Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Top 10 Strangest How-to Books

Source: Amazon.com


We all know about how-to, DIY, books for dummies, whatever you want to call them, pieces of literature. Many have proven to be extremely helpful, such as those dealing with computer programming or doing something simple such as knowing how to prepare a great Italian dinner for your family.

With censorship out the window and freedom of speech blowing in, anyone can publish whatever they want. Whether you see this as a good or bad thing, there have most definitely been some pretty weird books that have been put in the reach of society’s hands. Here are the top 10 strangest how-to books that will most definitely leave you thinking “why?”

And yes, all of these books are real books and can be purchased at Amazon.


READ THE FULL LIST HERE...

7 More Weird Self-Help Book Titles


By Karen Tay/ Source: Stuff

Self-help books are such funny, deeply personal things. You can get help for any aspect of life, from how to be happy to how to stop comfort-eating, heal your emotional self, take control of your life and the bread and butter of the self-help genre, relationship advice.

The relationship advice covers every relationship under the sun, from parents and children to romance, marriage, friendship and even how to get along with the in-laws without wanting to suffocate them with a pillowslip.

Today I thought we could get into some of the frivolous (or just plain freaky) self-help titles that can be found online - I admit that I have read none of them, I'm just making assumptions about content purely from the title and sometimes the blurb. Isn't that fun?

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

How to Steal and Get Rich

My eight year old daughter is crying right now. She's trying to draw manga-style comic book figures. "The eyes look stupid!" she says, "and the arms look flimsy!" 

My oldest tries to calm her down, "Mollie, I'm three years older than you. Thats why my characters look so good," she says, but somehow that doesn't work and it doesn't help when my oldest says, "Mollie, guess what, I finished drawing on the whole pad? Aren't these pretty?"

I tell my youngest, "Mollie, look on the Internet and see how other artists do their eyes and arms. I bet there are some Manga artists who even have videos on how to do it."

She says, "but that's copying. I don't want to copy. I refuse."

So I tell her my favorite quote from Picasso, "Good artists copy. Great artists steal." And my oldest says, "that would mean HE stole." And I tell her that's right but still my youngest refuses to listen. She says, "I don't want to copy. I want to do something completely original." But that's impossible.

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Can Plants Read Your Mind?

By James F. Coyle, Author of The 7 Real Mind Power Secrets

In 1966 a very strange event occurred. Cleve Backster, America's top polygraph (lie detector) expert was working late in his New York office. His secretary had installed a Dragon pot plant to brighten the office.

Backster noticed that the plant needed water, and on impulse attached the leads of a lie detector to one of the leaves. The lie detector measures skin resistance and Backster knew that it would indicate when water reached the actual leaf. He poured water over the root system and waited to see how long before this moisture reached the leaves.
Nothing happened. In fact after a while the instrument appeared to indicate less moisture in the leaf. The pen-tracing equipment attached to the lie detector was trending downwards with a fair amount of "saw tooth" motion.

Backster was puzzled as this was exactly the same response expected from a human being experiencing an emotional stimulus of short duration. He wondered if the plant could be displaying emotion.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Negative Thinking for Weight Loss


(Fair warning: - the material below is very controversial with many of our readers - I 
receive more strongly opinionated letters on this than any other email)

Let's face it , your physical health is as important as your mental health for your overall well-being.

But mental and physical health go hand-in-hand... this is because getting in shape is just as much, if not more, a mental and emotional process as it a physical one.
Even if you get the physical results, you still need to make sure  that you make the changes needed in your mind and emotions so that your new behaviors stick.  


Sunday, March 01, 2015

How to Use Your Brain in the Future

The holiday of the future will still provide memories of strolls along sunny beaches, the sensation of sand between your toes and the peaceful rush of the ocean, but there will be one crucial difference.

You won't have ever actually been away - in fact you might not have even left your home.

Instead, people will download memories to their brains to make them feel as if they have been on a sun-kissed holiday.

That’s just one of the many realities we could face as we learn to manipulate the human mind, US physicist Dr Michio Kaku told MailOnline in an exclusive interview. 

Read the full story here...

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Myth of the 8-hour Sleep


By Stephanie Hegarty/ Source: BBC

We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night - but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.

In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month.

It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern. They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep.

Though sleep scientists were impressed by the study, among the general public the idea that we must sleep for eight consecutive hours persists.

Friday, February 27, 2015

10 Scientific Studies That Prove Subliminals Work

Source: Subliminal MP3s

We often get asked for further evidence of subliminal messaging, and a lot of skeptical questions from people who have yet to experience subliminal messaging for themselves, so here is a page we have complied with multiple studies which have been conducted on subliminal messaging using audio based messages over the last 30+ years:

Program Your Own Mind or Others Will Program You

Source: MindCastr

A lot of people ask me for my opinion on subliminal messaging. I'm kind of an expert in this area because I have studied it for about 30 years now.

Over the past half century various studies have proven that subliminal messages really do have an affect on people's behavior. It became so powerful that it was added into advertising for years, but then the research started showing that it was a little too effective and the government got scared, so it was banned from advertising. You couldn't use it legally.

However, that's not true anymore because it is still being done today. It's being done in music videos, movies, and television shows. All types of subliminal advertising are being used and it absolutely 100% works and there is a whole technology behind it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Top 20 Self Help Books of All Time


After more than a decade as a public speaker, I've been asked hundreds of times for the best self help books that have made the biggest impact in my life.

After having read hundreds of books in my 18 years as an entrepreneur, I have to admit, it was tough narrowing the list of the best self help books of all time down to only 20. I feel self help encompasses spirituality, financial, physical, relationships and many, many more areas of our lives. Needless to say, this best self help books list is by no means the end all, be all. There are no-doubt many others that will add tremendous value to your life.

For each of the best self help books on this list, I give my highest recommendation. With the new year upon us, I encourage you to jump out of your comfort zone and pick several of these to add to your library and read this year.

So here goes…. (drum roll, please)


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Strange and Mysterious History of the Ouija Board

In February, 1891, the first few advertisements started appearing in papers: Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board, boomed a Pittsburgh toy and novelty shop, describing a magical device that answered questions “about the past, present and future with marvelous accuracy” and promised “never-failing amusement and recreation for all the classes,” a link “between the known and unknown, the material and immaterial.” Another advertisement in a New York newspaper declared it “interesting and mysterious” and testified, “as proven at Patent Office before it was allowed. Price, $1.50.”

This mysterious talking board was basically what’s sold in board game aisles today: A flat board with the letters of the alphabet arrayed in two semi-circles above the numbers 0 through 9; the words “yes” and “no” in the uppermost corners, “goodbye” at the bottom; accompanied by a “planchette,” a teardrop-shaped device, usually with a small window in the body, used to maneuver about the board. 

The idea was that two or more people would sit around the board, place their finger tips on the planchette, pose a question, and watch, dumbfounded, as the planchette moved from letter to letter, spelling out the answers seemingly of its own accord. The biggest difference is in the materials; the board is now usually cardboard, rather than wood, and the planchette is plastic.


Top 10 Weirdest Religions

We have previously published a variety of lists on strange religious practices, religions you never knew existed, and weird cults, but not a list of bizarre religions. This list is designed to fill the gap by discussing ten religions that most of us have not heard of (for good reason as you will see). Be sure to use the comments to tell us about any other bizarre religions and, especially, your own experiences of them.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Be A Rich Monk - 4 Crazy Misconceptions About the Spiritual Life

By Karl Moore / Source: The Brain Salon

Northern Thailand, 2006.

I'm sitting in an ancient monastery by myself. Soaking up the atmosphere.
In front of me, young Buddhist monks are gathering in clusters for their meditative practice. They each wear bright orange robes.

I sit around. Observing their rites and traditions for hours. It's both peaceful and insightful. It makes you go to a place inside and question yourself.

Near the end of my day, one of the monastery leaders came up to me. He was the traditional wise Zen master. His robe was a deep orange, apparently a sign of his maturity and experience within this Buddhist community.

"Did you find what you were looking for?" he asked.

It's true. I'd gone there with questions in my head. At the time, I was battling with two seemingly competing principles.

Firstly -- Money.


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How to Cheat and Stay Healthy


Everyone wants to be healthy, but most people want to indulge too. It's cool - you're human. Go for it. Indulge. Cheat. Eat a lot of food. Pig out on a tub of ice cream. Drink a bottle of wine. Do it. It's fun. (Isn't peer pressure awesome?)

You don't need to be perfect to be healthy - you just need to be good. And being good is actually pretty easy and a lot of fun too.

Now, if your goal is to lose thirty pounds, or you want to pack on muscle, or you're training for a marathon, then the rest of this article does not apply to you. In these situations, you pretty much have to be as perfect as possible. I know it stinks, but you're the one who wants to look like a professional body builder. Not me. The same is true for people who are sick, obese, and diseased - in those circumstances you need to be perfect too - especially when faced with illness.

But if you're already relatively healthy and you're not looking to become the next runway queen, I have good news for you. You can cheat often and everything is going to be just fine.

Doctor Visits Heaven During Near-Death Experience

Dr. Mary Neal, an orthopedic spine surgeon who describes herself as a “concrete thinker” who isn’t “fanciful” and doesn’t exaggerate, spent a long time trying to explain a seemingly inexplicable event that unfolded back in 1999 following a near-death experience.

After almost drowning during a kayaking accident while on a trip to Chile — and supposedly going without oxygen for 24 minutes — Neal remarkably survived without sustaining any brain damage.

And as if that weren’t miraculous enough, she claims that she visited heaven, interacted with spirits and was warned about her son’s death 10 years before it happened — an experience that left her confused and in awe.


Results of the World's Largest Near-Death Experience Study

The results of a four-year international study of 2060 cardiac arrest cases across 15 hospitals concludes the following.

The themes relating to the experience of death appear far broader than what has been understood so far, or what has been described as so called near-death experiences. In some cases of cardiac arrest, memories of visual awareness compatible with so called out-of-body experiences may correspond with actual events. A higher proportion of people may have vivid death experiences, but do not recall them due to the effects of brain injury or sedative drugs on memory circuits. Widely used yet scientifically imprecise terms such as near-death and out-of-body experiences may not be sufficient to describe the actual experience of death.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

7 Ways Meditation Improves Your Brain

The meditation-and-the-brain research has been rolling in steadily for a number of years now, with new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditation. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG.

The practice appears to have an amazing variety of neurological benefits – from changes in grey matter volume to reduced activity in the “me” centers of the brain to enhanced connectivity between brain regions.


There Is No Such Thing As Time

Everything exists in the present moment and it's a fundamental principle of the Universe that many of our scientists are still trying to grasp. Time does not actually exist and Quantum Theory proves it.

There are things that are closer to you in time, and things that are further away, just as there are things that are near or far away in space. But the idea that time flows past you is just as absurd as the suggestion that space does.

The trouble with time started a century ago, when Einstein's special and general theories of relativity demolished the idea of time as a universal constant. One consequence is that the past, present, and future are not absolutes.


Friday, February 13, 2015

50 Shades of Psychology

Now that EL James’s bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey is appearing as a movie, I will confess to a fascination with the novel’s theory of mind. Some time back, a dinner party conversation led me to download the text and do a search for the word “subconscious.”

Anastasia Steele, the heroine of the series, has an active and chatty one: “Up and down like whores’ drawers, my subconscious remarks bitterly.” Like the psychoanalytic superego, her subconscious serves as a scold: “My subconscious sneers at me, loud, proud, and pouty.”

What Falling In Love Does to Your Brain

Getting struck by Cupid's arrow may very well take your breath away and make your heart go pitter-patter this Valentine's Day, reports sexual wellness specialists at Loyola University Health System.

"Falling in love causes our body to release a flood of feel-good chemicals that trigger specific physical reactions," said Pat Mumby, PhD, co-director of the Loyola Sexual Wellness Clinic and professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM). "This internal elixir of love is responsible for making our cheeks flush, our palms sweat and our hearts race."