Lucidicast Episode 1: Dream State

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Just published the first episode of my new podcast, hosted over at the Lucidity Festival blog…

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Welcome to Lucidicast, the Lucidity Festival Podcast. In our first episode, we take you back to Lucidity 2014’s Lucid Dreaming Panel at Lucidity University.

Featured guests on the panel are Richard Hilton, Laurel Lyons, Noah Crowe, and Nathaniel Solace. The panel is moderated by Jonah Haas, Dream Counselor and Marketing Director of Lucidity Festival, LLC.

Lucidicast is a collaborative channel for transformational thought, collecting content from a vast array of leaders in spirituality, health, science, art, and more. The podcast is hosted by Wesley Wolfbear Pinkham, online at www.wesleypinkham.com

Music provided by Terrakroma. Listen to them on the web at @terrakroma-music

Cover art is a collaboration with the talented Erik Seyster who paints under the name Vajra. See his work and purchase his art at www.altarofthesun.com/

Additional resources from this podcast:
Explorers of the Lucid Dream World (Documentary) by Richard Hilton at www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJQCqoKQJLE

You Can Lucid Dream worksheet from Richard Hilton at www.youcanluciddream.com/wp-content/u…ream_com.pdf

The Mutual Dream Experiment at www.wakeupinyourdreams.com/mutualdream/

A Wandering Jew on Christmas

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From far away lands, I ponder the meanings of goodwill and acceptance. Arriving here among strangers, Hannah and I sought shelter, first in hotels, and then in a place more permanent, certainly more permanent than the Hyundai we’ve called home for most of 2014. We found some wonderful flatmates, Germans, and we celebrated Christmas Eve in a newly opened bar of a French ex-pat out in the Tay Ho district.

The gathering of friends was incredibly mixed. Almost equal parts French, German, Vietnamese and American. Maybe 3-5 of each. The food, equally mixed: cheese, bread, smoked salmon and steamed fish, squash soup, wurst, wine, $1 packs of cigarettes, risotto.. In the frantic preparation, each of us felt the stress of the holidays, the quest for perfection.. Would there be enough food?

Partway through the meal, it became clear our abundance. There was more than enough. More than enough love and jokes, laughing about sin of gluttony and an attempt to translate each of the 7 Deadly Sins into each language.

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As an outsider, I have always viewed Christmas in a similar vein to Passover. That is, it is an opportunity to open your home, to share in abundance, to build community from strangers. What resonates with me is the importance of GIVING, that what makes people truly happy is not the accumulation of wealth, but the ability to take care of others AND to be nurtured yourself.

In Judaism, we know well the stories of Abraham and Sarah. Their home was a tent, open on all sides. How can one hide or horde in such a situation? As a Nomad myself, the quintessential Wandering Jew, living out of a 25-liter backpack and a camera bag, I can appreciate that idea of living simply, and putting it all out there. My possessions are simply part of what I take from here to there. I try to leave no trace, except for when I find myself with too much. I had too many jackets at one point this summer. One went to a homeless guy in Seattle, a few others went to Goodwill. I need no more than the jacket on my back.

What do we hope for in our New Year’s Resolutions? Many of us wish to SLIM DOWN: to lose weight, to clean out the garage, to be more efficient. So why celebrate excess? Why root for more stuff, bigger houses, more cumbersome business proposals and complicated plans?

Merry Christmas. Happy New Year.

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Fight For $15 and a Union : December 4, 2014

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In what ways is a protest TRANSFORMATIVE? It’s a word we’re quickly tiring of, perhaps because transformation is awfully hard to measure. But gathering an empowered voice, to be able to publicly SHOUT DOWN the systems of control that value one’s worth and to see a collective that is capable of creating change in your own life… That is a powerful antidote to disenfranchisement.

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The next day, things are different. You are not just a cog in the machine. You have a voice. You have an opinion. These things take time. Certainly this is amazing progress in just a couple of years of organizing. They will win, it’s only a question of when. $15/hour minimum wage for all workers to ensure fairness in business. And a Union to make sure that pay stays ahead of welfare wages.

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3.6 MILLION fast food workers being paid fair wages will boost the economy. Our country can handle the inflation. If your self-worth is dependent on someone being worth less, you need to check your ego.

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See the rest of the set at Flickr…

I’ve Got Your Lucidity 2015 Promo Code Right Here!

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Interested in saving a few bucks on your Lucidity ticket for the 2015 festival? Wolfbear’s got you covered. Hit me up via e-mail (wryanpinkham at gmail) or on twitter (@bruin) and I can save you a few bucks!

Oh, and check out the new poster for this year’s festival, created by the amazing futurist conceptual artist, Mark Goerner: