Tree Of Love

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.
Michael Armstrong

If you would like to vote for Michael please leave a comment at the end of this blog post.

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40 Comments
  1. Wow!You’re a true Warrior, Michael.

    I salute to your Warriors Spirit.

  2. mike !
    I’m so glad to have met you as if it was perfectly synchronized that we did, sir. Thanks for sharing this story, truly amazing… the best of luck !

    Ivan.

  3. wish you well too,
    your words touch me like we are all in this together just like branches of a tree

  4. I look forward to seeing where this leads…

  5. You are the only person I know up to this job, and I vouch for the conviction behind everything you wrote. May you go to the jungle and find what you’re looking for.What movie was it?

  6. Way to go Michael! It’s great to see you pursuing your spiritual path, and I’m a huge backer for shamanism. You’re strength in focusing yourself in your direction is inspirational. I hope you get this opportunity to work with a real shaman.
    love,
    ben

  7. Go Mike! Can’t wait to see what you do :)

  8. we’ve talked a lot about this and its really great that you can put it into the written word. best of luck, you are a special one!

  9. Oren Silverstein for Michael Armstrong! do it!

  10. I vote for Mike!

  11. Best of luck, Mike! You’ve got my vote.

  12. Loved the essay. Gluck mike!

  13. Truly insightful and far reaching- this goes beyond the self and shows a universal vision-we so need it
    all best

  14. So excited for you, my fingers are crossed!

  15. I vote for you!!!

  16. I believe in Michael and his potential for creating change in society. He has the innate abilities to heal this world and must continue to embark on journeys that foster his strengths to achieve happiness for all.

  17. This is so good! you deserve to win the Parallel Perception scholarship!

  18. So well written! Always a pleasure listening to your thoughts on this subject; you deserve this and I hope you win! Will spread the word… :) Btw, I have been working my way through Light on Yoga and it is indeed outstanding.

  19. = ) You deserve this!! Lets get you some more votes!!

    <3 Happy Holidays <3

  20. You have a depth that will absorb so much from the nagual, and I believe this will in turn have a ripple effect in the ocean, reaching far out and wide. Good luck :)

  21. Michael, you truly blow my mind with your take on consciousness.

  22. You got my vote. Do great things

  23. Change the world Mike!!

  24. you. spirit. cosmic support

  25. i hope you find what you’re looking for in this

  26. I’m not sure how I feel about all this voodoo witchery you speak of, but I am willing to learn more.

  27. good luck mike!I am very happy to met you and to have had the chance to share sometime talking with you.

  28. good luck mike! I am so happy to have met you and to have had the chance to listen your ideas and your thoughts.

  29. I’m reading this awesome ecology philosophy book right now, and it relates shamanism to sleight of hand magicians in the sense that they both are able to work and participate in different forms/levels of perception. besides that one point, there’s a lot of other good stuff!! I can’t wait to keep sharing, thanks for posting up this essay.

  30. This seems like a natural step in your life affirming journey. Good Luck!

  31. PARTY. <3 <3 <3 good fucking luck buddy :)

  32. Mike,

    I respect your determination to uncover the mystery of the human experience more than you know. You’ve never been afraid to ask questions, you’ve never been one to accept the superficial world as most (sadly) experience and understand it, and I just want to wish you the best of luck in continuing your journey into and through this life.

    -Travis

  33. We’ll have a bright future with leaders like you. Best of luck…

    Kasey

  34. Speaking from the point of view of an intense personal interest in shamanism, its history, its practice, and especially its potential impact in the modern world, I know Mike is an incredibly passionate and conscientious student of the ancient traditions of shamanism. This essay is wonderful but does not portray a fraction of his knowledge and insight in this area. He deserves this like crazy!

  35. Mike! how is it going! let me know when you get it!! =D good luck

  36. Mike! Nice work! You’re the SHIZ! YOU SHOULD WIN

  37. Amazing. May your path be curvy, straight, both, and neither. Bueno

  38. Hello, this is Michael writing about the Eight Gates of Dreaming Awake program. In my essay, I wrote about my pursuit of the Shamanic warrior’s path from a general perspective, but I would like to be more precise about what I aim to accomplish through gaining new insights and techniques in this area. My goal in life (that I know many people share) is to create alchemical transformation of consciousness in myself and others in the most effective way possible. For me, this has manifested in the form of filmmaking. The reality we live in is our collective dream, and to me film is an invitation to allow that dream to evolve beyond its self-imposed limitations. Lujan, your experiences embody a direct encounter with alternate avenues of awareness that I believe will one day be a hallmark of human experience, but unfortunately for the time being, most people do not have the good fortune of direct interaction with wise and powerful benefactors. What people do have access to is technology and media. My personal journey is twofold: to access the deepest and most profound truths on every level of my being, and then to ingress that information into the collective psyche through what I would call shamanic or alchemical media. I want to learn the Eight Gates of Dreaming Awake because I want to fully access the infinite depth of existence, not for myself alone, but so that those Truths can resonate through me into everyone that I touch. This includes my personal acquaintances, but almost more importantly all the people who come into contact with the energy that I imbue into the images and sounds of my creations. You have already given me so much inspiration and personal transformation through your books, and I hope to continue on this journey of learning and teaching through this program. Thank you so much for everything, and for offering all of us this opportunity. Again, best of luck to the other entrants, and peace and love be with you all.

  39. As a fellow warrior and filmmaker, I would very much like to talk to you about film some day. I have been trying to do ultimately the same as you, through controlled folly.

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