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Putting out the call, from the bottom of my heart and the depths of my spiritual being. <3 Star Teachers unite!
It's time for the impossible. 

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What does freedom look like to you? Where do we go from here? How can we change the world? 

I think the answer may be so simple that we cannot see it.

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Today is an exciting day! Today, on this super new moon, the 2nd new moon of January 2014, we launch our website!!!  http://www.innerselfsustained.com/ Please visit and share!

Check out Purity & Peace - our 1st Crystal Enriched Spray http://www.innerselfsustained.com/crystal-sprays/; check out Music By Donation - paying for music with kindness http://www.innerselfsustained.com/music-by-donation/; and check out today's blog post 'Citizens of Earth' - a call to revolution http://www.innerselfsustained.com/ben-carroll/citizens-of-earth!

As time goes on we will expand on these ideas and incorporate many new ideas...we will continue to explore ourselves and bring many others on board with us. Together we can do anything. Thank you for taking part in our special day. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 

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Imagine inside yourself that there is a lever. This lever represents your path to abundance. All of your dreams, wants and needs are attached to this lever. For years you've been pushing at this lever, pushing it down with all of your might, trying to get the things in the world that you desperately need to survive, need to thrive. It is ceaseless work because every time that you lose focus, for even a second, the lever starts to slip back. Without constant attention this lever rises against the struggle that is needed to overcome it.

Now think of this. What if... What if all of the time that you have been wishing and dreaming, wanting and screaming, all of this time that you have been struggling to hold this lever down, just to try and get by, just to struggle through this world, just to keep your head above water...what if you have been holding this lever in the off position? What if all you ever needed to do was just let go?

Let go. Trust. Let go of the lever and see that as soon as you let go the lever starts to rise. It slides gracefully up with a natural ease without your constant struggle to hold it down. Don't give into the fears and worries that come with letting go, don't worry that you are dashing all of the years of your hard work, all of the struggle you've gone through to get where you are today, a lifetime of pushing. Don't worry. Trust and let go. 

Feel how it feels inside to let go of your constant, relentless push against this lever. How does it feel to let go of your constant struggles to get what is rightfully yours out of this world? How does it feel to let go of that push that you've been pushing and pushing with all of your might, to just try and force yourself into what is rightfully yours? How does it feel to let go of the worries and the fears of just letting go? 

Relief. Sweet relief. Feel the liberation. Loosen your grip and feel that rising lever, set it free to rise without your struggle. Take a step back and see the tight space you've been in give way to the view of the tight corner that you've got your self crammed into. Take another step back and feel the relief of liberation. Breathe. All this time you've been in this dark corner facing your lever, struggling to hold on to what you have and struggling even harder to push it down even further to get the things that you want so badly, the things that you need to survive and thrive in this world, without ever the chance to step back and see where it is you are and what you are actually focused upon. Breathe. Now that you have let go, you no longer have to spend every waking moment standing in that tight corner pushing that lever. It's now rising against all of your past efforts, but trust...trust that the rising is ok. Trust that letting go is ok. Breathe. You don't need to be in this dark corner anymore, hiding yourself away, holding the lever, you've let go. No worry. No fear. Relief. Breathe and let go. 

Now turn around.

Realize the truth. When you turn around you see the brightest light, the vastest scenery, the most beautiful world you can imagine. Without the constant struggle of always having to push against the lever, you are now able to truly see what is around you...see the beauty of it all, everything...and it's connection to you. You are deeply, deeply connected to all there is. Realize. You don't need to struggle to bring in from outside of you what you already have within. Now see all the people that are right there with you, they are level to you, connected with you, a part of everything that you are part of. When you let go, no one is above you or below you, everyone is just with you...equally. Realize...that everything is coming from within us all, there is no reason to put someone above or below you, they are only ever with you. There is no hierarchy here, facing the light. Realize you are connected to this light in the same way that everyone else is connected to this light, equally, fully, with nothing to block you, nothing to hold you back (except yourself,) no corner to force yourself into, nothing to separate your dreams from your reality, nothing to threaten your survival. Realize you are free to thrive.

Now that you've let go, turned around and found the light of your connection, you realize that trying to push the lever, trying to force yourself to get what you need from the outside only blocks the flow of your abundance. When you realize that all that you need can arise from within you, you are free. Realize that the secret to abundance really is in letting go. Let go and trust yourself. Trust in the universe that you are so deeply connected to. Trust that you have the power to call to you whatever you need from the light of your connection. Remember that pushing the lever to squeeze and force yourself into where you want to be only cuts yourself off from yourself...and forces you out of the flow of your natural state of absolute connection and abundance. Let go and be free.

Now look around some more. See all of our equals, all of our brothers and sisters, lost in the illusion of lack and fear, while standing in a dark corner pushing down their lever, struggling to squeeze what they need to survive out of the world around them instead of looking within. We must call to them. Turn around! Connect with us! Let go. Learn how to trust in yourself. Turn around and see yourself for who you truly are...see yourself...and see me...and see everyone. We are here, we are equal and we can create the exact world we want to create, a world of beautiful peace and abundance...if we can trust ourselves and believe in ourselves enough to let go...together. 

Be free. Together.
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May this new year bring you a happy and fulfilling lifestyle. May you dare to take the paths you dream of adventuring down, or may you continue adventuring in health and abundance if you've already dared to wander away from the well trodden, pre-marked roads of the unenthusiastic. May you live each day with no other goal than to fill your soul with love and light, and no other motivation than that of happiness for you and yours. May your world be one of healing, caring, loving, sharing, kindness, compassion and grace. 2014...yes! Here comes the light. 
http://youtu.be/m2hqRrOB2Wc

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We were supposed to be more than we are. I wrote this song about five years ago, it was one of those songs that just kind of happened. With this song, it wasn't like I sat down and labored to write a song, it was more like a longing for something more in this world spilled out of me as a song. As a songwriter you always treasure those magical moments when songs "just happen."

We were supposed to be more than we are...for years that was probably the most optimistic sentence I could come up with about my ambivalent relationship toward surviving in this world...a longing for change. But this song was more than just a longing, it was a deep seated plea for us all to just let go, breathe, and see that we are free if we choose to be. "Embrace a world that's free of fear." 

I've always felt that humanity was supposed to be more than capitalism and governments...more than greed and war. I felt that, through fear, we've blinded ourselves from our true nature, and all the greed, all the wars, are mistakes of confused and lost souls that can see only the small differences between themselves and others..and we have somehow become blind to our vast, glaring similarities.

I still think that we are supposed to be more than we are...but now I see that we are becoming more than we were. Everything is changing. It's an amazing and beautiful time to be alive on this planet. I have met many absolutely amazing and beautiful people over the past year of my life...and I look forward to meeting many, many, many more amazing and beautiful people in the coming year. 

This is the oldest of the songs I've recorded for "Illuminated  Heart," but it also feels like the perfect introduction to the album. So here it is. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. All of my love to you. May your heart always be illuminated...and don't forget to breathe. -Ben

"We Were Supposed to Be More Than We Are"

Everyday 
Looks bright again today 
Our dreams are for real 

The one thing I've learned 
From the bridges I've burned 
Is to let your love roam free of fear 

Breathe in the air 
We're Free to care 
Just Breathe in the air 
Oh Don't you be scared 

When you finally see 
How to set yourself free 
Embrace a world that's free of fear 

Together we'll be 
A vision to see 
Lets live our lives free from fear 

Breathe in the air 
We're Free to care 
Just Breathe in the air 
Oh Don't you be scared 

We were supposed to be more than we are 
We were supposed to be more than we are 

Breathe in the air 
We're Free to care 
Just Breathe in the air 
Oh Don't you be scared 

We were supposed to be more than we are 
We were supposed to be more than we are 
More than we are

http://bencarrollmusic.com/illuminated-heart/

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There are plenty of disgusting, gut wrenching practices going on in the world right now. Focusing on them and pouring all of our energy into them does not help to fight them, it only serves to make them stronger. We need to focus our energy on transcending this vibrational level where we try and serve our own greed and power by destroying for profit. It is not each specific disgusting practice that we need to fight...actually there is no fighting at all in what we have to do.. What we need to do is we need to raise our overall state of consciousness.

Right now we are a very primitive society on this planet...a very primitive civilization that has no grasp of how to work in harmony to create situations that serve to benefit all of us. This state of greed and power that is overwhelmingly accepted as “the way it is” by the masses only serves to keep us in the dark. It's a self-perpetuating cycle of fear. Only when we learn to overcome this state of fear as a worldwide civilization and move into a state of harmony and sustainability will we transcend this cycle of destruction. 

Our potential is so much greater than what we currently believe we are. Our potential as a worldwide civilization that lives in harmony is one where we can overcome space and time, overcome all of the dilemmas of humanity; poverty, hunger, homelessness, planetary destruction...by realizing that together we can take the next step. There is no separation. There is no power over another, there is only the power we have together. As a people WE put the power into these situations. If EVERYBODY rejected any situation, it would instantly crumble. WE are the true power of this civilization. 

Unfortunately where we are now, we spend all of our personal power working against each other, living in separation, trying to control each other, trying to have more than each other, trying to intimidate each other. It is really pathetic. In our current state of hierarchy the highest state for you to achieve is a state of wealth and power over others. Once you've accumulated tons of money, cars, houses, lands, what is left for us to do with that..? Exploit it to make more money and buy more things by using the power you have to exploit those with less than you, so you can get more money and things..to have more power..by exploiting more people...it is a disgusting cycle. 

The only evolution from within this cycle is your death. This system is a dead end. Once we realize the lowness of this cycle of exploitation of others to gain profit for the self and we start to work together...truly together...then we will slingshot forward with amazing ease into a much higher evolved state with technologies that are infinitely more powerful than what we have now...technologies that sustain and grow perpetually instead of destroy and exploit unsustainability for profit. 

All that stands between the end of the old system and the start of a new age is US. WE can make this change anytime that we want, but we have to do this together as a species. Stop worrying about the separations between your self and your neighbor...who has the bigger house or the nicer car will become irrelevant once we can no longer breathe the air or grow food because we've destroyed this planet in the personal pursuit of owning more things than others and having more power than others. There is no power to be had over others when the group of them is large enough and they reject that power. Our true power lies in the power we have together, working in harmony. Can you even imagine what a world where everybody works together in harmony would be like??? Try. That is the first step.
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This is a video to a group I follow known as HeartMath. They are currently working with the emerging understanding of conscious intended energy, and how it effects the magnetic feilds that we emit as well as the earth. 

For those of a science mind, there is much research to support these studies, it's not just mumbo jumbo, it shows with facts, figures, studies and experiments just how powerful our emotions are, our state of mind and our ability to affect others just by being near them.

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One of the largest problems people have is identifying the ego, and not choosing what it would choose.

In short, it's hard for people to understand and find their spiritual self. 
People often don't understand, that their spiritual self and their physical self want very different things for them. Have very different  goals.

What I want to share with you all is a very powerful and profound shift in reality. Dealing with it. Seeing it, and understanding how it works.

The link below is a video series about a therapist Dr. Hew Len from Hawaii.
He is known for using a Hawaiian system of thought called Ho'oponopono, to take a failing mental health hospital, and turning it completely around. Helping people who seemed to have no hope and no cure, to find sanity and peace and a new life. 

I have there are 9, ten minute long youtube clips in this video series, that I have gone ahead and put together as one playlist so people can watch it with out stop.

If you pay close attention to this, it will change your life for the positive.

Dr Hew Len 1 of 9, ho'oponopono
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