The Youniverse

All is not as it seems.

Our economic system says we’re broke and that we haven’t currently got what it takes to be considered wealthy. Our reality says we have more than enough of what it takes to be considered wealthy- that is the physical goods and services that provide us with the actual experience of wealth- and that we have the ability to create even more prosperity, if needed.

Which do we choose to believe though: the words of the economic system, or the reality of the situation? Because they are completely opposite from one another. The economic system exists in a world of fantasy, one in which it tries to convince us of our own poverty. The reality is we are working ourselves to death to produce more of what we already have an abundance of, just so that we can get money to pay our debts. In fact, we have such an abundance of stuff that we spend a huge amount of time convincing one another to buy the stuff, through various forms of advertising and marketing.

We are currently rich beyond our wildest dreams. Just ask our elders. They will tell you they wouldn’t have dreamed of having the riches we now have in our world. Thanks to technological innovation we are now more productive than we’ve ever been. Yet, in an economic sense, in terms of debt, our elders were wealthier than we are now- that is they had less debt than we have now.

Something doesn’t add up. How can a society say it can’t do something when it has the material, human power, skill and imagination and the will to do something, only to be denied because of a lack of “money”?

So what’s my point? Like many people, I’ve convinced myself of our collective poverty because I was listening to the economic doom and gloom. I had blinders on, allowing me to only see dollars as wealth. Now though, I see that the lack of dollars does not mean a lack of wealth. I see that we need to change our monetary system so that it reflects the truth of our current situation.

I’ve previously posted a link to positive money (positivemoney.org) Check them out to see the issues with our current monetary system and the solutions for those issues. It’s exciting and revelatory stuff!


Could These 3 Simple Changes to Banking Fix the Economy? →

If someone told you that a mountain of personal debt could be cleared via 3 simple changes to the way that money and banking works, would you like to know how?

So, I’ve just realized everybody is scrambling to make more money because everybody is looking to pay off debts. Our need for money is our need to pay off debts. The problem with this is that the debts will never be repaid in full because most of our money is debt in and of itself. That’s right, money is debt. It is created by the bank when you or I get any kind of loan from them. Then we are expected to pay back that debt with more debt in order to cover the interest the banks charge. Suddenly there’s a mountain of debt that just can’t be dealt with, which is what we have today!

People scramble less or borrow more “money” when the interest rates are low, causing everybody to feel good about everything. “Growth is going well!” proclaim the papers. The illusion of prosperity solidifies. The rug gets pulled out from under us though as soon as interest rates start rising. As the rates rise and interest payments become harsher people start working harder and harder to pay off their debts. The thing is, interest payment is inevitable in this system, because debts can never be repaid in full. It’s just a matter of how much interest we pay and how much we suffer in our illusion of paying off our debts. 

Remember this: money is not wealth. Money is a measure of wealth. The actual wealth we have is the tangible products and services created and used by us. In essence, we are the wealth behind our world. The people themselves are to be valued- not some digits in an account. We are not and have not ever been bankrupt in actual wealth. We have only been bankrupt in our ability to measure our wealth. We’ve been pretending that since we can’t apparently measure wealth without the money we’ve lost, the wealth no longer exists! It’s like saying distances don’t exist because we don’t have rulers to measure them with!

So onwards we race, not giving a damn about the environment, other people or even our own selves, because we’re obsessed with making money. In general, we have never been richer in terms of material wealth and never been poorer in terms of debt.

Ponder this for a bit. See if any of it makes sense to you. There’s a lot more information on the Positive Money website :)


Not very good audio or video again. I need a new computer if I’m going to continue making videos, haha! Well, for me this is not so much about the actual video as it is about my own development and putting myself out there more. I am putting this up because I promised myself I would do it. 

So this video is about the heart and the mind. I truly believe a perspective that is predominantly mind based belittles life. I mean, when we come from our hearts I feel we respect life more, whereas when we come from our minds we just see labels. It is because everything is just a bunch of labels to us that we can do the things we do without feeling anything. Some examples: we can destroy the earth, exploit people living in foreign countries in order to make our cheap clothes and goods and create factory farms, all because we are trying to run our mind based economic system. This mind based system belittles the feelings of people when they  say they feel for the environment, or the people being exploited or the animals on factory farms. I mean, there are people out there talking about possibly colonizing Mars just in case we destroy this earth. We don’t feel any connection to this planet because we are looking at it with our minds. 

Here’s what I had written before the video and this previous little blurb:

It’s funny, the things that truly matter to us; meaningful relationships, our passions, our desires and our joys, are all chosen from and experienced through our hearts. We carry the things that matter to us in our hearts, not in our minds. And yet we actively try to suppress our hearts in many ways.

Many of us, myself included, interact with the world primarily through our minds, and I feel this deadens our lives. We’re a bunch of zombies, walking around heartlessly in a haze of thoughts. I feel we all desperately want to feel alive, but we’re going about it the wrong way. The life-affirming experiences that make us feel most alive and that tend to become our most memorable experiences are ones that speak to our hearts. This is where we need to place our focus.

I think our bias towards the mind is a problem created primarily by our preference for a scientific perspective. Don’t get me wrong, I believe Science is great for finding out things about our material experience, but as far as our intangible emotional experience goes? Not so much. I feel a scientific view tends to belittle our lives and life itself. It tells us we’re nothing but a bunch of atoms and chemical reactions. It tells us everything, including ourselves, is the product of randomness. It tells us we create romantic relationships to produce offspring and that producing offspring is nothing more than the fulfillment of the desire to pass on our genes. It tells us animals probably have no feeling and nature along with the whole universe is one big machine. I feel this view is extremely insulting to all that makes life special to us. Imagine if somebody comes up to you and says your beloved dog is just a dog, completely overlooking the special bond you have with him and his personality. Imagine if you told your significant other that you love them only because it allows you to produce offspring. Good luck with that!

The heart feels what the mind cannot conceive. It gives meaning to what is objectively a bunch of atoms. It feels and cherishes the personality of your dog, your partner, your child and the uniqueness of everything else that is special to you. It makes life special to you. It doesn’t see the need to justify or rationalize the things that bring you joy. Running in a field for the fun of it makes perfect sense to the heart. So does spending lots of money at the vet’s office to save your dog. The heart is moved by the laughter of others, by the smell of blooming flowers and the sight of the starry night sky. It is what makes us who we are, much more so than our minds.

If there is any part of us that will save us from ourselves it is our heart. It is what will lead us to heal ourselves, each other and our planet. It is what will lead us where we want to go. The path to our dreams is made of feelings, not thoughts. It is a path of the heart, not of the mind.

As a result of this realization  I have decided to become more heart centered. I will make decisions that feel right to me. I will stop belittling all the things that bring me joy. I will choose what I am passionate about and what brings me joy with more clarity and conviction.


New Thought

As a society we have reached the miserable middle-class status, with the ever-present desire to expand and advance, but also the crippling fear of losing what we have gained and achieved, and what has brought us comfort from the pain of poverty.

So we spend much of our energy protecting those industries and ideas that have brought us up from poverty status, even though those industries and ideas do not serve us in moving towards our new desires and goals.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the education of the new energy that are our children. In most of our educational systems we attempt to perpetuate our current systems of thought, even though our children yearn to express the new thought and energy that they are.

The most basic expression of Life- the birthing of each new generation, is by its very nature an introduction of new energy, of new thought. Our children cannot help but think and express themselves in new ways. It is in their very nature to do so.

Each time our children rebel, it is because they naturally seek to express this nature and move the expression of Life forward, only to be met by resistance from elder generations. 

In squashing this rebellion and protecting the status quo, the elder generations are attempting to create systems that defy the energy of Life, which is the energy of change. Everything changes because everything must change in order to express Life. In other words, to not change is to express separation and the fact is that there is nothing separate in Life. In order for anything to live, it must express connection to something else. This is undeniably true. 

The pain of this middle-class misery is the pain of resisting Life. Naturally, for our society to get out of the misery it must look to express Life. This means it must let go of old, non-serving ideas while opening itself up to new ideas and energy. It must allow the expression of this new energy, its children, to express their nature while guiding them in avoiding its past mistakes. Above all, it must express connection and integration.

This is the lesson our experience makes clear to us. To not heed this lesson is to create more of the stagnation we are currently experiencing.


Our Time of Abundance

We live in a wonderful time of abundance; so much so that we now spend the majority of our time convincing others to buy our stuff or being convinced by others to buy their stuff. Every piece of advertising attests to this fact. Almost every office job attests to this fact. Every store attests to this fact. 

There’s just so much stuff being created by us; our stores are filled to the brim with all sorts of goods, so much so that they constantly reduce the prices of the goods in order to convince people to consume them.

We live in a time when we can produce more than we can consume. It’s a time when we dedicate resources to creating sprawling storage areas for our abundance of stuff, so that we can keep our homes free of it. In our time, stuff is found everywhere you turn, and more and more effort is being expended in moving it around rather than creating it.

The abundance is all around us, yet we are blind to it, acting as if there is lack. We clamour at stores to buy the stuff that’s on sale, even though we have too much already at home. We eat food like we’re going to starve, even though we’re getting more obese by the day. In the meantime there are others in other parts of the world that suffer from a lack of those very things that we are overly abundant in. Yet we continue onwards in our consumption, driven by our perception of lack.

Our actions reflect the fact that we aren’t enjoying our abundance; we are anxious about it disappearing. We are so focused on lack that we don’t take the time to take in the astounding amount of wealth we have already created. Instead of experiencing the assured joy of knowing that we already have more than everything we need, we experience the feeling of anxious lack, and we are motivated by this feeling. It’s very, very strange.

Tying this realization into the workings of the Law of Attraction, it seems to me that without creating a state of being of abundance and gratitude first, we will remain blind to the abundance we already have. We will destroy the world looking for the abundance that can only be realized with the shift in state of being. 


The problem is that people don’t value themselves, so they don’t feel deserving of the riches they themselves create. So we have wealth being created by most everyone and enjoyed by only a few. The stores are filled with goods, but people work for menial amounts, giving menial value to themselves, so they then cannot afford the goods they produced and put in the stores in the first place. They subsist on credit instead of real wealth, giving even more power and value to an external source. If only the people saw how advertisers clamor to get them to place value in their products; they would see that the real value is in their own ability to value the products, and not in the products themselves.

Imagining that we are powerless in the face of our own imaginings.

  • We have imagined a world where animals are kept in cages.
  • We have imagined a world where pets are bred on one hand while others needlessly die in shelters on the other.
  • We have imagined a world where slaughterhouses exist.
  • We have imagined a world where there is such a thing as third-world countries and first-world countries.
  • We have imagined a world where militaries exist.
  • We have imagined a world where students learn about the world by being told about the world instead of experiencing it first-hand.
  • We have imagined a world where 9-5 workdays exist.
  • We have imagined a world where caffeine is needed to jolt us from our sleep and keep us awake during our unexciting days.
  • We have imagined a world where one person makes less money than another for doing the same job, just because she has different body parts.
  • We have imagined a world where nature needs to be “developed” and where polluting our air and water for industry is good economic practice.
  • We have imagined a world where sweatshops and child-labour exist.
  • We have imagined a world where people are dying from over-eating in one part of the world while people are dying from not getting food in another part.
  • We have imagined a world where people who imagine things differently are mocked and ridiculed.
  • We have imagined a world where being unhappy, overworked, underpaid and stressed out is considered normal.
  • We have imagined a world where we produce more than we can consume, and throw out the excess as a solution.
  • We have imagined a world where our seniors are banished to die isolated from the rest of us.
  • We have imagined a world where we are separate from it and where the world is out to snuff us out of existence.
  • We have imagined a world where all these imaginings seem to be out of our power to change.

The reality is that we have the capability and the responsibility to imagine a different world, if we are unhappy with the current one. We can imagine a world that is reflective of our desires instead of our fears. We can imagine a world where we are self-empowered. It starts with imagining a different world, and validating and following that new imagination. It’s all up to us. 


Money is an idea within reality, not reality itself. Your monetary situation is an idea within reality, not reality itself.

As reality continues to naturally expand, so will the idea of money. The current use of money to represent limitation and lack cannot work, because it clashes with the expansive nature of reality when used in this way. 

As you expand the idea of you, reality must also expand. Each human being is born with the inherent ability to expand itself through the use of its imagination. As each human being naturally expands the idea of itself through the use of its imagination, so does reality.

The trouble is that human beings are not familiar with the nature of themselves, and so they limit themselves to an idea in the mind, which then consequently limits reality. This is why getting in touch with the reality of humanity and the reality of reality is so absolutely critical to our happiness and our well-being. 

Money bends to the nature of reality, not the other way around. Living realistically- by validating and following the true desires born in your imagination, allows reality to expand in order to bring symbols of abundance into your experience to fulfill those desires. These symbols of abundance may be money, or it may be something else, but something must show up to fulfill  the new reality of you. The important thing is to allow reality to support the new you by avoiding to limit it through imagined expectation. Reality can expand in an infinite number of ways. Let it do so by simply being who you desire to be and getting out of its way. 

The current ideas of competition for a limited number of resources, or the idea that your abundance will take away from another’s abundance are delusional ideas that clash with the nature of reality. There is enough for all because each person belongs, as proven by the fact of their existence. 

Reality expands itself each time a new desire is born. It’s up to us to let go of limiting ideas on abundance and allow that expansion to take place. 


Reality

Everything in the Universe belongs and is intelligently created, except for human beings, the thinking goes. Creation’s only mistake is that we as human beings are cursed with the defect of escaping reality through dreaming and the ability to create our personalities. These aspects of us are mistakes we were created with and we must make every effort to forsake them. We must restrict our free-flowing imagination, get our heads out of the clouds and face reality, or what others tell us is reality. We must limit our identities to what others imagine we should be, because that is the only way to be a “normal” human being. 

For a moment, let’s forget what others tell us is reality and really take a look at the situation. The first truth about reality is it is always changing. Whether we’re talking about the reality of the natural world or the reality of our social systems doesn’t matter. It always changes. So when someone talks about reality as a fixed thing, they are not talking about true reality at all.

The reality of being a human being is that we can dream and that our experience of reality is a reflection of what we dream ourselves to be. We have usually been dreaming ourselves as separate from our Universe, as an accident of sorts, and we’ve played up that idea so much that our experience tends to reflect that idea. The reality is that we are one with the Universe and that it supports us, which is ludicrously lucky, if we are the accidents we may believe we are. The reality is that each of us is a localized point of the Universe, supported by the whole in the experience of ourselves through seemingly separate perspectives. 

The reality is that each of us does choose our identities, by choosing which ideas we resonate with and which we do not. We are not like the animals in this way (not that we’re better), because we have complex personalities consisting of ideas and beliefs, which creates a greater difference between two of us than any two animals. The reality is we use our inherent freedom to choose the idea of ourselves as a limited identity. 

The reality is that our identities are created from contrast, and so we need the lovely contrast provided by other personalities in order to forge our own. This means everything we are not makes us who we are, which paradoxically means we are everything we are not. The reality is that without contrast, each of us would cease to know ourselves as a distinct identity.

The reality is that each of us is in existence and that is proof enough that we belong, as we are. We belong with our ability to dream, to choose preferences and to be free to be whatever type of person we prefer to be. We wouldn’t dare think that it’s a mistake that birds can fly so why do we think this about our ability to dream? Validating our dreams and following them is akin to validating the bird’s ability to fly. It’s the natural thing to do. It is our birthright to desire what we desire and to expand in whatever way we prefer. We may choose to hide our desires and preferences, but they will always remain a part of us.  We are never inherently stuck in a situation; our desire to change the situation is proof of that. 

The reality is that we have created many of the restrictions we think we are born with. Countries, religions, classes and other systems are not the true reality of the world. They are our experience of the reality of the world. This experience is created out of our wonderful imagination of what the world must be like. Our day-to-day experience is created by us, and most of us do not realize it. We create this reality where it is not acceptable to truly be who each of us prefers to be. We create this reality where violence and competition is more acceptable than love and compassion. We create this reality where we work at jobs we hate for most of our lives. We create this reality of pollution and environmental destruction. We create all the experiences of conflict, pain and suffering in our reality. 

The reality is that we can just as easily create experiences of joy, peace and abundance. The reality is that joy, peace and abundance are not pie-in-the-sky ideas with little hope of being applied to our lives. They are experiences created out of our ideas, just as violence, competition and suffering are. 

Allow yourself to live the truth of reality, instead of what we have thought reality must be. Express your inherent freedom to be whoever you prefer to be. Create systems that reflect the ideas you prefer to incorporate within your personality. Allow reality to change in ways you prefer. It isn’t as rigid as you thought it was. 


Too much is made of voting for Presidents, Prime Ministers and other Heads of State. The most influential votes we make are actually the numerous little votes we make every day. The most basic and fundamental of these is our vote for our preferred state of being. It is a vote we constantly make, every moment of every day. Choosing to be happy, joyful, passionate, loving, peaceful or any other positive state of being is akin to casting a vote for creating a world that is reflective of those states. This is because the foundational vote for positivity affects every other vote we make, from the vote on what we choose to eat to the vote on what types of activities our days are filled with. Our vote for positivity also affects the way we interact with others, creating a network of positive relationships, which then creates a positive society. And when it does come time to vote for our Heads of State, our foundational vote for positivity will then affect that vote as well, which means our leaders will also reflect our positive states of being. So the idea is to focus on this most important of votes and stick to that vote until our experience reflects it in every way imaginable.

— Sohail Desai


Less work, more play.

It is our deep desire for less work and more free-time that has driven the development of our technologies. We have decided and continue to decide that work sucks, and that we’d rather have fun doing things we truly enjoy. 

The truth is most of us hate getting up in the morning and working at some boring, mind-numbing cubicle, or assembly line, or white-walled store. So we have developed the means to free ourselves or limit the amount of time we spend on that type of work. 

Through automation we can now produce more food, clothing, shelter and medicine than we know what to do with. This reality is obscured by our inane love for competition, which produces an illusion of scarcity. In actuality, we produce so much stuff that we feel more comfortable throwing it away rather than saving it, probably because we are implicitly encouraged to do so. We have so much stuff that many of us spend our time convincing others to buy it. We have so much stuff that we need larger and larger homes to keep it all, and now have an influx of storage facilities for overflow.

The reality is that we now have the capability to be free of work and follow our true joy like never before. And the unstoppable, strengthening momentum of technology is leading us to even less work. Others may tell you this is a bad thing, that we need jobs, otherwise people will be homeless or whatever. These people are looking at our development from an old perspective. They cannot imagine a world where people have the freedom to fill their days with enjoyable activities. They resort to calling us “free-loaders” or “lazy”, as if our desire for less work is wrong or that we should actually desire to be productive little humans, mindlessly producing what we are told to produce. They forget the reasons we have developed as a society at all. 

Make no mistake about it: we are progressing to create less work and less stress, not more. Don’t let the older generation’s limited imagination convince you that we cannot create a world of increasing enjoyment. Our desire is strong enough. It has always been strong enough. It has been and is still leading us to where we want to go. We will get there faster if we each allow our desire full expression and stop listening to the naysayers. We only need to believe in our desire. History is on our side. The future is bright.


Social Engineers

Each of us is a social engineer. Our state of being and the choices we make determine what kind of life we live and what kind of society we live in.

At this point in time, most of us are amateurs, unaware of the tools we are using to create. In our ignorance we’ve gone about creation haphazardly, developing society without first understanding the mechanism of how we are developing it or why we are developing it the particular way we are. 

Because of our ignorance, our creation has almost taken on a mind of its own, seeming to be something larger than its creators. 

Now, we must realize that our creation is not larger than us and that it is very much within our control. We must realize our power and our responsibility in creating our society and we must do so quickly because we are reaching a threshold where numerous important decisions must be made; decisions that will affect the very nature of our lives as human beings. 


Humanity is miserable right now….and that’s alright

The human race as a whole is currently predominantly in a state of misery.

After all that we’ve been through in our relatively short history, we have come to some core conclusions about what we want in life. We want peace, we want joy, we want freedom, we want love, we want compassion, we want abundance, we want passion and we want harmony, among other things.

Yet the majority of us are not living the way we desire to live and this is where the misery comes in. The misery is created because we desire to be a certain way and yet are resistant to change so that we can be that way. We hold on to past ideas that no longer serve us as the people we wish to become.

This is humanity’s point of depression, where nothing seems to be working and a lot of introspection is taking place. Jobs are lost, houses are foreclosed, economies are failing, wealth gaps are growing, environments are destructing.

At this point in time, humanity’s locked itself in its room and is huddled under its covers, crying and raging, taking a deep look within itself to find the source of its misery. To coincide with this introspection, secrets are being revealed in many aspects of society so that more informed decisions can be made.

When this period of depression is over, much of humanity will be transformed. Through the releasing of humanity’s rage and sadness many systems and ways of life will be dropped as they are seen as outdated and non-serving to its new desires. Resistance will be released and humanity will move into a radically new identity of itself.

In the meantime, much turbulence is ahead, both individually and collectively. It is a time of introspection and release, which may seem destructive outwardly, but is actually highly creative and beneficial. Take the time to release your own personal misery. Move into your own preferred identity and allow the changes to occur throughout the rest of humanity. Above all else, do not fear the changes and do not resist them. They are representative of changes humanity desires to make within itself. Flow with them and create a new identity for yourself.