Friday, February 28, 2014

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

9 Unexpected Ways Travel Makes You a Better Person

What is travel? Travel is a new bed every night. Travel is learning for the day the map of a new city. It's wonderful new friends or brusque strangers. Travel is something new on your plate at dinner. Travel is always worrying about your budget. Travel is an out-of-breath moment on a mountaintop, congratulating yourself for sticking to it. Travel is strange sounds in the night outside your tent. Travel is the anonymity of an airport and the familiarity of a shared bathroom. Travel is the neon lights of a busy city.

Travel is staring into a mirror and thinking "Maybe I should wash my hair today". Travel is wearing the same outfit for days. Travel is a worn pair of sneakers and a well-loved backpack. Travel is sweating in the back of a local bus or train.

Travel is more than just a stamp in your passport – it's a stamp on your soul. You'll never again see the place you left with the same eyes. You don't always see it immediately, but one day back home, you'll catch yourself doing something in a different way, and remember why. Here's the top nine ways you will change:

Monday, February 24, 2014

UFO Cult Hopes to Build Alien Embassy in Cambodia

The world's largest UFO cult has reached Cambodia.

"People are not [ready] yet, but we will keep trying to spread the message," said Am Vichet, the head of the Cambodian chapter of the Raelian Movement, which believes a group of scientists created life 25,000 years ago in a laboratory.

The 41-year old, who works at reproductive health NGO Marie Stopes, said he became a Raelian in 2007 after attending a lecture where the cult's philosophy was explained. "I want to learn new things. Then, at that time, I joined a lecture and they showed me a video and I thought it was interesting. But it was not enough just to go one time; I wanted to learn more," Vichet said.

His next step was to read a book penned by the group's leader, Frenchman Claude Vorilhon, now known by his acolytes only as Rael and who founded the cult in 1974. He claims to be a reincarnation of Buddha.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Weird Do-It-Yourself Subliminal Technique

By Bradley Thompson / Source: Subliminal Power 2.0

The U.S. Government banned them on TV and radio in 1974. They were once famously used to boost sales of popcorn by almost 60%. And today, they're the subject of numerous Derren Brown-style "mind" shows airing throughout the globe.

I'm talking, of course, about subliminal messages.

However, despite all the media hype, subliminal messages aren't just used by advertising moguls trying to get us to buy another can of coke. They can also be employed to make serious and lasting change in our own lives.
In this short article, I'm going to share a method you can use to get subliminal messages working for you—starting tonight!

But how? There are two primary ways you can actually "send" subliminal messages. Visually, such as with the popular Subliminal Power 2.0 software tool. Or, less effectively, using sound, with the subliminal CDs you can buy from most bookstores.

Yet if your budget is low, there's an even cheaper way to begin putting the power of subliminal messaging to work for you!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The 100 Most Spiritually Influential People of 2014

It's February again and that means it's time for Watkins' Spiritual 100 list. The Spring issue of Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine has just come out in the UK and will soon be available worldwide.

Watkins bookshop in London has been encouraging spiritual discovery and providing seekers with esoteric knowledge for over 120 years. In 2011 we started publishing the 100 list with the goal of celebrating the world's living spiritual teachers. As you read through this list, we hope that you are as inspired as we are by each individual's significant impact.

We've done our best to consider as many people as possible and our spiritual database includes the names of over six hundred candidates from which we selected this list of the top 100, highlighting the most proactive individuals – ranging from political and religious leaders to writers, filmmakers and artists.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Occult Origins of Television

The origin of the television set was heavily shrouded in both spiritualism and the occult, writes author Stefan Andriopoulos in his new book Ghostly Apparitions. In fact, as its very name implies, the television was first conceived as a technical device for seeing at a distance: like the telephone (speaking at a distance) and telescope (viewing at a distance), the television was intended as an almost magical box through which we could watch distant events unfold, a kind of technological crystal ball.

Andriopoulos's book puts the TV into a long line of other "optical media" that go back at least as far as weird Renaissance experiments involving technologically-induced illusions, such as concave mirrors, magic lanterns, disorienting walls of smoke, and other "ghostly apparitions" and "phantasmagoric projections" created by speciality devices. These were conjuring tricks, sure, but they relied on sophisticated understandings of such basic things as light, shadow, and acoustics, making an audience see—and believe in—an illusion.

The Healing Power of the Grateful Dead

Source: Musicophelia

Here is a case history that explores the human brain's susceptibility to music, and the healing that is possible as a result.

In 1977, noted neurologist and author Dr. Oliver Sacks met Greg, a young man with devastating amnesia caused by a brain tumor who could remember no new events in his life. He responded to one thing only: music, particularly The Grateful Dead.

After almost fifteen years of working with Greg, Dr. Sacks arranged for Greg to meet drummer Mickey Hart and go to a Grateful Dead concert! This video tells the remarkable story of what followed.

Dr. Sacks writes more about music and music therapy in his book Musicophelia, including this passage from the preface:
"While music can affect all of us—calm us, animate us, comfort us, thrill us, or serve to organize and synchronize us at work or play—it may be especially powerful and have great therapeutic potential for patients with a variety of neurological conditions. Such people may respond powerfully and specifically to music (and, sometimes, to little else). Some of these patients have widespread cortical problems, whether from strokes or Alzheimer's or other causes of dementia; others have specific cortical syndromes— loss of language or movement functions, amnesias, or frontal-lobe syndromes. Some are retarded, some autistic; others have subcortical syndromes such as parkinsonism or other movement disorders. All of these conditions and many others can potentially respond to music and music therapy."
Turn it up and let the healing begin!

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Transforming Childhood Trauma Into Enlightenment

Writing about childhood adversity, often a depressing topic, appeals to me because I know recovery is possible. What's more, I believe those of us from traumatic backgrounds are well positioned to approach what spiritual disciplines call enlightenment (or realization, awakening, etc). This may sound surprising, but I've seen evidence for it in myself and others.

My younger years felt poisoned with dissatisfaction, rage, and confusion. Looking back, it's clear I struggled with many of the difficulties known to stem from adverse home life. Here is my breakdown of the common problems, derived from multiple sources and framed by personal experience: poor self-concept, emotional reactivity, social unease, feelings of emptiness, problems with focus, and stress-induced bodily symptoms.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Our Brains Are Hardwired to Believe In Immortality

Most people, regardless of race, religion or culture, believe they are immortal. That is, people believe that part of themselves -- some indelible core, soul or essence-will transcend the body's death and live forever. But what is this essence? Why do we believe it survives? And why is this belief so unshakable?

A new Boston University study led by postdoctoral fellow Natalie Emmons and published in the January 16, 2014 online edition of Child Development sheds light on these profound questions by examining children's ideas about "prelife," the time before conception.

By interviewing 283 children from two distinct cultures in Ecuador, Emmons's research suggests that our bias toward immortality is a part of human intuition that naturally emerges early in life. And the part of us that is eternal, we believe, is not our skills or ability to reason, but rather our hopes, desires and emotions. We are, in fact, what we feel.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Learning to See the Future at Psychic School

"Whenever I do psychic readings for someone, it's always bad news," says Bill with a heavy sigh. Bill is a 60-something electrician and, like me and nine others, a student for the day at the College of Psychic Studies in Kensington, London. "But then I think, 'Well, they've gotta hear it, ain't they?'" he continues. "They're meant to."

Without warning, our teacher, Avril Price sweeps into the scented basement studio. After this class, presumably, we'll know when people are about to enter rooms. We will begin this Sacred Arts of Divination workshop with a group meditation session, she tells the group. We all close our eyes.

The College of Psychic Studies was founded in 1884 by a group of academics and scientists—scholarly individuals who wanted to formally investigate the psychic phenomena that had taken Victorian-era London by storm.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Video Gamers Have Better Dreams and Are More Creative

The studies proving video games are changing your brain for the better just keep coming. To date we know playing video games increases the size of your brain and improves your cognitive function by making you better at multitasking and problem-solving. If those little factoids aren't convincing you, how about this one: gamers have better dreams.

In fact, the dreaming life of gamers are vastly superior to the dreams of non-gamers, according to various studies done by Jayne Gackenbach, a dream researcher and psychologist at Canada's Grant MacEwan University.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Top 10 Things You Can't Prove But People Believe Anyway

By Lara Webster / Source: The List Universe

Empirical proof helps us validate what we should and shouldn't believe, but sometimes cold hard facts just aren't available. Even when we don't have solid proof, however, humans still tend to extend their sense of belief to certain phenomenon. From things we could never see with the human eye to life forms that have yet to be verified, here are the top 10 things we believe despite a lack of verifiable proof.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

How to Download and Backup Your Brain

Ever wanted to download a copy of your own brain? Say you went through a serious car crash, for example—wouldn't it be nice to take out your damaged brain and replace it with a replica you'd downloaded and stashed away prior to the accident? Or perhaps over time you could even build a collection of brains, each storing different memories, thoughts, and dreams that would equate, in a sense, to different versions of you?

Something like that might come in handy when you're trying to throw off various neuroses, like a fear of asking out hot people or an anxiety about bungee ropes, or a reluctance to believe that scientists could one day pull something like this off.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Psychology's Greatest Advice

We live in a time when psychological advice is offered in many different shapes and sizes. Whether it's Psychology Today, the American Psychological Association's Help Center or your local area's mental health resource center, you can find suggestions for ways to improve your life on a daily basis.

Relationship advice and tips are by far the most sought-after by the public, as judged by the numerous columns on the topic and their high popularity. However, psychology goes well beyond the love department, offering ways to improve everything from your physical proficiency to your ability to manage your budget.

It's perhaps an overly ambitious goal to sum up the greatest psychology advice in one short article, but I'm going to try anyhow. Sifting through the many theories and research findings, there are some basic truths that seem to rise up to the surface. See if you agree that these seven pieces of psychology-based advice deserve recognition as psychology's "greatest":

Saturday, February 01, 2014

You Can Get Placebo Sleep

You're probably aware of the placebo effect—taking a pill of any sort can make a person feel better, even if that pill has no active ingredients. But it turns out that the placebo effect doesn't just work with gel caps. It's possible to get placebo exercise and even placebo sleep.

How to Plant Ideas in Someone's Mind

By Adam Dachis / Source: Lifehacker

If you've ever been convinced by a salesperson that you truly wanted a product, done something too instinctively, or made choices that seemed entirely out of character, then you've had an idea planted in your mind. Here's how it's done.

Before we get started, it's worth noting that planting an idea in someone's mind without them knowing is a form of manipulation. We're not here to judge you, but this is the sort of thing most people consider evil, so you probably shouldn't actually do anything you read here. Instead, use this information to stay sharp.

If you've seen the film Inception, you might think that planting an idea in someone's mind is a difficult thing to do. It's not. It's ridiculously easy and it's tough to avoid. We're going to take a look at some of the ways it can work.