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4 Uncomfortable Changes That Happen When You’re On Your True Path

When you’ve worked hard enough to find your path, you’ll find yourself in a ‘cloud nine’ feeling. All that work and perseverance has payed off! You finally can see that glimmering light at the end of your tunnel. Enjoy this feeling, share it with the people you love. Make full use of this feeling of empowerment and faith in yourself. Do not stand around waiting for the other shoe to drop or for the shit to hit the fan as it were. More obstacles are bound to fall in your path so please, please, please congratulate yourself. This feeling, like all things will not last.

Granted you have been bold enough to find and open the door to your next chapter, but now your goals have the addendum of not falling off. You have new resources and better practices then you may have ever experienced. This spiritual ‘rising through the ranks’ means you will now face elements you have no precedent with. Emotions that used to be a simmer now a roaring bubble. People turning to you for support like never before. The list is endless.

Uncertainty

What happened? Just a moment ago the world was at your finger tips! Are you really doing what you want? Will your actions carry the intended effect? You’ve dealt with uncertainty in the past but now it’s different. You may be fearful that you’ve wasted all this energy and time for something that you no longer desire.

Have no fear. We are naturally always on the hunt for our happiness. Happiness is something every person has the ability to recognize. Focus on the here and now. Thank yourself for having the insight and discipline to get as far as you did. I believe that all experience is only a waste if we choose to view it as such.

Insomnia

Welcome to the dark side of success. Everyone talks about how bad the days can get but no one mentions the agony of the endless evening sent alone. Day break is on it’s way, so stay strong. Those thoughts in your head seem to be invigorated by the night sky.

All the tasks you never finished send their harshest reminders in the dead of night. Build a plan to handle what you need to. Breathe. Occupy your mind with books, movies, or mediation. Make a snack. The most important thing is that you spend as little energy as possible, you still have things to do tomorrow.

Social Polarities

You’ll find yourself in different and new social situations. You seem to be surrounded by people or alone. People flock to you to share in the strong, positive and productive energies you radiate out. To get anything done you strike out alone. This flux of social attentions is dizzying.

You will need to set new boundaries on many different levels. As your priorities change so to do you. What was acceptable or fun two months ago may no longer fit into your plan. As you set these new parameters be aware of people’s feelings and tread carefully. There is no need to burn bridges.

Keeping the Balance Productive

Your life has been given new-found energy, momentum, and influence. Tread with care and mind the gap. It’s easy to let your professional life over shadow your personal, your spiritual taking precedent over the physical. Remember you are part of a community, lean on others when you need to. Be as alert as you can for hang ups and obstacles. You are moving faster than you ever have, these problems will build like none before.

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Science Backs Mind Over Matter In The Brain’s Healing Potential

The brain is arguably one of the most powerful tools available for human use. Its only limitations are the ones we consciously put on it or what we can’t conceive readily. Over the years many powers and super natural abilities have been stipulated as potentially inherent to any individual’s mind. As we become a better connected and open to possibilities, scientists has begun to explore the validity of each. One of these super abilities is a person’s ability to use their brain to guide and accelerate physical .

To be clear we aren’t talking about Reiki or chakra channeling or crystal based energy displacement. Self executed and self reliant ability to direct or speed up the body’s natural ability to heal itself. This is normally achieved through varying forms of meditative trances. There is a form of this ‘self healing’ practiced in most cultures around the world, through out the ages.

Reccently scientists have taken an interest in the  possibilities of these once thought myths. The video below has Lissa Rankin speaking at a TEDtalk about the known reality of self accelerated healing. The medical profession is baffled and a little intimidated of the truth  and applications of this procedure.

The only real way to test and prove this theory is with placebos. Placebos are sugar pills that are given to experiment participants.. They participants are told that the pills have certain effects, though in fact the most they could do give the person a slight sugar rush. 3,500 people with different diseases were given placebos to test the mindful healing theory. The results were all participants were healed or symptoms were improved.

In 1957, the Journal of Projective Techniques published a paper detailing an experiment in which a gentleman was given a placebo. He was told the pill was a wonder drug that would cure his cancer. After taking the pill his tumors shrank tremendously. They revealed that he had taken nothing more than suger pills and his tumors returned to the same size. They gave him another placebo and told him that the new pill was really the wonder drug. Again histumors shrank, this time to half their original size. Radio broadcasts reported that all versions of the drug he had belived to have been taking were worthless and extremely ineffective. He died the next day.

The power of intention is clear and has been proven in many unscientific arenas. Patients with terminal diseases don’t last very long if there is no family or support structure. The American Psychological Association has shown that most antidepressant are not any more effective than the placebos used to substantiate the double blind studies used to test them. Mind over matter is a hard theory to quantify but the evidence is mounting to prove that the main thing holding us back is ourselves.

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20 Mind Expanding Quotes From Dr. Carl Jung

Doctor Carl Jung was a revolutionary Swiss psychiatrist, from the early 1900′s  who founded the field of analytical psychology. While mainly  noted for -his work as a pioneering psychiatrist, he was well rounded, forward thinking student of philosophy, anthropology, archaeology, literature and religious practices. He was a very talented writer as well, though many of his works were not published until after his death. The new branch of psychiatry he developed is still practiced to this day. It focuses on the importance of the individual psyche and the personal quest for for ‘wholeness’. In the process of developing analytic psychiatry he branded concepts such as the archetype, the collective unconscious, (a) complex and extroversion vs introversion.

Dr. Jung was concerned with individual development in relation to society. He developed the now common place concepts used to describe different personalities and their make up. Personal growth had priority of his studies that he sought to quantify and qualify. He realized that, when talking about such personal elements of life, they were very subjective. By studying people as individuals he sought to make the human experience less mysterious. He wanted to make it easier for people to relate to one another.

One way Dr. Jung sought to bridge the gaps between people, was with the term ‘archetypes’. It can be used  to bridge many abstract elements to each other or ground them to  real world issues or culture. Archetype is a very typical example of a person, place, thing or situation. It can also refer to an original work that has been imitated or refer to a recurring symbol or motif in literature, art or mythology. By explaining these very abstract concepts in plain and easy to understand terms, Dr. Jung was a forward thinking man. Many philosophers, doctors, scientists and politians have used the platform Dr. Jung created to build on.

25 OF THE MOST THOUGHT PROVOKING CARL JUNG QUOTES

1. There is no coming to consciousness without pain.

2. The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

3. The word ‘happiness’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.

4. In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.

5. The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.

6. A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.

7. It is a fact that cannot be denied: the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness because it kindles something evil in our own hearts.

8. Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

9. Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.

10. It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.

11. Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.

12. The collective unconscious consists of the sum of the instincts and their correlates, the archetypes. Just as everybody possesses instincts, so he also possesses a stock of archetypal images.

13. Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. Why should I henceforth not love my dreams and not make their riddling images into objects of my daily consideration?

14. The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown.

15. Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.

16. For a young person, it is almost a sin, or at least a danger, to be too preoccupied with himself; but for the ageing person, it is a duty and a necessity to devote serious attention to himself

17. Understanding does not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with a comprehensible darkness.

18. Our heart glows, and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being. Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us.

19. All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.

20. Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.

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How This Tibetan Monk Became The ‘World’s Happiest Man’

Matthieu Ricard is a Tibetan monk with the title of the ‘worlds’s happiest man’. The 69 year old media icon got this title from the University of Wisconsin’s neurology department. Ricard participated in a 12 year study of meditation and compassion. This research pertains specifically to a field known as neuroplasticity; an umbrella term for changes of the brain over the course of an organisms life. This field is attempting to show that the brain can undergo continual and permanent changes through conscious and unconscious means.

Over the course of 12 years, 265 sensors were placed on the heads of hundreds of participants. While the sensors were attached scientists had subjects interacting with stimuli and meditating. In their free time with out the sensors attached they were instructed to practice meditation for 15-20 minutes a day. All the participants showed marked increase in the areas of the brain pertaining to empathy, positivity and general cognitive abilities such as learning abilities, focus and memory.

Ricard’s brain scans showed the most impressive results. His brain, while meditating showed production of gamma waves at levels, ‘never before reported in the neuroscience literature’.  Scans also indicated an excessive amount of activity in his left prefrontal cortex when compared to his right counter part. Researchers surmise that this difference is a  physical indication of the capacity for happiness and the negation of negative emotions. Ricard’s was shown to be much higher than any other subject tested for this in this manner.

The experiment showed that long time practitioners had permanently modified their brains to be better geared for happiness and compassion but even people who were not ‘consistent practitioners showed massive increases in joy, focus and compassion.

After the university claimed him to be happiest man in the world the internet ran with the title. Riccard tours the world giving dharma talks on the benefits and applications of meditation. He uses the publicity handed to him in a very productive manner. His talks have similar themes no matter who he speaking to.  Long time practitioners and new comers alike can benefit greatly from his points of interest.

Stop thinking ‘me, me, me’

If your meditative practice is centered around you it is bound to not succeed. The broader the focus, the more benefits you will reap. There is a line of thought in mountain biking that if you can’t stop yourself from focusing on the rock you want to avoid then you will eventually hit it. Even if your every thought about the rock is bent on avoiding it, you are building the negative potentials up.

You are pouring energy into the problem instead of the path. A productive way of looking at this example is to not make the obstacles a prevailing element. Think instead of the journey, the grit of the path, the breeze that is cooling you. There is so much else going on in your ride, it would be a shame if all you focused on was rocks.

“If your mind is filled with benevolence, you know — the passion and solidarity … this is a very healthy state of mind that is conducive to flourishing,” Ricard says. “So you, yourself, are in a much better mental state. Your body will be healthier, so [it] has been shown. And also, people will perceive it as something nice.”

Start Training Your Mind Now And At All Times

Ricard points out the infinity that is your mind. There is unlimited potential for both productive and unproductive thoughts.  For instance, your mind has the tendency to focus on the negative or unchangeable aspects of your life. These elements are troubling and always effecting us and our plans in ways we’d rather it not. The brain will fatigue or injure itself in trying to sort them out. There is nothing to sort out though, something that is beyond our control is beyond our control so that energy would be better spent elsewhere.

The mind has to be trained like any other muscle we have. It needs to be trained to not react full force at every stimuli we encounter. Learning how to consciously redirect energy and focus is difficult. Just like physical training methods you need simply start where you are. Build on what you have not what you want. Keep your goal in mind and find that push.

15 to twenty minutes a day of seated mediation is a tall order. Society encourages multitasking on ridiculous levels. This is one of those ultimately fatiguing exercises. Prioritize your time and start with five minutes a day. If you have to take breaks then do so. Stand up, stretch, laugh go for a walk but get an accumulative time set that you force yourself to reach every day. This is how Ricard started and now he’s the world’s happiest man. The method works so give it a try.

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11 Incredible Things Kids Told Their Parents About Their Past Lives

Kids say some pretty bizarre and insightful stuff sometimes. Other times they are just hard to understand or outright creepy. I wrote an article about a kid overseas that found his pasts life’s killer, body and murder weapon. It got me thinking about other instances where very young children were able to know things from their past life.

Below are my summaries of some of some of the more interesting or creepy stories revolving around this concept. They scary stories get better with every retelling. Whats the most startling his how these stories start around the age of two to three. Whether your bag is reincarnation, spirits, or something more deeply personal, I guarantee these stories are going to entertain!

“And This One is Mine”

There was a little boy around two or three years old. He used get upset when people called him by his name. He would yell out that his name was Austin. Once, while picnicking in a park the kid bolted off with no patience for explanation. His brother and Father gave chase, finally catching up to him in a cemetery. The kid had uncovered an headstone that simply read, ‘Here Lies Austin’.

“We Avoid Firefighters”

A family lived in the city and was used to seeing various emergency vehicle flitting by. The youngest boy,one day after seeing a firetruck passing by, he recounted that, ‘used to be a firefighter, and we got called to a fire. There wasn’t any family inside the house, so we just put the fire out. Then the fire truck caught on fire and I died’.

He later elaborated that he died in the hospital.

“I Love My Grandmother”

A woman was listening to her son describe a daily visitor that made no sense. He said his great grandmother comes and keeps him company while he plays. He could with impeccable details describe her mannerisms, the cigarettes she smoked, and how she looked. His great grandmother died 11 days before he was born, and no one had ever reported anything out of the ordinary.

“My Real Mommy And Daddy Died”

A two to three year old was persistent in her argument that her parents weren’t really her parents. The argument was so important that she neglected her ice cream to pursue the truth. Her grandmother would argue just as passionately that they were in fact her birth parents. The little girl finally stated that her real parents were killed when the bad men came. The past mother had hid her child behind some rocks. The ‘white men with guns’ had come to specifically to kill the ‘dark people with dark hair’.

“I Don’t Like Drowning”

A young lady was cited as saying she knew that she was safe with her mother. Mollified the mother asked why. The little girl replied that because my last mommy saved me from drowning. Her old mommy had died in the process but the little girl was still grateful.

“No Wins In War”

One young man would frequently draw pictures of various scenery. As he would draw with his crayons, he would mutter and sometimes yell out, ‘heavy fire, zip em boys, where are the hueys’. There would be helicopter and men dying. He looked up and pointed out his friends.

“That’s Why I Don’t Like Water Now”

Two brothers were watching a Titanic movie documentary. The younger brother pointed and said that’s all wrong, the boilers were on the other side. He pointed again saying, I stood there when it happened. He looked to his older brother and affirmed,’ that’s why I don’t like water now.’

“My Family’s Farm Was Burning”

A little girl kept having wildly vivid dreams and repeated dreams. When she was very young she would dream of being a teenager in colonial times. Her home and farm were lit on fire in the night. One day they stopped and she hasn’t dreamed since.

“Nobody Scroofs Me There”

One night after her bath, a pair of parents were telling their daughter about the the importance of keeping her privates clean. The two and a half year old giggled and replied,’ No body scrooofs me there! They tried one night when they kicked in my door. I fought back so they killed me. Now I’m here.’

“Please Get Them To Stop Screaming”

Around midnight a ten year old sister comes into her big brother’s room. She said she was scared and sad. The brother asked what was wrong. she said through teary eye, ‘I watched your sons burn up in the fire. Their screams are keeping me up.’

“This Was Fun”

A three year old boy looks to is father giggling out,’ Do you remember when you were the little boy and I was the grown up?’

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What To Expect With The New Moon In Aquarius

Not every chapter of life follows the Gregorian calendar. We are about to enter into the Chinese New Year (February 22nd) which hails the beginning of the monkey’s time to shine. A new moon phase of the sign of Aquarius is also starting up.

Blessings upon those who fit into both categories! The New Moon will rise on  February 8th and when it does it will bring forth fertile energies for adventure, imagination, innovation, diversity and general well being. This period will also be strife with high emotions, volatile reactions and high tensions. So keep your head on straight and inn the right stratosphere.

The Mercury Retrograde period is finally over. Those communicative break downs and general mistakes for the past month or so, are a thing of the past. The time after the Mercury faux pas is a time of of forward momentum. So any projects you’ve been putting off were because you were waiting for the right time right?

Aquarian Energy In The New Cycle

Aquarius is an intellectual sign that enjoys social networking. This new moon emphasizes and brings new light to your strengths. Collaborations, networking, and relationships will be presenting themselves to you this new cycle.

While it is the sign of Aquarius, everyone will be getting a boost of Aquarian magic. You may find yourself integrating well in new situations and finding great applications for solutions you never thought of. Utilize this time to reaffirm bonds with the people you care about or those you wish to reach out to.

The New Moon Finds Tension With Mars In Scorpio

Mars in Scorpio can be a rough but dynamic aspect in this new moon. There will be strong forces is the air as these planets interact. On one side you’ll have tension, conflict, manipulation, drama and intense emotional content. On the other side, Mar’s side, there will be encouragement, reward, determination and obstacles to be overcome.

Many people will be using the energies of this cycle to their advantage. It’ll be up to you to make your stand and perceive whats going on. This time has many riches but you’ll have to navigate the desires of others to claim your prize.

Some Intention Ideas

Setting intention is one of the most powerful mindfulness exercises I’m aware of. With so much to gain in this rich time of improvement, communication, and interconnection; I’d hazard an intention to return to. Take a moment to sit comfortably and breathe. First smile at yourself for taking this time to take care of yourself. Breathe in the anticipation and out the excitement. Breathe in expectation and out unhealthy desire. Note your strengths and weaknesses. Smile to both, remembering you are more than the sum of either.

Now set your intention. I’d recommend something simple, easy to remember and with out expectation. Mine is, ‘To do my best to encourage myself and those around me to happier means’. Simple right? I choose this to spread the focus from just me, to include my community who I love and is suffering right now. You can change your intention at any time for any reason so have fun with it. And go!

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