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The Powers of Positive Thought: What Are You Creating?

If thoughts lead to words, words lead to actions, then where do actions lead?

Also, to ask bluntly, where does all that begin? Where do the thoughts come from?

Some call it inspiration or an idea. Thoughts bubble and circulate within the subconscious mind and social circles together share a soup of different thought patterns conceived from individual experience, only then to be selected and directed by each individual to produce words and actions for the collective and/or self.

Those outputs are then recycled into this system further refining in either direction love or fear, or a combination of both in vast and varying aspects. This all being a vast concept that has minimal or maximal effect on just one person as well as scaling levels of social interactions.

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Whether it’s the contemplations of the drug induced hippies from the ‘Summer of Love’, cutting edge findings, or the ancient knowledge from rulers, scholars and conquerors. ‘Spirit Science’ has taken a collection of thoughts/writings/words/actions from many recent and old histories and produced an output via the collective media channels that our kindred use for information absorption. We have all engaged in this discussion, some more than others, but all relevant nonetheless, and all immensely important beyond measure. Continue reading

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Finding Solitude in An Era of Perpetual Contact

Scott Campbell, University of Michigan

Being alone has many benefits. It grants freedom in thought and action. It boosts creativity. It offers a terrain for the imagination to roam. Solitude also enriches our connections with others by providing perspective, which enhances intimacy and fosters empathy.

To be sure, solitude is not always experienced positively. At times, and for certain people, it can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. In that sense, solitude is a two-sided coin, as is the case with other necessities in life, like food. As with food, we can benefit from being mindful of the quantity and quality of solitude we experience in daily life.

This is true of both deliberate solitude and those moments of being alone that are inadvertently stumbled upon. Both varieties of solitude have the capacity to deliver the benefits mentioned above, but the latter may be heading toward the endangered species list, at least for some folks.

In social psychology, solitude has traditionally been defined and measured as being physically alone, or in some cases not engaging with people who are also physically present. Since that foundation was laid, times have changed, as have the possibilities for “being with” others. Continue reading

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The Science of Texting: Why Does Using A Period In A Text Message Make You Sound Insincere Or Angry?

Lauren Collister, University of Pittsburgh

When it comes to texting, the period, full stop, point – whatever you call it – has been getting a lot of attention.

People have begun noticing slight changes to the way our smallest punctuation mark is deployed, from declarations that it’s going out of style to claims that it’s becoming angry.

What they’re actually noticing is written language becoming more flexible, with texting possessing its own set of stylistic norms (sometimes informally called “textspeak” or “textese”).

The period is merely one example of this shift, a change that has opened up new possibilities for communicating with written language. Just as we have different styles of speaking in different situations, so do we have context-dependent styles of writing.

Reading between the periods

Though periods can still signal the end of a sentence in a text message, many users will omit them (especially if the message is only one sentence long). This tendency now subtly influences how we interpret them.

Because text messaging is a conversation that involves a lot of back-and-forth, people add fillers as a way to mimic spoken language. We see this with the increased use of ellipses, which can invite the recipient to continue the conversation. The period is the opposite of that – a definitive stop that signals, as linguistics professor Mark Liberman has explained, “This is final, this is the end of the discussion.”

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Attunement: The Secret to A Good Relationship

To attune is to be or bring into harmony.  On an emotional level, it is a feeling of being “at one” with something.  To conceptualize of attunement, you need to imagine sitting in your car and using your fingers to adjust the radio dial.Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 11.21.26 AM

Assuming that you want to hear the music being played at a specific frequency, such as 98.2 FM, you need to adjust the radio dial so the radio in your car is tuned to 98.2 FM.  As a result, you will hear the music.  In other words, your own radio dial in your car needs to be brought into harmony with or become one with the radio channel you want to receive in order to hear that radio channel.

Attunement doesn’t stop with radio frequencies though.  Ultimately everything in the universe is made up of energy that vibrates.  Everything in existence has a unique frequency and vibration, including people.  To perceive the other person and to understand them,  we need to attune to their special frequency.

That attunement naturally gives rise to empathy.  It allows you to be able to feel or imagine the other person’s emotional experience and to understand what they are feeling .  This in turn is what allows you to know what to do in any given situation to end conflict or improve a situation or to assist someone. Continue reading

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A Fireball Was Seen In Sky On The West Coast and People Are Freaking Out

Social media is lighting up with reports from Nevada, Utah and California of a small fireball streaking across the sky. People were tweeting photos and videos of the small fiery dot in the sky from northern and southern California as well as Nevada and Utah. 

Officials from Nellis Air Force Base in southern Nevada claim that the light seen Wednesday night was actually a meteor breaking up. Dr. Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, claims it may have been a meteor from the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower, which is peaking on Wednesday night. 

Interestingly enough, we have also heard conflicting reports that it may be a Chinese missile that was being tested.

Here is a clip from NowThisNews. What does it look like to you?

(h/t to WFLA News)

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5 Fundamental Life Lessons Everyone Should Learn In This Lifetime

Life seems to be a cycle of falling down and getting up again. A process of gaining knowledge and learning lessons. As humans, we are not built to be perfect. Most of us will even make the same mistake over and over again. Yet we do contain the ability to learn from our mistakes which teaches us how to grow as a person.

Some lessons are more profound than others. These we call life lessons. This type of knowledge is a very valuable package we try to carry with us, always. Yet sometimes, some people tend to forget this and they need to be reminded.

Most of the knowledge of life lessons, is purely to help and inform yourself. Maybe others can benefit from it at some point via you, but primarily this knowledge is there to aid you and only you. Forgetting those will only create more difficulties and probably some negative outcomes along with it.

So, even if it has only the slightest chance to make life just a tiny bit easier, then it’s worth it. For your own sake then, rather do not forget these 5 life lessons ever again.

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There is a reason why this saying is being repeated so often, it has a lot of truth to it. You are the director of your own life. That is the part people often tend to forget.

Not everything is within our own control, some people would rather focus on the things they can’t control than the things they can, such as their own actions. Setting yourself in a victim role and blaming the whole world for the position you are in, seems to be an easy option. Continue reading

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