would consider on their own. This is frequently why sending a teenager away for counselling or treatment is so crucial.
 
While every program and facility is slightly different most of them are geared towards helping with depression and teens with anger issues. Many will also address attention deficit disorders, anxiety, substance abuse and a host of other problems which require professional intervention.
 
While these types of intervention programs are certainly not cheap they aren't prohibitively expensive either. You are covering, of course, not only the room and board for you child but also for the extensive expertise of the counselors, therapists, educators and staff of the facility or program.
 
If you're truly concerned about the road down which your teen seems determined to travel maybe what's most needed is a change of scenery. Sometimes a teen who is afforded the chance to step outside of his or her scenario can gain the perspective needed to get back on track. 

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Guide To Goal Setting

Guide To Goal Setting
  
Goal setting has been with us since forever. But, really, is thinking up and dreaming about the goals we have set all there is to it? Of course, not. Goal setting is not simply about expressing what we want out of life, but also having the drive, the perseverance and the action to reach them and make them happen. There are several methods. Here are five of the most basic:
 
1. Write down the goals you have set.
While our brains have the capacity to save information and remember what they absorb, our goals could get lost and forgotten somewhere between our favorite soap opera and the bills we have to pay. It works best if we write down the things and events we want to happen, so that we can frequently keep track and check if we are still on the right path. Get creative with your goal setting list. Place them were you see them often so you'll never forget.
 
2. Set a goal that satisfies what you truly want; not just something that would impress others. Be true to yourself. It does not work if what you're aspiring for is for the pleasure and awe of others. Your goal should be something that would make you happy and benefit YOU. After all, you're the one who is going to be working for it.
 
3. Avoid setting contradicting goals. Be realistic.For a simpler example, you cannot write down "set aside $500 from salary this month" if you're earning only $800 a month and have a $250 rent. How would you survive on a $50 monthly? While saving $500 seems like a very good idea and could lead to a fat savings account in no time, it is not realistic. Set based on what you can truly work with.
 
4. Try to be more detailed.This will help you identify your next move more easily. For instance, "buy a $99 iPod shuffle in one month" is easier to work for than simply setting "buy an iPod". Not only will the more specific goal be easier to achieve, it will also be more satisfying because there would be no confusion or what-ifs along the way.
 
5. Stick to your goals. Avoid straying.
If you've written down, "save $5 from daily expense allocation" then do so diligently. Don't set aside $2 today and just keep a mental note to keep $8 the next day. Be consistent. Cheating on your list is like cheating on yourself. This is more effective for short-term goals, of course. If you had originally written "own a Honda Scooter by 30" yesterday, surely you can change that and aim higher for a Honda Civic if you find yourself earnings $8000 a month at 25.
In short, know exactly what you want, to be able get exactly what you want and more. Keep these goal setting tips in mind always and, who knows, your dreams could become reality in no time! 

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Want to be a Hit at Speed Dating?

Being in a relationship and having some romance in our lives does not come naturally to some of us, particularly with the hurried daily lives many of us lead. If you are single and have been for some time then maybe you need some help? One effective method that has proven itself in the past few years is speed dating. If you ve never tried it before then read on and see how you can be successful in landing yourself a hot date.
 
First impressions are important and what you wear on the night should be considered very carefully. We all like to look at beautiful people and you don t have to be drop dead gorgeous to make heads turn when you walk in the room. Good grooming will be noticed, have a haircut, trim or shave, go to the beauty salon, get a manicure and buy yourself some decent clothes. It s worth spending money as after all, you are looking for a life partner, not just taking a trip to the shops!
 
Just because it is a speed dating event does not mean you have to wear clothes that are too short, too tight, too flashy or tarty. You don t want people looking at you for the wrong reasons, think stylish, classic, and tasteful and you ll be fine. Mostly people will be looking at your face as you will be sitting down so go easy on the make up and trim those nostril hairs.
 
Maintaining eye contact is essential when conversing with people as it shows them you have nothing to hide and that you are interested in what they are saying. People like to talk about themselves and keeping eye contact will show you are a good listener. Make sure you actually listen to their answers as well, as it is a two way system and you have to think about whether you want to actually see this person again. 
 
 Always think about the kinds of questions you want to ask before you go to an event, it s best to be prepared as you don t want awkward silences, particularly as you only have 3 minutes to make an impression. If you sit there stuttering or muttering 'I can t think of any questions, then you won t get anyone selecting you as a date at the end of the night. Consider what questions might be interesting topics and don t forget that they are also going to be asking you about yourself so be prepared with interesting answers.
 
When answering their questions you need to talk about your strengths, not point out your weaknesses. You want these people to see the good and positive aspects about your character and you won t do that by letting them know you are tight with money, or that your longest relationship was only for a month! Be positive, charming and chatty and you ll be a winner. You could even go as far as preparing a few paragraphs about yourself, all positive and glowing of course. Look online for speed dating in Leeds.
 
Just because you only have 3 minutes doesn t mean you should only ask basic getting to know you questions, where do you live, what do you do for a living?, etc. You can start off with a few questions like this but don t be shy to ask about their ambitions and goals in life. This is a situation where everyone is looking for a possible date so it s acceptable to delve a bit deeper into people s lives than you might normally.
 
Portraying a confident manner can really get you noticed, even if you are a bag of nerves! Maintain eye contact; don t sit with your arms and legs crossed as this presents a barrier against your dating partner. Sit back, relax, listen, and smile.
 
Last of all, have a positive attitude. If you are only going 'because your friend wants company or get there take one look and decide they are all a bunch of losers then you are just wasting your time and might as well have stayed at home. People tend to grow on you, you might not instantly find them attractive but get to know their character and suddenly you realize you really like this person!
 
 

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The Price of Fame

In 2012 a Michael Jackson song titled Price of fame was released. In it he writes:

 

"I want a face no one can recognize, in disguise

Someone called out my name

They thought of taking pictures, autographs, then they grab

My joy had turned to pain"

 

There was a time when arguably the worlds greatest pop star walked the streets wearing disguises. Covering the faces of his children with blankets and veils to keep the paparazzi from snapping pictures of them. Imagine for a moment, a world of strangers, dressed like you, calling you by your first name, like they actually know you. Crying out to you saying "I love you" only for you to turn and realize you have no idea who they are.

 

"Father always told me,

You won't live a quiet life

If you're reaching for fortune and fame

I feel the pressure setting in, I'm living just to win

I'm done in my pain, don't you feel no pain?"

 

Consider some of Michael's songs; "Leave me Alone" "Beat it" "They Don't Care about us" and "Scream". Maybe he was trying to tell us something? Imagine relinquishing the very thing we all covet at some point in our lives....our privacy.  Fame means sacrificing the little things in life we often take for granted. The opportunity to think, eat, shop, to walk in silence and gather our thoughts, to reflect on life. "You won't live a quiet life, If you're reaching for fortune and fame." If you had to give up walking your kids to the park, watching a movie or going on simple intimate dates would it be worth the cost of fame?

 

"It's the price of fame, you pay the price of fame

So don't be feeling' no pain!

It's the price of fame, it's the price of fame

So don't you ever complain?"

 

Thanks to the internet the most intimate details of our parts of our personal lives are now very public. But do we really have the right to enter into the back yards and bedrooms of our favorite celebs? Regardless to what we think, with the attention that fame brings comes; TMZ, the gossip blogs, the stalkers, the constant pressure of never making mistakes in public that others get to make in private. But is fame really worth the price of making your private life public?

 

"I feel the pressure setting in, I'm living just to win" There's is an indescribable feeling that comes with being famous that most never get to experience. But with this comes a tremendous temptation to remain at the top. To protect what has been bestowed by others. Isn't that truly what fame is? Something others have given you? Fame is often built on one's reputation and reputation is all about how you are recognized by others. Problem is, in today's society fame too often based on perception of beauty, talent and winning over actual character. You don't believe this? Just consider all the World class athletes who lie about not using performance enhancing drugs. Think about some of today's celebs who are famous for recording a sex video, who only yesterday beat their women, stabbed or shot somebody, openly admit to illegal drug use, were caught committing child pornography, and those who even paid $30 million dollars in settlements for something they say they...didn't do?

But despite these acts many still buy their music, watch their movies and wear their sports jerseys. Everyone makes mistakes and undoubtedly deserves a second chance. But before restoring them to fame don't you deserve to see a change in their character? Does a pedophile really get to now serenade you about love, sex and romance or work in a church youth ministry with your kids? Is the cost of fame so great that we are required to exchange low character for a high degree of talent? As one quote goes "If character is the tree, reputation is the shadow." Reputation, the shadow, disappears when the "shine" is gone. But character, the tree, it always remains, so it would be wise to protect the tree!

 

And where does the church fit into all of this? Some popular celebrities who call themselves Christians started out in church but now they flash illuminati signs, popularize the degradation of women, the abuse of alcohol and drugs, and sensationalize the mob and thug life. Then they stand before us wearing huge diamond encrusted crosses and grilles thanking God as they accept their Oscar, Grammy or Image awards. Is fame really worth your integrity?

 

Reality TV is full of shows with famous Christian gospel artist and preachers who sacrifice their Christian values in exchange for fame. But are they protecting their tree? Some say they're just keeping it real! But is the cost of fame worth compromising your values? Jesus said I am the Way, the Truth and the Life! So Christians are required to live a life in a way that truthfully follows Jesus. While it is refreshing to see popular Christians struggle publicly with things many of us know we also struggle with in private. We should also see these struggles take these folks straight back to Christ.

 

Today's mindset is that "keeping it real" is about accepting "what is", where things are as if there's no higher standard of living to ascribe to. But the responsibility of the church is to inspire others to raise their level of character. God's standard for the church is that they "Let His light so shine" in their lives. This by no means requires perfection from people, that's impossible! But it does require a life dedicated to striving towards this standard. Instead of accepting "It is what is!" find out what "it's supposed to be" and strive for that!

 

"It's the price of fame, you pay the price of fame, So don't be feelin' no pain!" What good is character and integrity if you lose your sense of identity? When you look in a mirrors it allows you to identify with the person you see looking back at you. Yet for the price of fame people give up their sense of self by surgically altering their faces and their bodies. Imagine the pain of one day looking in a mirror and feeling no physical or emotional attachment to the face looking back at you. Lip injections, butt injections, breast enhancements, body ink...lasting decisions for temporary gain. Is the cost of fame and the attention it brings worth the price of your very soul?

 

There's a new public service commercial where they're teaching that the cost of smoking cigarettes is greater than the money you will pay. In the commercial as a young girl pays for a pack of cigarettes the cashier tells her it's going to cost her more than her money! So the girl rips off a piece of skin from her face, takes her pack and walks out dejected. Because like all smokers she knows the cost she just doesn't believe she will ever have to pay the price! Imagine if the price of fame costs you your nose, the color of your skin, caused you to live everyday in excruciating pain while taking highly addictive drugs just so you could continue to do concerts and sell records just stay on top....is that cost too high?

 

There is an even greater price to be considered before chasing fame. The fast paced and turbulent lifestyle that accompanies fame can demand your very life. Charlie Parker, Jackie Wilson, Billy Holiday, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Biggie, Tupac, Elvis, Chris Kelly (Kris Kross) Heath Ledger, Kurt Cobain...and the list goes on. Jesus said "What good is it if a man gains the whole world yet loses his soul? Jesus himself was famous but the Bible says he never sought a reputation for himself. In other words he never chased fame! So you can be famous without ever chasing fame. Difference is, fame didn't cost Jesus his life, purpose did!

 

It's been said that life has its greatest value when we spend it doing what we love most. It can be argued that many if not all of these folks named above died at a time when they were still doing what they loved doing most. But for too many on this list their lives were marked by violence, turmoil, tragedy, battles with alcohol, drugs, depression. Some may argue that this is the price of fame. But maybe it more likely be that it's not enough that you live your life doing what you love most. You may also need a sense of purpose to direct your life and lead you down the path of your destiny. Now don't go crazy trying to buy up books to figure out your purpose. Just be true to who you are, to what you love most and purpose will reveal itself. Purpose is most revealed when living a life in intimate relationship with God. Because as the Creator he is most aware of who you are and what you are created for and He will lead you to your true destiny.

 

Pastor and author Andy Stanley suggests in his book the Principle of the Path that just as there are physical roads that lead to physical destinations there are also financial, spiritual and emotional pathways that lead to actual destinations. If this is true then maybe there is also a pathway to fame. But if fame has a pathway what price is there to travel along that road? You may want to consider an alternate route. Instead of searching for the path to fame, discover the road to your destiny! A road designed for who you are, that is paved with opportunity for your talents, that requires high character and that values integrity. Why not search for this road! That way if fame happens along the way....it won't cost you a thing!

 

God has Already Blessed!

 

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