Unplug. That’s what they tell us. Meditate, breathe, be mindful, and practice yoga. Turn off your computer, take a break from texting, and retreat from busyness into silence. Such is the call towards finding balanced wellbeing in our modern world. Why is this an antiquated and irrelevant strategy?
“Getting away from it all” worked for centuries, back when the earth was sparsely populated, when civilization and technology were unimagined dreams, when life was simple. A mystic could meditate for hours in his cave, bathing in the electromagnetic waves of the earth - known today as the Schumann Resonances – being sustained in balance within a cavity that reaches from the surface of the earth up 55 kilometers to the inner edge of the ionosphere.
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Fast forward to the 21st century and it’s a different landscape in every way: seven billion people, endless expanses of concrete and steel, and electromagnetic pollution permeating the atmosphere, with nary a cave in sight.
Those who advise us to unplug are uninformed as to why traditional meditative techniques worked. Mystics of old didn’t find 20 minutes before a board meeting. They didn’t get mindful during the drive to pick up their kids from preschool. They weren’t breathing consciously on the subway or while stuck in traffic. They had time and space and their lives weren’t fragmented between a thousand diverse activities. Plus, they were able to experience states of expanded awareness because they lived in an unpolluted environment.
Today, extended meditation is a luxury most people can’t afford. They have to stay plugged in, simply to keep pace with the flurry of information necessary for modern survival. And all of us are now swimming in a sea of electromagnetic waves known as “EMF smog,” which isn’t partial to cities. Living on a farm may be quieter, but the entire planet is now blanketed in technological pollution, which has created epidemic levels of personal and cultural imbalance.
Periodically unplugging is no longer practical and it doesn’t really work to any significant degree. In other words, meditating ain’t what it used to be! Yes, you can close your eyes, you can breathe consciously, you can discipline your mind to focus and – if your schedule allows it – you can do yoga. All of these are wonderful practices, but they are not enough. They require many hours a day to produce measurable results. No wonder people give up. They fill as much of their time as they can manage with these healthy practices but they fail to get the results they want so they quit.
But civilization and technology need not remain villains from which to escape by unplugging. Consciousness is evolving and consciousness includes technology. What if biology and technology stopped fighting each other, became friends, and merged for mutual, evolutionary benefit?
One modern advocate of technology combining with biology for the betterment of humankind is Ray Kurzweil, now a Director of Engineering at Google. He has authored The Singularity Is Near, Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever, The Age of Spiritual Machines, The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life, and more. Kurzweil has a 30-year record of accurate predictions, including naming the year that a computer would beat a human at chess (1980). He now predicts that we will have self-driving cars by 2017, fully immersive virtual realities by 2023, and that by 2045 we could attain immortality… all because of technological breakthroughs.
In other words, get ready for The Human 2.0. Of course, such an idea is frightening for most people. It’s a threat, conjuring up images from the Terminator movies and cyborg misadventure stories like I Robot. In fact, it’s difficult to find any positive future scenarios where technology hasn’t enslaved or even destroyed humanity.
It’s inescapably true that we can use nuclear bombs to blow ourselves to smithereens many times over. But, as Ray Kurzweil and other innovators demonstrate, we can also create affirmative technologies that advance our human condition here in the digital age. Human 1.0 represents an antiquated operating system. Unplug all you want… it’s going the way of the dinosaurs. What to do instead? How about we quit trying to escape reality and embrace the marriage of biology and technology?
And here’s the good news: You’ve already been doing this. If you clicked on the audio enhancement, as suggested at the beginning of this blog, you’ve been experiencing the latest version of the brain-balancing program I’ve pioneered over the past 30 years. This technology works in the background. You don’t need to stop what you are doing and focus. You can; it works well as an assist for meditation. But you can also continue doing whatever you are doing (like reading, driving, dining, computing), leaving the program barely audible in the background. And you can play it on all your devices.
In future blogs I’ll be detailing exactly how this technology works. For now, enjoy meditating (without meditating) in your digital cave!