The Wesak Effect: Changing Human Consciousness

Mount Shasta & lenticular cloud: spiritual center for US Wesak festival; photo courtesy Living Shasta

Mind is the Matrix of all Matter
Max Planck

Wesak is the most important date in the Buddhist calendar — regardless of where it is held in Indian, Chinese, Zen, Tibetan, Indonesian, Nepalese, Mahayana or Western practices.

HH Dalai Lama participates in the Newark Peace Education Summit in New Jersey during Wesak week 2011

Celebrated by one-third of the world’s population during the week of the full moon in May, it marks the birth of the Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama, c. 563BC) and, for some Buddhists, his enlightenment (Nirvana) and his death. In Burma and Thailand, for instance, it is celebrated with special lanterns made of paper and wood; candles are burned continuously and houses are cleaned, decorated and made new with much joyful music and the sound of bells. In Laos it is known as the Feast of the Lanterns. In India, it is Vesak Day, or Buddha Purnima.

Caged birds released on Wesak: spiritual symbolism and vegetarian practice

There is a long tradition of releasing caged birds on Wesak, signifying the freeing of the soul from the body cage on reaching enlightenment — Nirvana. Many (strict) Buddhists are vegetarians, but those who are not, often pay butchers to release animals otherwise scheduled for human consumption. On this auspicious day, others forgo eating meat. Water ceremonies include bathing the Buddha’s shoulders to remind devotees to purify the mind from greed, hatred and ignorance.

Wesak is a festival we might all benefit from sharing — or at least understanding its roots. In contrast with many world religions, Buddhism is unique for its focus on personal spiritual development and striving for deep insight into the true nature of life, through the practice of morality, meditation and awareness of one’s own accessible inner wisdom.

Buddhists believe nothing is permanent: that change is always possible.

22,000ft axis mundi Mt.Kailash, Tibet, simultaneously the world's most venerated holy place (to 4 world religions) and the least visited, acts as the Earth's Crown Chakra

May we dedicate all positive words to the enlightenment of all sentient beings in six realms of cyclic existence
Buddhist prayer

Buddha literally means ‘one who is awake’ and has become enlightened. It is a term that denotes a person who has attained the supreme wisdom and compassion that Enlightenment brings.

The Wesak festival is unique in world religions in that it is a present-time cosmological event and not just one that commemorates a past spiritual happening–as do most holy days.

In Buddhist tradition, Wesak is a five-day festival: two days of preparation, both mental and physical; the day of the Wesak full moon itself, (this year, Tuesday 17th May) and two days after for meditation, direction of energy for good, for self-healing, and for planetary vision.

Ideally, one should approach Wesak week with discipline, clearing the mind beforehand, eliminating from our consciousness all negativity — including the influence of negative people — so that our mind and spirit are opened and ready to receive the forces of Light (love).

If someone negative tries to complicate your life, turn and walk away from them” Caroline Myss

In the western version of the tradition, the day of the Wesak full moon is known as the Day of Safeguarding.

On the full moon of May, with the rising of the morning star, Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha, the enlightened one

While Siddhartha’s enlightenment happened over 2500 years ago, it is interesting to note that this year (2011) the ‘morning star’, Venus, is not only recapturing brilliance celebrated in that age-old Buddhist proclamation, but also — on May 11th — approached within one-half-degree of fellow morning planet Jupiter, alongside Mercury and Mars in the pre-dawn eastern sky. This Jupiter-Venus-conjunction is the same configuration as that heralded in 6BC as the brilliant ‘Star in the East’ which signaled the birth of Christ.

So Venus and Jupiter, among others, are presently contributing as planetary pointers to this year’s Wesak week. Other celestial phenomena are in store for the rest of 2011 and 2012.

“On the Day of Safeguarding (May 17th) itself, we the human race should try to receive, contain and hold as much of that great spiritual light, (energy, love) as we possibly can within our bodies as a kind of intelligent network of conscious ‘Mind’ for the planet — as her brain, so to speak.” Wesak Souled-Out Spiritual Hierarchy.

In the West, this year’s festival has primary focus on raising planetary awareness: a rising tide of human Unity Consciousness, which has been a consistent feature of this blog and is becoming the focus of much attention in the runup to 2012. The western hub of Wesak ceremonies, festivities and deep religious rededication is Mount Shasta, Siskyou County, California.

Earth's energy grid, portals and Chakras on the electromagnetic network

In the language of Earth-Gaia Medicine, the Earth, as a sentient being, has energy chakras, one on each continent, just as the human body has energy centers. Shasta is believed to hold the energetic focus for Mother Earth’s root or base chakra.

Her other chakra points are:
Island of the Sun, Lake Titicaca: Sacral second Chakra
Uluru, Ayer’s Rock, Australia: Solar plexus third Chakra
Glastonbury, Somerset: Heart fourth Chakra
Great Pyramid, Giza: Throat fifth Chakra
No fixed location for sixth, Third Eye Chakra
Mt. Kailash, Tibet: Crown 7th Chakra and axis mundi, peak of the world axis.

’Sixties Revolution
California is known for its leading-edge ethos begun in the 1960s and ’70s of multi-discipline spiritual thought, an EarthFirst lifestyle and as home to many New Age groups. Hermann Hesse’s ‘Siddhartha‘ was virtually ‘required reading’ during the spiritual revolution of the ’sixties in a State which became a honeypot for spiritual entrepreneurs, gurus and devout followers of a New Age way of life. While that ‘off-the-grid’ lifestyle continues a presence in the State, it has become — like other spiritual practices — subsumed by the great unwieldy machine of human progress, population growth, and the media/internet/communications revolution.

Among a plethora of New Age spiritual frontrunners from that era, however, one guru stands tall above the rest — Ram Dass. As (former) Dr Richard Alpert, b.1931, he was the renowned Harvard professor whose experimental psych lab –alongside Prof. Timothy Leary and his (then) graduate student Dr. Ralph Metzner, founder of the Green Earth Foundation— used mind-altering techniques in the study of the transformation of human consciousness. They co-authored the volume ‘The Psychedelic Experience‘: a Manual based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead and dedicated to Aldous Huxley. In his subsequent conversion and becoming a messenger for ‘American Buddhism’, Ram Dass was seen not only as a genuine seeker, practitioner and proponent of the simple spiritual lifestyle, but his consistency and practice of personal liberation have affected many lives.

My life is my message” Baba Ram Dass, 1992

Author of the seminal spiritual bible of the time, ‘Be Here Now‘, 1971, he practised the art of self-discipline in maintaining one’s own unique balance and wisdom, in allowing self-liberation, and the ‘voice of the Divine’ to come through into daily life.

Ram Dass suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in 1997 which paralyzed his right side. It has taken him over a decade to recover all function, but he is back on the lecture-appearance circuit, his message stronger than ever. Before the stroke, he finally met and was interviewed by contemporary and fellow research/occult scientist, Terence McKenna (video conversation above). While they had taken divergent life paths — McKenna researching the biological immediacy of shamanic experience and altered states of consciousness; Ram Dass eschewing mind experimentation for spiritual ritual and meditative practice — they discovered shared truth and remarkable similarities in their need to question accepted authority and discover ‘one’s own reality’: McKenna’s ‘felt presence of direct experience’. The video series is unprecedented in its honesty and their familiarity with each other, because while they shared a youthful background of the counter-culture, this was their first encounter as seniors in the consciousness field. In that sense, the video interviews (on YouTube) are unique, unrepeated. McKenna died in 2000 of brain cancer.

Terence McKenna, author of 'Food of the Gods,' before he died in 2000

McKenna believed human evolution and particularly language development were triggered by apes eating hallucinogenic plants after their descent from the trees; that either Man must return to Nature before she explodes, or tout de suite launch some rocket ships to the stars. Ram Dass approaches humanity as a concept seen from the transcendental realm of Godhead, as viewed through the Third Dimension. Both men of ideas have lived long enough to be able to dissolve ego in an unprecedented open exchange. But while the duo (in their video conversation) approach the subject from apparently opposite sides, they both bring light to their shared belief in autonomous, intuitive ‘knowing’, as opposed to acceptance of concepts fostered by fear-mongered dogma of state and government attitudes.

They both believe in ‘Mind’, as the engineer of reality, consciousness.

“The Net,” says McKenna, “is an ‘oracle’ fostering an unprecedented dialogue between human beings and the sum total of human knowledge.” He believes that out of computer graphics will emerge a new form of human communication. “We are heading for a world made out of Mind.”

“Go beyond the ‘isms’ and tell me what you really think we’ll find,” says Ram Dass. While he believes in intuitive links, he concedes the need for virtual/real communication.

Dass believes in the transcendental awareness brought about by communion with one’s higher self, the Divine. It hinges on the presently-growing impetus of global consciousness. McKenna had first-hand knowledge of South American Indians who experienced the Collective Unconscious as an immediate, shamanic, reality; not just as an intellectual construct.

As our society weaves itself ever-more deeply into this colossal thinking machine, McKenna believes it may somehow be able to replicate those shaman Indians’ collective knowing. He answers:

“We’re finding a world made out of Mind instead of ‘stuff’. Mind itself is being pulled taut. We are being given that transcendental object at the End of Time”.

“So what is this transcendental object at the End of Time?” asks Dass.

“A material made from hologramatic disk: part bio, part machine, part think tank, part Mind.”

Over one million Buddhists are meditating right now, pooling consciousness. Critical mass requires only one half of one percent of the population to be ‘vibrating’ at a higher frequency for cohesion/enlightenment/ascension to occur.

This Wesak festival might be the very one which decides the fate of the Earth: the one which changes global consciousness and takes it one step farther up the ladder to the stars.
©2011 Marian Youngblood

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8 Comments on “The Wesak Effect: Changing Human Consciousness”

  1. Fitzy Says:

    Blessings, Sister and thanks for another wonderful post. Your generosity of spirit is always appreciated, and often timely – though I think serendipity is now so regular it should be called regulardipity.
    Terrance McKenna has been riding shotgun with events down here for a month or too now, looks like his legacy will be with us through the metamorphosis we’re all going through.
    Particularly interesting are his experiences of perturbing his own brain chemistry, creating new opportunities for the languaging mechanisms of his brain.
    And it’s fair to say, that’s not for everyone. It does bring opportunity, however, to observe one’s own mind in a state of flux – leading to a new state of equilibrium. And it is so timely you mention his work, as the micro meets the macro: the Global Human mind is in a state of flux – as far as I can see, between the states of compassionate sharing and malignant, wanton, selfish greed.
    However the language we used to create this dystopia is a poor tool to unmake the carnage. I’m drawn more and more often to discussions that investigate ‘Instant Knowing’, the capacity to fully grasp both the meaning and context of a situation – minus the usual verbal mental intrusion, of our own ego/mindspeak.
    The silent, but full comprehension, of events, internal and external – a heightened form of languageless intuition, and the ability to instantly share this with others of an alike soul – clean and clear.
    I feel we’re getting there, bit by bit, to the point where we transcend the imposed mental confusion, and start speaking power, or power speaking.

    Blessings and thanks again, Sister!

    • siderealview Says:

      thank you once again, Fitzy, for ‘being there’ and for ‘getting it’. I intuit, as you do, we must be making some advances because of the way it feels, but I take your point about unmaking the carnage – and LOVE the idea of power speaking!

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  3. Great posting, Marian. There is certainly an accelerating change in consciousness. As you noted, the powerful full moon of Buddha Purnima occurred as the Sun made its Taurus transit May 16th.

    Global consciousness can be accelerated when one is in tune with or harmonized with the synchronicity of Universe. This mean abandoning logical mind and using the powerful, intuitive super subconscious. Some call this the heart, which is holistic, unconditional and supreme.

    When you make effort and try very hard, you are chasing the manifestation. It has to be effortless on two levels: thinking and action. Look at one who has become extremely successful. Most of the time these people were able to do so it in an effortless, miraculous way. This is karma.

    If you come to this Earth plane to make money and are destined to be a billionaire, then you will become a billionaire. If you are destined to become a president then you will become one–regardless of poverty or where you came from. For example, Obama made it even with a lack of resources. He did so because of Karma.

    You can bust karma and make your thoughts effortless. At this time or tipping point your manifestations become instantaneous. (As you said, critical mass).

    1. Erase yourself from the tribal mentality or the known. Affirm that radical, creative, genius that you are!
    2. We need the ability to know the future. We need to change the way we look at things.
    ‘When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.’ Wayne Dyer

    This is proven at the sub-atomic level. Make whatever it is you want to manifest as clear as possible. This is how you create things. Creation arises out of chaos or non-form. Clarity is creation. Know for sure what you what to do and make it your goal. This clarity comes when you transcend rational thinking.

    3. Karma. If you have poor karma, you can erase your old karma and create a new karma. No matter how much you try, karma will try to reinforce itself.
    Krishna says, “You have no freedom to act.” An innate nature will make you act a certain way.
    Karmic thoughts can easily be found, transcended and then changed. This transformation must occur within the same domain. For instance, from a cameraman to the owner of a studio or president of a company.

    4. Live and experience abundance, joy, ecstasy and pleasure. It is very fulfilling. The nature of life is bliss, ecstasy and abundance. This is our divine right. We need to understand emotions in order to create. Even procreation is an act of joy and creation. You create a baby. This emotional intelligence is the basis of creation. In a state of ecstasy you can create a car, home, job: manifest miracles.

    5. Control thoughts and the negative mind. Thoughts are not autonomous. We control thoughts and this stops once we are alert. We trip and manifest things we don’t want when we’re not conscious. Controlling thoughts controls karma as well. If you can do this, then 90% of your work is complete.
    Abundance will flow freely.
    Five steps: freedom from known: known to unknown, free mind from karma, experience joy, pleasure, abundance & pleasure, and control thoughts and the negative mind.

  4. Dr. Wayne W Dyer Says:

    First, I must say it is a pleasure to come across your posting, Marian. Vesak Day, or Buddha Purnima is a divine window of love, kindness and compassion. We take away the message of loving kindness as a universal known; moving into faster, higher moving energies.

    Think of the people you know who give love in response to negative energy that’s directed their way. There aren’t many people who respond lovingly in that situation. The ones who do are able to because they have love to give away. They know that it’s impossible to give away what they don’t have, and they’ve gone that extra mile to acquire what it is that they want to both attract and give away. If love and joy are what you want to give and receive, then begin by taking stock. What have you got to give away? What are you giving out to the universe, and thus, what are you attracting? Remember that you can’t give away what you don’t have, but you can change your life by changing what’s going on inside.
    Low energy attracts low energy. Low energy thoughts, such as anger, hate, shame, guilt, and fear, weaken you. And they attract more of the same. By changing your inner thoughts to the higher frequencies of love, harmony, kindness, peace, and joy, you’ll attract more of the same, and you’ll have those higher energies to give away.

    To begin to change what’s inside you, become more loving toward yourself. In your thoughts, cultivate an inner voice and attitude that’s 100 percent on your team. Imagine an inner self that only supports and loves you. You might schedule a certain time of day when that’s the only thought that you allow yourself to pay attention to. Gradually this loving attitude will extend to other people. You’ll begin to receive this energy back and ultimately be able to send thoughts of love and joy to everyone and everything in your world.

    Make a pact to remind yourself often of this secret of not being able to give away anything that you don’t have. Then work on your personal program of self-love, self-respect, and self-empowerment, and create a huge inventory of what you wish to give away. If what you give is self-respect and self-love, the universe will return the love and respect you’ve been radiating. It’s really so simple. As the Beatles said: “The love you take is equal to the love you make.”


    Dr. Wayne W Dyer

    • siderealview Says:

      Thank you, Wayne, for bringing such a lovely msg here — I have been rereading and internalizing — so kind of you to share your gentle ways. They are tangible. I hope, too, that you are feeling better.

      And Mehal, thank you for your bold words. Wayne: Mehal posted your suggestion within the hour on FB, so that is praise indeed!

      I am delighted you both chose to visit here with your inspired words.

      …and, as Wayne (ego-less) forgot to list his site, readers may get inspiration from

  5. Annie Says:

    A very interesting & uplifting gift from you/your muse dear souled Marian & very insightful, thought-full comments by some *great guys. It’s amusing to me that I just recently saw for the first time, the movie “My dinner with Andre.” & how the conversation in the video reminded me of it.

    Thank you for tuning me in to Terence McKenna. I love out of the box thinkers~maybe that is why I come here. Love always ~ Annie.

    • siderealview Says:

      bless you Annie for your return visit – always a pleasure — and I can take no credit — it all goes to T McK who was an amazing role model for those of us who want to keep focus thru trying times. I was so inspired by his theme I got a little carried away on my other blog — here — where he is more seriously out-of-the-box on UFOs! I know. But, wait till you hear his take on it. Thank you for being there –always

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