This application for the Parallel Perception Scholarship Program was submitted by Michael Armstrong. If you would like to vote for Michael please leave a comment at the end of this blog post.
Since as long as I can remember, I’ve structured my thoughts like a branching tree. One of my earliest memories is of lying in bed awake and coming to the conclusion that in order to figure out what ever this experience was that I was having as a human being, I had to organize each piece of the puzzle into its proper place. Starting with the most fundamental question I could ask (why is it worth it to be alive) I carried each trail of ideas that sprang forth down its own path, one by one, thoroughly addressing every new branch that arose. In this way, my understanding of the world became a fluid network of concepts and perceptions that my consciousness had a direct overview of. In the summer of 2008, I read a book, and I saw a movie, and the combination of facts and ideas that were outlined in these two works changed me forever. My mind was poised because of my conscious self construction, and when I got hit with this information, it was like a key that opened the dormant potential of every thought that I had ever had. And these thoughts not only changed my mental landscape, but rippled through my entire being. I suddenly understood on every level that the whole universe is a massively complex living organism made of love that we are simply expressions of. I was staying by the sea, and I ran out of the house, dove into the water and swam far out into the ocean, weeping with joy at being able to witness the sheer beauty of life. I had considered myself an atheist before this moment, and suddenly the lives of Jesus and Buddha and every other spiritual teacher of the past made perfect sense to me. I resonated with them, and I knew that from that day on my life was about one thing only: helping other people to see what I saw. If everyone were to perceive the world in this way, there could be no war or conflict of any kind, and humanity would be elevated into a new era in which the foundation of society was pure creation through unconditional love.
Since this first breakthrough, my simple dream has expanded into a complex quest that has many facets to it. The central question in everything I do is always how to most effectively activate a change when people have very nuanced and extensive resistance to breaking their preconceived notions of what the world is. Seeking the answer to this question has led me to discover a Pandora’s box that seems to have no bottom. By connecting to the world intuitively, I have been led down a path of books, art, people and experiences that have expanded my personal power and perception by many fold from what it was four years ago, and the current culmination of that journey is the Art of Stalking Parallel Perception. I have read many books that have had a transformative effect on me, but nothing even comes close to this. When I first read the Author’s note, the hair stood up on the back of my neck, and it felt like the words were directly altering my perception as they explained how that very process works. My personal evolution is always gaining momentum exponentially (in alignment with the rest of the world), and as I read this book it became so fast that the words on the pages were relating information to transform my at the same rate that I was able to read them. It has truly catapulted me to a new threshold of precise introspection and self-actualization.
Four years ago, I knew that humanity was at war. Not a physical war, but a war for our hearts and minds. I understood that people were trapped in a very deeply rooted way, and that it would take the force of powerful warriors to break the shackles. What I didn’t know then was that this was not a metaphorical war against our own inadequacies, but a literal war against an invisible, foreign enemy. It takes every ounce of strength, and every resource possible to win a war, especially one of such a covert nature, and as a warrior I want to accrue as much strength and as may allies as possible to help free humanity from it’s bonds. I sensed a deep resonance with Lujan Matus’ work before I even opened his books, and they had an effect on me that no words can describe. I felt a similar resonance when I learnt of the shamanic movements program, and I hope that you all will decide to send me on this journey. Good luck to all the other entrants, and blessings to everyone who reads this.
If you would like to vote for Michael please leave a comment at the end of this blog post.
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