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Tuesday, 31. July 2007
The Golden Sayings Of Epictetus
Epictetus (pronounced Epic-TEE-tus) was an exponent of Stoicism who flourished in the early second century C.E. about four hundred years after the Stoic school of Zeno of Citium was established in Athens. He lived and worked, first as a student in Rome, and then as a teacher with his own school in Nicopolis in Greece. Our knowledge of his philosophy and his method as a teacher comes to us via two works composed by his student Arrian, the Discourses and the Handbook.
Find out more about Epictetus (c.55 - c.135 C.E.)
by The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Of the things which are in our Power, and not in our Power
Work, therefore to be able to say to every harsh appearance, "You are but an appearance, and not absolutely the thing you appear to be." And then examine it by those rules which you have, and first, and chiefly, by this: whether it concerns the things which are in our own control, or those which are not; and, if it concerns anything not in our control, be prepared to say that it is nothing to you.
There are several translations of the Handbook available online:
The Enchiridion by Epictetus, translated by Elizabeth Carter.
Epictetus Enchiridion or Handbook. Translated by Thomas Wentworth Higginson.
First published 1865.
The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Golden Sayings of Epictetus, by Epictetus.
Translated and Arranged by Hastings Crossley.
The Discourses by Epictetus, 101 AD.
Translated by George Long. (Long translation)
Epictetus’ Discourses, Handbook and Fragments
(Long translation, including original notes)
Was in unserer Macht steht und was nicht
Bemühe dich daher, jedem unangenehmen Gedanken damit zu begegnen, daß du sagst: "Du bist nicht das, was du zu sein scheinst (etwas Reelles), sondern bloß ein Gedankending (eine Einbildung)."
Projekt Gutenberg: Handbüchlein der Moral, Epiktet.
Übersetzt von C. Hilty, 1833-1909.
Epiktet: Handbuch der Moral. Übersetzt von Rainer Nickel.
Monday, 30. July 2007
Kinkaku-Ji is a branch temple of Shokoku-ji
See also: Shrines, Temples and Monuments of Japan, also World Heritage.
Sunday, 29. July 2007
5th Dimension - Ghosts
Are there such things as demons, ghosts or the devil? Following circumstantial research and in cooperation with top-calibre scholars, this film sheds light upon, unmasks and takes the magic from centuries-old superstition and also reports on breathtaking, super sensory experiences. It also shows if, and where, things that cannot be explained really do exist?
will enjoy this movie! Duration 50 minutes.
For more see the category Ghosts & Spirits.
Saturday, 28. July 2007
Techniques of Modern Shamanism
Techniques of Modern Shamanism Trilogy by Phil Hine:
This book is a collection of practical exercises, the aim of which is to enhance awareness of the world around us. The first part of this book deals with basic sensory exercises, while the second half deals with trance states, and some of the basic group dynamics involved in helping other people into them. Using these techniques will not make you a ‘shaman/shamanka’, but they are drawing on the shamanic outlook - which depends from an enhanced awareness of our environment, and the ability to mediate between the everyday, and the sacred aspects of our experience. “Walking between the Worlds” requires that we learn to extend our perceptions from the ordinary, to see the extra-ordinary which lies within it ...
Vol I. - Walking between the worlds (PDF, 44 pages)
The Mythic World: This is the realm of metaphor and symbol; the larger-thanlifeworld of theatre, fantasy, legend and television culture. In ev-ery era, stories & legends have provided a mythic reflection ofour hopes, fears & aspirations. Our ancestors had the deeds ofheroes & goddesses, while we have the daily diet of film andtelevision soaps. This is the world where magick is perhaps atits most obvious, in which the shaman stands as a mythic fig-ure, interceding between personal visions and social cohesion,between the worlds of spirits and gods, and the people forwhom those spirits are a reality, yet remain mysterious ...
The Personal World: This is the most intimate arena of our experience, the intrapsy-chic world of the self. Of the three worlds, this one holds themost mystery for us, and it is through the mythic world thatwe may plumb the depths of our personal experience. Knowl-edge of self is a key to all magickal development, and the exer-cises in this section begin the process of learning to look atones self and develop intuitive faculties ...
Vol II. - Two worlds & inbetween (PDF, 46 pages)
The aim of this book is to go some way towards exploring theevolving perspective of ‚Urban Shamanism. It's not really atraining manual like its predecessors, but gives one viewpoint(mine) on tackling the problem of living and acting from abroadly shamanic stance, within a city culture. Starting out withthe premise that shamanic work is less of a purely personal tripand more related to the recovery of a functional role thatindividuals may come to play in their community, I have triedto present a clear picture of my own approach, in the hope thatit may point others to explore what remains, largely, unknownterritory ...
Vol III. - Touched by fire (PDF, 44 pages)
What Planet Are You From?
Answer the following 6 questions:
What Planet Are You From?
Friday, 27. July 2007
If nightmares are causing you problems, protective stones such as tourmaline or smoky quartz can promote peaceful sleep and should be placed at the foot of the bed. Labradorite may also help, as it is thought to chase away any unwelcome feelings and thoughts.
Crystal Healing by Crystal Well-Being.
Explore the healing energies of crystals, crystal meditation, crystal healing layouts and chakra balancing.
When you receive a crystal – whether gifted or bought; whether previously cleansed or not, it is a good idea to ensure that its energy is sparkling with joy and healing. There are many methods that can be used to cleanse crystals – say hello to your new friend, follow your intuition and trust that however you decide to rejuvenate your crystal will be perfect. Here are some of the methods I’ve used over the years.
Cleansing your Crystals
My aim for this website is to encourage visitors to embark on, or deepen, a journey of their own - not only with crystals, but also with their inner beings.
Gems Of Wisdom
Informations and wonderful stones.
Category: Energy & Light |
Thursday, 26. July 2007
Astrology and Stones
For example, if there is a lack of fire in the chart, there may be problems with energy levels, passion, creativity, and “get up and go” at times in life. Certain fire stones can help to strengthen the weak fire element and give it a natural boost. Another example is someone with lots of fire in their chart who may be overly exuberant, flirtatious, dominating or have difficulty in sitting still and remaining grounded. In this case, one may decide to pick an antidote stone (perhaps a stone of water or earth to offset the fire) or pick a fire stone that is naturally in harmony. A fire stone will provide a balanced and healthy expression of fire and will temper the extremes of a fiery personality.
Fire Stones, Air Stones, Water Stones and Earth Stones:
Category: Poetry & Inspirations |
Wednesday, 25. July 2007
Visions of Enlightenment: Understanding the Art of Buddhism
Korea received Buddhism from China in the 4th century A.D. With the faith came Chinese Buddhist images, and throughout much of Korea's history, Korean Buddhist images have been influenced by Chinese models.
Tuesday, 24. July 2007
The World’s Mysterious Places - Part V
So let's go for another gander around the old blue dot, eh?
The Long Man of Wilmington Cerne Abbas Giant, England
Glastonbury Tor & Abbey, England
Stanton Drew Stone Circles & Boscawen-Un , England
'The Canal' / 'Spear', Pakistan/India
The Gympie Pyramid, Australia
Black Triangle, Australia
Pyramid of Sakkara,
Egypt Palace of Knossus
Written & Narrated by Jerry Glover
The World's Mysterious Places - Part 1-3
The World's Mysterious Places - Part IV
Rings of the Sorcerer
Monday, 23. July 2007
News & Stories
Off the Cuff by Liverpool Confidential.
Psychic Gavin Cromwell tries on John Lennon's jacket at the Beatles Story. It's a perfect fit, but there's more....
It's not often that The Beatles Story is scene for the paranormal, but this week it wasn't so much toe-tapping as table-tapping that filled the hallowed vaults there.
Is this the proof that spirits DO exist? by Daily Mail.
At first, it seemed no more than a curious coincidence. Professor Klaus Heinemann, a researcher for NASA, the U.S. space agency, was studying a collection of photographs his wife had taken at a gathering of spiritual healers when he noticed that many of them featured the same pale but clearly defined circle of light, like a miniature moon, hovering above some of the subjects.
The Crop Circle Mystery by Gazette & Herald.
See also Circle spotter comes a cropper by Metro. With Pic.
This striking design in a wheat field is an illustration of chaos theory, crop circle spotters say.
Big-bird Encounter One for the Books by KRQE-TV.
Myths and legends about creatures from the Chupacabra to the Jersey Devil to Bigfoot are everywhere, but in southern New Mexico and parts of Texas people say they've seen birds so big they seem prehistoric. One man claims the rugged landscape near Las Cruces hides a mystery that's haunted him for years.
Home for Sale, Ghosts Included by Brentwood Press.
Within weeks of moving into her Antioch home, Lisa Llewellyn began to notice unusual things. At first they were little things: a thump coming from an upstairs bedroom, a shuffling sound going up and down the stairs, and sometimes a feeling of being watched. But things came into focus one night as Llewellyn stood at the kitchen sink and felt a tug on her shirt and a voice saying, “Mom.” She turned around – and found herself alone. Calling out to her children, she discovered they were all together upstairs.
The Curative Power of Laughter by OhmyNews.
Sigmund Freud describes laughter as the body's way of safely releasing anxiety, aggression, fear and anger. Health professionals admit that laughing decreases stress hormones, including adrenaline, and the growth hormone, allowing them to return to normal levels. Stress hormones constrict blood vessels causing high blood pressure and heart problems. So when stress hormones are reduced, the body effectively fights against diseases.
Novel new religions find followers among Russia's disillusioned by The Boston Globe.
Thousands flock to esoteric faiths: In a voice barely louder than the rain falling on the mountaintop home his followers have built for him, Sergei Torop said it was painful to remember the end of his last life, in which he says he walked the earth as Jesus Christ. Torop, 46, is a former Siberian traffic cop who is now spiritual leader of at least 5,000 devoted followers. They have abandoned lives as artists, engineers, and professionals in other fields to move to this corner of Siberia, 2,000 miles from Moscow.
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Category: News & Stories |
Sunday, 22. July 2007
Larry King Live: UFO’s - Are They Out There?
LARRY KING: "Tonight, was a UFO buzzing around the historic Apollo 11 moon mission? Astronaut Buzz Aldrin tells us what he thinks he saw.
Arizona's former governor once dismissed the Phoenix lights that stunned hundreds of eyewitnesses 10 years ago. He'll explain why he now says they could not have been military flares.
Plus, the stories behind the close encounters former Presidents Jerry Ford and Jimmy Carter allegedly had.
And a return to Roswell, New Mexico, where the UFO controversy began 60 years ago with the man who says his father showed him debris from an alien spacecraft."
Stanton Friedman, a nuclear physicist and Roswell researcher, Jesse Marcel Jr, author of "The Roswell Legacy and son of Col. Jesse Marcel who saw the wreckage, Buzz Aldrin, a former NASA Apollo 11 astronaut, Fife Symington, a former Governor of Arizona during the 1997 Phoenix UFO sighting, James Fox, filmmaker of "Out of the Blue", George Noory, host of Coast to Coast AM, Michael Shermer, publisher of Psychic Magazine.
Aired on CNN July 13, 2007.
Runtime 44 minutes.
Read also the transcript (opens in a new window)
For me it was an amazing program and highly suggested watching it!
Well, here is the latest eSkeptic newsletter, produced by Shermer and Skeptic magazine. In this newsletter, there's some commentary from Shermer about the show. Shermer has the gall to say that he finds participation in such shows "to be a frustrating experience". So, if he finds such events frustrating, perhaps it's time to change the job ...
Saturday, 21. July 2007
Egyptian Myths in Harry Potter
No matter where you live - Zurich, Switzerland, Hong Kong, China, or Ding Dong, Texas, - since it was 12:01 am in your time zone, the final Harry Potter book can become yours.
If you are - or are not - a Harry Potter fanatic, this essays by Susan Sipal aka S.P. Sipal are amazing!
Egyptian Myths in Harry Potter:
Part 1 - Harry of the Two Ways
Part 2 - The Contendings of Harry and Voldemort
Part 3 - Harry's Sacred Egyptian Triangle
S.P. Sipal prior featured editorial on MuggleNet was One Last Memory. Also very interesting! (By the way - MuggleNet is an unofficial Harry Potter fan site).
I very much enjoyed this essays and I cannot urge you enough to go to read them!
Friday, 20. July 2007
Extracts from the site:
The tarot often shows up in movies, television shows, song lyrics, and novels. It has, in recent years, shown up in the scene of crimes, theatrical works, museum gift shops, and video games.
More: The Quick Reading
Illumination Tarot is an exploration and study of tarot. It shares personal experience and wisdom on using tarot for self-discovery, spiritual growth, transformation, and divination. Created to help others find the most fulfilling way to incorporate tarot into a practice of mindful living, Illumination Tarot offers practical advice, information, and tools, as well as musings into more mystical considerations. The tarot tradition is treated with respect, as are the unique paths we all choose in our quest for understanding.
Illumination Tarot - Exploring the tarot for insight and enlightenment
by Nellie Levine.
A comprehensive site - very well done and absolute advisable.
Category: Tarot & Oracles |