Tuesday, 03. March 2015
The International Survivalist Society: SurvivalAfterDeath - ist nicht mehr

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An interesting article I've found this week: To those who are unfamiliar with the procedure of an ordinary séance with a medium it might be interesting to give an account of what might be usually expected to happen.

The Technique of a Séance (English)


Here you will find more articles about Mediumship & PSI.
Besides the articles this website has a lot of interesting reading for those who wish to learn and know more: Biographies about researchers and mediums, photographs and a lot of online books at the library. Really an outstanding Internet resource about Parapsychology and Psychical Research.

The beginning of the biography of Florence Cook, famous medium (1856-1904):

The story of her mediumship opens in 1871. She had seen spirits and heard voices in her childhood but this was put down to vivid imagination. When she was 15 years of age at a tea party with friends table-turning was proposed.

She refused to participate, but the second time, with her mother's permission, consented to the experiment. Extraordinary things happened. The table became unmanageable and Miss Cook was levitated. Next she and her mother began to sit at home by themselves. Miss Cook's hand began to write. A message came through in mirror writing that she should go to a certain bookseller and there inquire about the Dalston Association as a meeting would take place in a few days and there she would be able to make the acquaintance of the editor of The Spiritualist. For some time afterwards she gave séances for the Dalston society.

More here at her biography. (English)

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Florence Cook


SurvivalAfterDeath was started by Thomas Jones of Wales and David Duffield of West Virginia on April 11th 2002 with the aim of publishing articles, books and photographs relating to survival after death and psychical research. We are an independent group which regularly cooperates with several distinguished psychical researchers and parapsychologists.

The International Survivalist Society - SurvivalAfterDeath - News and articles on Mediumship, Psi and Survival every week. (English)
Category: Para & PSI | Prophecies & Mediums |




Wednesday, 25. February 2015
Learning the Tarot

Joan Bunning , «Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners»
ISBN 1578630487 | PDF 1,75 Mb | 336 Pages


“ This is a 336 page PDF book on learning the art of reading the Tarot.
It is illustrated with the Rider-Waite deck (but can be used for any general deck) and offers shuffling methods, step by step proceedures for reading, individual card meanings, charts for comparison of cards, sample readings and much more.
It is composed of 19 individual lessons, followed by general exercises to help you become proficient in the art and suggestions relating to the exercises by the author.
It also includes the keywords for each card and charts to analyze the meanings of near and adjacent card positions as well as methods for two different spreads, The Celtic Cross and The Yin-Yang.
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Celtic and Old Norse Designs

Celtic and Old Norse Designs (Dover Pictorial Archive Series) by Courtney Davis (Author)
Publisher: Dover Publications (September 8, 2000) | ISBN-10: 0486412296 | PDF | 6,1 Mb | 48 pages

For artists, designers and craftworkers — 125 royalty-free designs depicting birds, human figures, mythological creatures, interwoven patterns and more, all meticulously adapted from centuries-old rune stones, religious symbols, furniture, manuscripts, sword hilts, cooking utensils, and other artifacts. A wealth of dramatic ornamentation in a practical and inexpensive sourcebook.
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Celtic vector design

Celtic vector design
EPS, PNG | 1.5 MB
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Celtic Mythology

Catherine Bernard , Celtic Mythology
Enslow Publishers | ISBN 0766022048 | 2003 | PDF | 3.5 MB | 105 pages

Celtic myths and legends were not first transcribed to manuscript form until the early Christian period. However, the people setting the stories down were Christian monks. The monks, of course, had their own agenda for Britain— to convert the Celts from paganism. Many of the original pagan elements in Celtic myths were either deleted or rewritten with a Christianized slant.
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Monday, 12. January 2015
B.K.S. Iyengar, The Illustrated Light on Yoga

B. K. S. Iyengar's classic book 'The Illustrated Light on Yoga' is a comprehensive introduction to yoga with detailed descriptions of over 200 postures (asanas) and 14 breathing exercises (pranayamas). The book introduces 57 key asanas and provides a brief summary of pranayama. The book is illustrated throughout with photographs positioned in the relevant part of the text. The student can, therefore, practise a posture without the aid of a teacher.

Foreword by Yehudi Menuhin.

B.K.S. Iyengar, The Illustrated Light on Yoga (PDF | 12.8 MB | 179 pages), pulished by Harper Collins, 1993.

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Unlike other yoga books, this one offers both practical and spiritual knowledge to get a body relaxed and on the right path. If you are interested in exploring the mental and physical discipline of yoga, read it!

Related Entries:
1938 Practice with B.K.S. Iyengar and Krishnamacharya (Videos)
3 Gurus, 48 Questions
Category: Books & Magazines | Yoga & Fitness |


Saturday, 10. January 2015
Yoga Basics

Yoga is not a religion but a spiritual practice or Sadhana, which does not require any specific belief system to participate. The philosophies of yoga are universal and can be incorporated within any belief system.

What we commonly call yoga in the west is technically Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga (ha="sun" tha="moon") attains the union of mind-body-spirit though a practice of asana (yoga postures), pranayama (yoga breathing), mudra (body gestures) and shatkarma (internal cleansings). These body centered practices are used to purify the body and cultivate prana and activate kundalini, the subtle energies of the body. Modern Hatha Yoga does not emphasize many of these esoteric practices and focuses primarily on the yoga postures.


Types of Yoga

The science of yoga has developed a vast amount of techniques which all lead to the same point of unification of the mind-body-spirit.

Karma Yoga: the way of right action, serving without the motivation of obtaining the results of labor.

Bhakti Yoga: the way of devotion, devotion to a supreme being absorbing the emotions and self in pure love.

Jnana Yoga: the way of knowledge, studying god and learning to discriminate between illusion and the reality that all is god.

Hatha Yoga: the physical path, using the body through asana and pranayama to control the mind and senses.

Tantric Yoga: the feminine path, worshiping the goddess energy and seeing the body as the temple of the divine.

Kundalini Yoga: the path of energy, arousing the energy stored in the chakras through breathing and movement.

Raja Yoga: the path of meditation, controlling the mind from wandering and obtaining mastery over thought.



Yoga Basics - online guide to the practice of yoga, pranayama, postures, poses, asana, breathing and meditation
Some parts need a membership, but the most is free. Check also the articles.
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Tuesday, 06. January 2015
Training Methods of 72 Arts of Shaolin

e-mail vom 15.8.08: PDF AUF SERVER MIT _ UMBENANNT

Dear Sirs,
The following materials are subject to a copyright and are not allowed for distribution without permission of the possessor of the rights:
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(Title: Training Methods of 72 Arts of Shaolin, Author : Jin Jing Zhong, Andrew Timofeevich, Publisher: http://www.kungfulibrary.com , 2004)
All the rights on the above materials belong to Shaolin Kung Fu OnLine Library ( http://www.kungfulibrary.com )
In connection with the above please delete the above-mentioned file from your site.

Sincerely,
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This book is devoted to the most enigmatic and little-known aspect of training of Shaolin monks.

The book was written in 1934 with blessing and direct participation of the Head of the Shaolin Monastery Reverend Miao Xing nicknamed "The Golden Arhat", one of the best Shaolin fighters of all times.

The book describes full training methods in all 72 Shaolin Arts. Being until recently for outsiders the most secret part of training of Shaolin monks, which made them invulnerable in fight, 72 Shaolin Arts at the present time become available to all who are ready to practice them persistently and with an open heart. Training methods described in the book allow to develop supernatural abilities, far beyond abilities of an ordinary man. The book has been translated from the Chinese language for the first time.

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Training Methods of 72 Arts of Shaolin by Jin Jing Zhong.
No Offical Publisher | 1934 | PDF | 236 Pages | 6MB
Todays Publisher Shaolin Kung Fu OnLine Library, 2004


Maybe there is not "secret" Kungfu knowledge ... just hard work ...

Category: Books & Magazines | Martial Arts & Combat |


Saturday, 13. February 2010
The Origins Of Myths And Superstitions

TimelessMyths was formed to offer a unique reference point on old urban myths, legends & tales.

Ancient gods, elusive monsters, bad luck and roach eggs in envelope glue; what do all of these things have in common? All of them have a basis in stories that are part myth, part legend, and in some cases part truth. Another thing they have in common is that they are all covered on this site, appropriately named TimelessMyths.

Each article on TimelessMyths takes a topic under the heading of God & Goddesses, Myths, Old Wives Tales, Superstitions or Urban Legends, and covers it in detail. The topic's explanation (what it is people believe about it or what history tells us about it), the origin behind it and, in some cases like the Urban Legends, discusses whether or not there is any truth to it.

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Why is a black cat crossing your path considered bad luck - or is it? (Hint: it depends on what country you are in!) Who were the Titans, and why were the Greek Gods such a pain in their side? Was King Arthur a real person? Is there anything to the stories of tourists in South America waking up in a bathtub full of ice, minus one kidney? All of these topics and many, many more are here for your delight.

Take a quick tour down ancient mythical streets on your tea break, or spend an afternoon collecting stories for the next time you need an icebreaker at a party.


Old Urban Myths, Legends & Tales at Timeless Myths
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Thursday, 07. January 2010
The Real El Dorado?

Satellite technology detects giant mounds over 155 miles, pointing to sophisticated pre-Columbian culture.

It is the legend that drew legions of explorers and adventurers to their deaths: an ancient empire of citadels and treasure hidden deep in the Amazon jungle.

Spanish conquistadores ventured into the rainforest seeking fortune, followed over the centuries by others convinced they would find a lost civilisation to rival the Aztecs and Incas.

Some seekers called it El Dorado, others the City of Z. But the jungle swallowed them and nothing was found, prompting the rest of the world to call it a myth. The Amazon was too inhospitable, said 20th century scholars, to permit large human settlements.

Now, however, the doomed dreamers have been proved right: there was a great civilisation. New satellite imagery and fly-overs have revealed more than 200 huge geometric earthworks carved in the upper Amazon basin near Brazil's border with Bolivia.


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An aerial picture of traces of earthworks built by a lost Amazonian civilisation dating to 200AD. Photograph: National Geographic


Spanning 155 miles, the circles, squares and other geometric shapes form a network of avenues, ditches and enclosures built long before Christopher Columbus set foot in the new world. Some date to as early as 200 AD, others to 1283.

Scientists who have mapped the earthworks believe there may be another 2,000 structures beneath the jungle canopy, vestiges of vanished societies.

The structures, many of which have been revealed by the clearance of forest for agriculture, point to a "sophisticated pre-Columbian monument-building society", says the journal Antiquity, which has published the research.
(Direct Link to the pdf. It has photos of different sites, and a number of maps and diagrams.)

The article adds: "This hitherto unknown people constructed earthworks of precise geometric plan connected by straight orthogonal roads. The 'geoglyph culture' stretches over a region more than 250km across, and exploits both the floodplains and the uplands … we have so far seen no more than a tenth of it."

The structures were created by a network of trenches about 36ft (nearly 11 metres) wide and several feet deep, lined by banks up to 3ft high. Some were ringed by low mounds containing ceramics, charcoal and stone tools. It is thought they were used for fortifications, homes and ceremonies, and could have maintained a population of 60,000 – more people than in many medieval European cities.

The discoveries have demolished ideas that soils in the upper Amazon were too poor to support extensive agriculture, says Denise Schaan, a co-author of the study and anthropologist at the Federal University of Pará, in Belém, Brazil. She told National Geographic: "We found this picture is wrong. And there is a lot more to discover in these places, it's never-ending. Every week we find new structures."

Many of the mounds were symmetrical and slanted to the north, prompting theories that they had astronomical significance.


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Aerial photograph and plan of the Fazenda Colorada site.
Photograph by Sanna Saunaluoma.



Researchers were especially surprised that earthworks in floodplains and uplands were of a similar style, suggesting they were all built by the same culture.

"In Amazonian archaeology you always have this idea that you find different peoples in different ecosystems," said Schaan. "So it was odd to have a culture that would take advantage of different ecosystems and expand over such a large region." The first geometric shapes were spotted in 1999 but it is only now, as satellite imagery and felling reveal sites, that the scale of the settlements is becoming clear. Some anthropologists say the feat, requiring sophisticated engineering, canals and roads, rivals Egypt's pyramids.

The findings follow separate discoveries further south, in the Xingu region, of interconnected villages known as "garden cities". Dating between 800 and 1600, they included houses, moats and palisades.

"These revelations are exploding our perceptions of what the Americas really looked liked before the arrival of Christopher Columbus," said David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z, a book about an attempt in the 1920s to find signs of Amazonian civilizations. "The discoveries are challenging long-held assumptions about the Amazon as a Hobbesian place where only small primitive tribes could ever have existed, and about the limits the environment placed on the rise of early civilisations."

They are also vindicating, said Grann, Percy Fawcett, the explorer who partly inspired Conan Doyle's book The Lost World. Fawcett led an expedition to find the City of Z but the party vanished, bequeathing a mystery.

Many scientists saw the jungle as too harsh to sustain anything but small nomadic tribes. Now it seems the conquistadores who spoke of "cities that glistened in white" were telling the truth. They, however, probably also introduced the diseases that wiped out the native people, leaving the jungle to claim – and hide – all trace of their civilisation.

• This article was amended on Wednesday 6 January 2010. Percy Fawcett's experiences in the Amazon were said to have partly inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's book The Lost World, but Fawcett's disappearance did not, contrary to a suggestion in the original article - he vanished after the book was published. This has been corrected.

Source: Amazon explorers uncover signs of a real El Dorado by The Guardian


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The scene depicted in this ancient artwork, on display at the Gold Museum in Bogota, Colombia, shows the origin of the El Dorado myth. Legend tells of a Muisca king who would cover himself in gold dust during festivals, then dive from a raft into Lake Guatavita. Tales of El Dorado, or the "Golden Man," reached Spanish conquistadors around 1530. As attempts to locate him came up short, the legend blossomed into myths of an entire city made of gold.

Photograph by Mauricio Duenas/AFP/Getty Images



See also:
Precolumbian Golden Boat - Famous golden figure based on El Dorado rite (housed in the Gold Museum at Bogotá, Colombia)
El Dorado Legend Snared Sir Walter Raleigh by National Geographic
The Legend of 'El Dorado' by Tairona Heritage Trust
Category: Myths & Sagas | News & Stories |


Tuesday, 11. November 2008
Inner & Outer Harmony

Beautiful nature scenes from around the world, accompanied by quotes from spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) on peace, harmony and meditation. Jump into the sea of tranquility, experience your inner wealth and enjoy Mother Nature! Narration by Kaivalya Torpy from England. Produced by kedarvideo, Switzerland. Length: 17:30 min.


Category: Meditation & Mind |


UFO Disclosure: Million Fax on Washington

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Obama's election as U.S. President heralds change for many Americans, but will this include changing the veil of secrecy and disinformation on UFOs and extraterrestrial visitation with transparency?

Purpose for the Million Fax on Washington:
Formal acknowledgement of an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race - Disclosure - is close at hand and already under consideration by elements within the United States Government. But it is not a fait accompli. It could be withheld due to events or loss of political will. It is critical the American people act in concert now to help close the deal. There has never been a more profound opportunity for you to make a difference and change the course of history.

How You Can Do It:
Between November 5, 2008 and January 20, 2009 - seventy-seven days - send a letter, fax and/or email to the senatorial office and transition headquarters of the President Elect Barack Obama calling for the next administration to end the Truth Embargo regarding an extraterrestrial presence and release as much relevant information to the American people as possible within reasonable constraints of national security. You won't be alone. The goal is one million.

Letters are best (all are opened, all are read), Faxes are next best ( but there is only so much fax receiving capacity), Emails are better than nothing.


Million Fax on Washington

It's the initiative of the Paradigm Research Group, established in 1996 by political activist and consultant Stephen Bassett.

Important: Please notify Paradigm Research Group (PRG at paradigmresearchgroup dot org) when you send a letter/fax/email to the President Elect. This will help PRG to generate media interest in this effort.
Category: Ufo's & Aliens |


Bill Homann - Journeys with the Crystal Skull

There are a number of known crystal skulls in existence, but of these the Mitchell-Hedges skull is unique in its extraordinary craftsmanship. It has been studied by both scientists and psychics with no conclusive proof as to how old it is or even how it could possibly have been crafted from a single large crystal. Many, including Bill Homann, believe it to be a relic from Atlantean times, and the story he tells of what occurred when it was reunited with the Crystal Orb (recovered from a cavity in an undersea pyramid in 1970) is highly intriguing.


Bill Homann - Journeys with the Crystal Skull, 22 minutes




Related entries:
Anna Mitchell-Hedges and her enigmatic Crystal Skull
Free E-book on Crystal Skulls
Category: Movies & TV | Mysteries & Enigmas | New Legends & Claims |


Crop Circles Greetings

Have a look at this exclusive footage of a flying saucer creating a crop circle.

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Google Maps greeting site MapMsg has a cool feature - custom crop circles! You can draw your circle anywhere on the globe that you like.
Category: Games & Humor |


Friday, 31. October 2008
Did Aliens Build the Pyramids?

Jason Martell on the Discovery Channel discussing if the aliens and ET built the pyramid and other ancient structures, for which there is no scientific explanation. You know those big stone structures out in Egypt? The ones which were supposedly built to house the remains of dead pharaohs??? The ones you thought were built by the Egyptians? Well, you are probably wrong ...

There are a few nagging questions, like why do they seem to appear out of the blue around the same time? How did the Giza Pyramids attain alignment with true North with an accuracy within 1/10 of a degree?

Journey deep into the ancient world of Egyptian Pyramids, Stonehenge, Balbek in Lebanon and the giant heads of Easter Island. Was extraterrestrial technology handed down to primitive man thousands of years ago to build these massive structures? If you are a strong sceptic, it might put a small doubt in your mind.


From the 'World's Strangest UFO Stories' series:
Did Aliens Build the Pyramids? by Discovery Channel, 2006
Duration: 43 minutes


Category: Movies & TV | Ufo's & Aliens |


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