Raise your consciousness through content

Consciousness through content. Mindfulness through media.

Conscious content / meaningful media are two terms (one in the same) that I guess I’m coining in this context. It’s the concept of creating/consuming content (i.e. anything you read, watch, listen to) that has a higher level of awareness. Conscious content elevates your mentality, as opposed to merely entertaining you, or worse: lowering your frequency.

We all have a vibration.

It’s not some woo-woo hippie thing. Cells vibrate. We are made of cells. Ergo, we have a vibration. Don’t believe me? Good, you should fact check everything. Here you go:

All molecules show temperature-dependent molecular vibration creating a radiation in the infrared region. Each molecule species has in its turn a specific frequency pattern under given specific conditions. Changes in their structural composition result in modified frequency patterns of the molecules in question.*

 

The mind is one of the control centers for the rate at which your cells move, there are sights/sounds/thoughts that serve to increase that pulse, and others that inhibit it: pretty much most conventional media.

In this article, you’ll find suggestions to ease you into a higher level of consciousness. I, and many others, have a strong belief, that the world is awakening – don’t get left behind, it won’t be a nice place to be.

In this article, you will find suggestions of conscious content that can help you expand your consciousness and increase your frequency, followed by a sample.

Dive into all of it, or pick and choose what calls to you, creating your unique mix of meaningful media  – then come back to this list when you’re ready for more.

TLDR: An intro to conscious content (a list)

Read

Books, articles and blogs that raise consciousness. Audiobooks work too.

The Four Agreements

the four agreements book coverThis book has helped a lot of people I know wake up. It’s a very simple read that unravels what truth really means, then proceeds to challenge all the social conditioning you’ve received throughout your life.

 

 

Sample:

“Imagine that you have permission to be happy and to really enjoy your life. Your life is free of conflict with yourself and with others. Imagine living your life without fear of expressing your dreams. You know what you want, what you don’t want, and when you want it. You are free to change your life the way you really want to. You are not afraid to ask for what you need, say yes or no to anything or anyone.

Imagine living your life without the fear of being judged by others. You no longer rule your behavior according to what others may think about you. You are no longer responsible for anyone’s opinion. You have no need to control anyone, and no one controls you, either.

Imagine living your life without judging others. You can easily forgive others and let go of any judgements that you have. You don’t have the need to be right, and you don’t need to make anyone else wrong. You respect yourself and everyone else, and they respect you in return.”

Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

 

The Alchemist

Along my travels, I’ve met a myriad of positive people who have called this book ‘life changing.’ This book is a light read and captivating way to cultivate your conscious self.

One particular discussion about this book stands out to me: At the counter of a small bar in Nicaragua, a new friend and fellow DN, Lonny, and I sat talking about how the themes in The Alchemist were a catalyst for change in our view of how the world works. Manifestation or attracting what you desire through thought and action, became clear to us: whatever you want will come if you prepare yourself and call it in.

 

Sample: 

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” (👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽)

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist Get it on Amazon

Truthfully, I recommend anything by Paolo Coelho. He weaves insight and meaning into compelling and captivating stories. You learn without feeling like you’re learning. This set of Paulo Coelho books is great, and this book set seems perfect.

Honorable mentions include: The Witch of Portobello and Eleven Minutes.

 

Into the Wild

I read this book for fun while still in high school. It both reinforced and reshaped the way I saw the world, the rate race, and the pathetic delusion of “the American dream.” Follow Chris McCandless on a vagabond adventure through the US in the 1990s. His story will astound you and his writings will challenge your preconceived notions.

 

 

Sample:

“I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. And so, Ron, in short, get out of Salton City and hit the Road. I guarantee you will be very glad you did. But I fear that you will ignore my advice. You think that I am stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life. But for some reason incomprehensible to me you wanted nothing but to bolt for home as quickly as possible, right back to the same situation which you see day after day after day. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover.

Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.

My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.”

Chris McCandless, Into the Wild Get it on Amazon

 

To Shake the Sleeping Self

This is the most recently-published recommendation. Follow Jedidiah Jenkins, an enlightened mind and beautiful spirit, as he bicycles from Oregon to Patagonia – getting to know interesting people, places and himself along the way. Also, follow him on Instagram to elevate your newsfeed @jedidiahjenkins 

 

 

Sample:

“If discontent is your disease, travel is medicine”

“There are so many different ways to be human.”

“It is astonishing how ideas can change an experience. How we can be in a beautiful forest, on a hike through verdant beauty, but if someone told us that the forest was the site of a brutal massacre, the entire hike would be transformed. It would turn ominous and sad. Or if I was told the forest was where Walk Whitman had walked every morning before working on “Leaves of Grass,” the place would take on a holy majesty. Same forest. Same trail and trees. But the idea layered on top of it mutates it, glorifies or damns it.”

Jedidiah Jenkins, To Shake the Sleeping Self Get it on Amazon

 

Watch

Movies, shows, and documentaries that raise consciousness. Learn something new, live a better life.

Happy (Documentary)

I first watched this documentary while laying in bed with my friend Susana some Summer afternoon in 2012. The film follows a few stories of people who live in true happiness. I re-watch this doc every couple of years. Catch it on Netflix or on Amazon (Heads up: the YouTube video titled Happy 2011, is not the documentary)

 

Minimalism (Documentary)

This documentary delves into the pointlessness of owning crap. Discover how owning less, makes you feel more fulfilled, and good tips on how to let go. Catch it on Netflix or Amazon.

 

Into the Wild (movie)

I’m a firm believer that the book is always better than the movie, but director Sean Penn and familiar faces like Emile Hirche, Kristen Stewart and Vince Vaughn did a great job of turning my all-time-favorite book into a cinematic experience. ⚠️Spoiler alert: skip the comment below the video. Watch it on Amazon Prime

He dies. But damnit, at least he lived. He wasn’t dumb though, nature is just smarter. Here’s what happened.

 

TEDTalks

TED stands for: Technology, Entertainment and Design. TED and TEDx Talks present everything from personal insight to complex concepts in a digestible way. Some are better than others. You might see a few that rock your world and others that make you roll your eyes. The important thing is to keep an open mind.

This year, someone said to me “You still watch TEDTalks? That’s so outdated.” I asked what I should be watching instead and he couldn’t give me a single alternative… the sweet silence of ignorance, I guess. So, I’ll be keeping TEDTalks in my meaningful media mix, thanks. Find them on YouTube, Facebook and TED.com

Here’s a few favorites – watch some or just one:

 

Charisma on Command (YouTube Channel)

My college boyfriend turned me on to this channel last year. I was doubtful at first, but have come to love it. The host(s) are thoughtful, conscious and have a very high frequency (which is what charisma is).

 

Listen

Music and podcasts that raise your frequency.

Music

conscious music playlist SpotifyNahko / Satsang / Trevor Hall

These artists are woke. Their sound is beautiful and lyrics powerful. Tune in, rise up.

 

 

 

 

Hertz music

Music tuned to natural sounds. It’s based on Hertz – the SI unit of frequency, equal to one cycle per second. Geek out on Solfeggio sounds with this article on Gaia.

 

 

 

 

Alan Watts Chillstep

Alan Watts is British lecturer who brought Eastern philosophy to the Western world. His words are potent and thought-provoking, yet simple to understand. Chillstep overlays some of his best philosophies over pleasant instrumental edm.

 

Podcasts

 

On Purpose with Jay Shetty 

You may recognize this guy from viral Facebook videos. I recently learned his story: business school grad turns monk turns viral conscious content creator. This podcast delves into themes that are rocking our generation. Listen now: Expand your worldview.

 

 

Driven for Purpose with Amanda Biccum

I had the pleasure of rooming with this woke woman at a coliving space in Nicaragua. She taught me so much about the mind, body and spirit. Her podcast touches on topics every human should hear about. Give it a listen. 

 

 

Some other (less woo-woo) podcasts I adore are:

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. Follow the founders of wildly successful companies like Instagram, Clif Bar, Burt’s Bees, and more as they tell Guy how they started, failed and succeeded.

 

 

Radiolab with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich

This is, hands-down, the most well-produced podcasts I’ve ever listened to. It’s damn near ASMR for me. Radiolab weaves questions and answers into stories and science. Learn stuff in an incredibly entertaining way.

 

Well, there you have it. That’s an introduction to how to become a more conscious person, as I know it.

Can’t wait to hear what high vibe humans come from this ✨

Rise up.