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Alan Steinfeld. New Realities has been the leading edge, new Consciousness cable program broadcast from New York for the last 15 years. The series is hosted and produced by Alan Steinfeld. Programs are seen every Monday night local cable 9pm New York time and simulcast on http://mnn.org There are also hundreds of his interviews available on youtube.com/newrealities for the curious about the unknown.
I firmly believe that -- 'A mind stretched to new realities never returns to its original dimension.' - Alan Steinfeld
Lena Adamopoulos: While many are speaking about expansion of consciousness and spiritualists present us a multileveled universe, you suggest “new realities”. Is Aldus Huxley one of your influences?
Alan Steinfeld: Aldus Huxley, was one of the founders of a new way to perceive the world. Actually it is an old way of perceiving based on the awareness that we are consciousness first, before we can identity with anything else. What he called “perennial philosophy” (the philosophy of eternal return to source). This is what the mystics of all times were tapped into. And they through the expansion of perception have opened new horizons of our world.
LA: When you speak for the expansion of our conscious, according to your terms, are you speaking of a collective consciousness or of an internal and individual one?
AS: This is a very good question, but lets not forget that were going through a change of season, in which we are beginning to realise that we are a fractal of the collective consciousness. The whole contains the part and the part contains the whole.
Meaning, each one of us is a piece of this collective consciousness and simultaneously included in the entirety. We can now know what's happening on the other side of our planet immediately, and this shows us that each one of us are cells of a bigger organism of humanity. However, the collective consciousness is also an undivided whole. Thus we need to invent a new language for our perceptions of reality. This is precisely what “new realities” is about. We cannot evaluate the actual reality with the old terms anymore. We need a new language, new sense, new feelings. And with this new language we have the articulation of something that is being added to our reality. So in order to answer your question it is both a collective and an individual consciousness. The next step is that we realise that while our consciousness is expanding we are all a piece of all. And with this awareness comes the next level which is our participation in a cosmic culture.
LA: In the passed decades we had a lot talk about personal growth and specifically in the West, now this tendency expands through out the world. And yoga, that has made the teachings available to all…is spirituality what a human can cultivate, which is beyond personal growth, the individual joy… or is also spirituality a field which a person will explore with the motive for happiness?
AS: I believe that you cannot get around your personal growth. There exists a basic reality, lets say, which constitutes the individual. The daily routine of cleanness of the body, and all that is where it all begins, in each cell, it’s a natural mechanism of the system, and is a part of the whole process. Yoga is a great way to cleanse the body, and it can offer internal experiences however we needed to realise that the development is beyond the individual level that we are connected with everything around us. We have to work with this. I have heard someone describe it as the care of a precious gem that in order to shine we should burnish daily. Yoga also proposes this, you make your disciplines each day, and you cannot consider that you are doing actual work if you don’t do it daily and you do it once in a while, because it this is the process towards your own development in a path where you are becoming more realised. The mystics named this the Great Work in alchemical terms, and they spoke of the vehicle, you cannot bypass your personal work. We all have our “stuff” and we should work with that. This is the only way in order to be well and peaceful and serve our self as much as the others. Have you seen the film Groundhogs Day ? This film shows a person who eventually learns in the daily repetition of his mundane reality to maximizes his capabilities in each minute to achieve his maximum potential. It is only then that we wake up from the nightmare of an old reality of our mundane dramas. The story is described precisely the way through individual development a person has found a way to serve himself and the whole. That is an effective way to become wise and enlightened which is something all of us want whether we realise it or not.
Sure we re evolving, some are going slow while others are going fast. We are definitely going towards the same direction perhaps it is inevitable. What do you think?
AS: If we think about what this moment is happening on the planet, we all observe an acceleration of evolution. An example is the internet which gives us access anywhere in the world any moment. Marshall McLuhan has said: “Technology is an extension of our senses.” I believe that the internet is an extension of our nervous system and this accelerates development because when the imagination and technology function together incredible things can happen…for an example at this moment everyone has access to other “spiritual realities” via their computer…
LA: Do you think there are dangerous aspects to spirituality?
AS: Is there danger to being more aware? What do you precisely mean by the term “dangerous”?
LA: I mean that in the past people feared other spiritual realities, the disciplines of yoga prepare you because when kundalini is awakened it can arouse you to vibrations you aren’t ready for, and I believe that the disciplines are in order to accelerate the development. Do you believe there is always a natural process in our development?
AS: My theory is that there has existed a problem, a misconception or degrading of what we mean by saying “personal development”. I believe that what arises is naturally in the frame of our personal development, and is inevitable things that should be worked in us, and we cant get around that anyway. Evolution for me implies that something much bigger is approaching humanity.
I do not know precisely what this could be but I believe that something much greater and admirable is ready to be revealed and that the dogmas’ of “isms” have kept people limited. Yoga is an example because it is not a religion however by certain rituals it was made into a religion. So we cannot continue following anything dogmatically. We should continue expanding consciousness, and know that the philosophies of limitations from the past aren’t valid for the modern world. The human today is a much more evolved being, from that of the past, who created those ways of thinking. This is not to say that there is not truth and wisdom in old philosophies, it is just the organization and beliefs around them have to change.
LA: Are faculties psi what the human develops slowly through the teachings of the past and do you think the teachings helped in this? Is it possible for us to revive in us the faculties of our ancestors, come in contact with the muses with the demigods, with energy entities in nature or even with extraterrestrial energies?
AS: Yes sure, I believe that part of what we are expecting is all that you mentioned, and behind the idea of “new realities” is this new prospect that we all already have the faculty to have experiences from extra - dimensional fields, and all these entities as the ancient gods have accessibility and have escaped from mythical sphere and are already found in a field open to the experience of all. And with regard to extraterrestrials, I believe they are here, that they have technology and that they are here in order to help in our development, even if the development will be a slow process, because humanity is not entirely ready and it will take some time in order for all this to open to all of us. I do not believe that they are negative beings though there are many theories. Nevertheless I believe there will be a slow awakening and that perhaps only a few are ready for this, and those of us who are really ready, lets go for it lets open our minds to new horizons and to a universal culture!
LA: Will 2012 be an actual date of real transformation, a time gate to an absolutely “new reality”?
AS: I have heard a lot of opinions about 2012. I agree with Terence McKenna who says that its time to look at the nature of time. I like what he suggests by his phrase “Something is at the end of time and is casting its shadow backwards over human history, drawing all human becoming toward it.” I believe that in 2012 is a date that will define something like the world conscience- a global consciousness.
Even if we cannot predict what will happen in the future because “the future is always an unknown”; we can however say that in 2012 a planetary awakening will happen. I say this because this chronology was a prediction of the Mayas and other ancient cultures. Speaking with a Mayan translator recently in th Yucatan, he said 2012 is the end of the era of space and the beginning of the era of air. What this could mean I believe, has to do with a wider significance of transformation of history as we know it up to today. Lets take as an example this country, the U.S. where Obama is a conjunction so many ideals, we do not know if he will do something with all that or not, but he represents a symbol of a new history and a new type of leader for the American people. He is not an ego driven guy, and we can characterize him with what initially the ancient philosophers meant with the term “public servant”. That is to say he is a leader who will stay out of the way and serve the people, like Solon a relative of Plato had expressed about the eminent leader, he simply fulfils the laws while simultaneously lets the state control itself. 2012 may be about all that, if we put a borderline in the history and its developments. I believe that its about individual and collective awakening, new prospects of collaboration between people, I do not believe that it is about inversion of poles or such things, as many have forecasted. I believe that we are passing an economic crisis, and some hard times and I believe there exists always a positive outcome to evolution. Potentially it has to do with new discoveries that offer new fields for our observation of new realites.
LA: What the scientists discovering about the sun and black matter, and we now observe how matter develops, is it a tendency of new things that we observe in the universe now but ancient cultures did have this knowledge? In other words do you believe that an era of ignorance is ending where we rediscover things of antiquity?
AS: I believe that we are coming out of an era of the myth of evolution and are entering in a spiritual world of wisdom discovering that each one us is an eternal, divine existence. And this will be commonly acceptable in this new era.
Does perhaps all this extra DNA that we discovered with the fracture of the code of DNA, reveal in us new fields to conquest? Or is spirituality opposite with such type aspects of knowledge, that is to say the territorial tendency of technology?
AS: Yes I do consider that true spirituality means that we are not simply matter, we are much more than our body and I think more people are becoming aware of that. And yoga is also now widespread and this was not how it was in the past, 20 - 30 years ago… The extraterrestrial are here a long time now but have selected to remain in the backstage, however I believe from my own experiences, that they are here in order to help in our evolution and already have influenced human consciousness. They wait for us to mature in order to we take part inside a bigger culture. It is a joke to believe that we are the only type of existence that exists in the Universe as we believed that Earth was flat at some time in the past of human history, however this has been void and we now know the truth. We cant be the only species with intelligence in the Universe. On the contrary we are by now speaking of many kinds of beings that exist with cultures superior to us and their technology is also much superior to the one that we know, or that we could possibly imagine. And to overcome the myth that we have created the only culture in the Universe, I believe will bring much bigger collectiveness and evolving in the culture of our planet and also, I believe that it will be an introduction to a much superior technology, and this will change how we live. New changes are coming and 2012 represents exactly that.
Are you writing a book based on your ideas?
AS: I am writing a book on art as a manifestion of teh unknown tand its ability to create new realities. I consider that the ideas that mould new realities come through the artistic inspiration initially, because the artist always searches for new forms of perception. And this is the role of the artist, the artist is the modern shaman. New forms and shapings, (formation), that bring new knowledge- “In-formation” is the articulation of new pattens that give rise to new emotions and feelings. I give lectures on conceiving new ways to perceive the world. The faculty of imagination makes the humanity separate from each other type of life on the planet.
William Blake had said: “The imagination of man, in humanity, is our humanity.” We cannot ignore this because this is what makes us differ from animals. Nature is beautiful, but nature does not have the conscioous imagination to create art. Art is exclusively a human ability. We all have this incredible faculty of imagination with which we can enter into unknown fields and bring back from there what we do not know in order to replace what we know, and the artist should continuously replace the familiar with the unfamiliar. This is his role, creating new realities.
Which in your opinion, is the fastest way for personal growth. It is through the writings of the wise or through our own experimentation and personal discovery?
AS: Sure I would say the personal experimentation, because the books can give us knowledge, we however, want wisdom, to become wiser, because this transforms our life and its quality. Books can offer you knowledge however the experiences are what will bring wisdom and then you can confirm what you experienced in the book, but somebody through meditation and experimentation will discover truth. You should discover your own fears and repressions in order for you to advance and you need to face your obstacles, the a books cannot do this for you.
Yes, and after you have adapted, you will continue…
AS: It is an endless process, and most people see it as work, they complain all the time, they do not want to be in this process, however if you think about it, it is substantially the “Great Work” of each one of us and we could see it as a challenge…
Perhaps. if we had a way to be cured since young age, and exceeded the fear of death and the restriction of time…
AS: But we do have the way to be cured, simply if we were taught, and I believe that part of quantum physics is what is here to tell us and convince us that we are the observers of our own life. If we stop being involved in our own personal drama and observe oneself, and see it all as a fragment of the human experience - I know that it is really easy to say, but with practice we can think differently - if we can go out of oneself and observe our personal drama then we can say… “its all right, this an awful experience, however what can I learn from this? ”, then maybe we can find peacefulness in each situation. Letting in the experience, observing the effect in our body, accepting absolutely what happens, simultaneously with the absolute acceptance we also avoid becoming victimized. It is a subtle balance. I believe that most people feel that they are victims and strike back and they perpetuate and continue a war daily, with anger and fear. Is not easy, however this is our work and this is what will contribute to the planetary transformation.
What is that we can do in order to coordinate ourselves with the planetary evolution?
AS: The faculty of imagination is that people beginning to entrust, will open new realities for them and will transform their life, beginning with different small things that each one of us can incorporate in his everyday routine, for example eating something different each day, going to work taking a different route when we can, such small things will open new passages and will invite new things to happen. And this is difficult because humans are such creatures of habit. And here comes the need for the spiritual discipline that will give the motive to make things different, and to begin to think differently. Books are also a world in each one and we learn from, as so is each person. people too. However once again it will be important if we bring the experiences in the material world because nothing would have importance if it remained in the sphere of the imagination. We should be grateful for this existence.
Who it is your opinion on the tantric teachings? I believe you give lectures on Tantra.
AS: I believe that the tantrik teaching is very deep. And many great teachers describe our material world as the body of the divine mother. That is to say that the life that we experience is substantially inside the body of the divine mother, and our experience here is in the actual body of the great Mother. We cannot forget the material body. We must find a subtle balance between the two aspects of existence. I do not believe there is fear in the spiritual world as it does not exist in the material, because all are part of human experience and all are for us. The teachers and the teachings should encourage evolution, also in the one, but also in the whole aspect of life, because it is not about religion but the human experience. Chinese medicine talks about the elements in terms of cosmic questions: “Water is the seed that asks; who you are? Wood is the sprout that asks -what are you here to do? Fire- the flower:- where you re going? Earth, the fruit- how you re going to get there? Metal-the harvest-who you will bring with you?
When we begin with the question “who am I” we start with the self; you must know who you a re first. That is the seed of consciousness that allows us to look outside of ourselves to gain a greater perceptions to integrate greater realities. Isn’t that the question that launched Greek philosophy and essentially all of Western thought. It is what the oracle at Delphi said: “Know thyself!” A greater expansion of the Delphic directive is translated as “Know thyself and you will know the gods and the Kosmos.”
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