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Friday, 12. October 2007
News & Stories
Are we missing a dimension of time? by The Telegraph.
A scientist has put forward the bizarre suggestion that there are two dimensions of time, not the one that we are all familiar with, and even proposed a way to test his heretical idea next year. "There isn't just one dimension of time," Itzhak Bars of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles tells New Scientist. "There are two. One whole dimension of time and another of space have until now gone entirely unnoticed by us."
Sparks Fly Over Meteorite by Cosmic Log.
Do you remember the meteorite fall in Peru?
American meteorite hunter Michael Farmer checked out the scene.
Is there really a meteorite down there? In the wake of the first reports, some experts speculated that the crater was merely a smelly hole in the ground that villagers came upon while they were looking for the cause of the fireball they saw. But Farmer said "there's zero question" that a space rock caused the crater - and based on the analysis conducted so far, the rock was a doozy. "It's probably the largest chondrite meteorite to have fallen," Farmer said. He said the mass could be as much as 10 tons - which would be like a moving van falling from orbit.
Right Brain v Left Brain by The Herald Sun.
The Right Brain vs Left Brain test:
Do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?
If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.
Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.
A Prayer for Archimedes by ScienceNews. (WITH PICS).
For seventy years, a prayer book moldered in the closet of a family in France, passed down from one generation to the next. Its mildewed parchment pages were stiff and contorted, tarnished by burn marks and waxy smudges. Behind the text of the prayers, faint Greek letters marched in lines up the page, with an occasional diagram disappearing into the spine.
Opening the X-files: Inside Britain's UFO Project by Nouse.
To conspiracy theorists, Nick Pope is the right man with the wrong answer. The former head of Britain’s UFO Project has had years of unparalleled access and resources to investigate the significance of unexplained visitors to Britain’s airspace. Since leaving the MoD in 2006 he has taken up a high profile career as a writer, lecturer and consultant. He seemed to be a man preparing to impart revelation. If anyone should be able to confirm that the government knows of the existence of extraterrestrial life, it should, in theory, be Pope.
New Canadian Crop Circles by CCRN. (WITH PICS).
The Canadian Crop Circle Research Network (CCCRN) has updates:
Two more formations found on October 1 near Shakespeare and Londesborough in southern Ontario. An oval and half-circle (Shakespeare) and a single circle (Londesborough), both in corn.
The Stigmata by The Paranormal Report.
About 300 or so stigmatics have been reported over the last two millenium. The first was St. Paul, who claimed to have them in a letter to the Galatians. St. Francis of Assisi also exhibited them in the 13th century, and cases continue to this day. A number of explainations have been given for the stigmata, ranging from fraud to the wounds somehow being created by the sufferer's own mind.
Conman or Psychic on Geraldo at Large by YouTube. (Video).
University of Arizona professor Dr. Gary Schwartz confronts a grieving father and then turns "psychic" himself -- claiming to have contacted the spirit of his deceased son. Schwartz suggests that 3.3 million dollars be contributed to start a business "on the other side".
See also Gary E. Schwartz' statement:
Examining an erroneous and malicious character assassination.
A man and his (weird) museum by SunJournal. (WITH PICS & AUDIO).
A peek inside the International Cryptozoology Museum:
Hair from Sir Edmond Hillary's Yeti expedition, water from Loch Ness, a 9-foot latex pterodactyl, Loren Coleman's got it all. Coleman is an authority on things that haven't been found. Yet.
Unlocking the secrets of history by Yemen Times.
Mummification in ancient Yemen:
In ancient Yemen, people believed in life after death. Their belief in resurrection was essential to ensure a safe passage to the afterlife for their dead. Mummification was an important step to ensuring one's afterlife in ancient Yemen. However contradictory to their belief, not only the dead lost their way to the afterworld; sadly, the mummies have never crossed the boundaries of their tombs. So where did all the mummies go?
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Thursday, 11. October 2007
Spirit Helpers and the Shamanic Journey
Cross-culturally, there is a common belief in spiritual help that is witnessed as an intervention from a non-physical realm into the physical realm that transcends, changes, or heals. This non-physical realm is where the spirits dwell.
I was taught that the Lakota people believe there are 405 helping spirits that you are born with that are literally assigned to you: A small army of helpers whose main function is to be of service to you and your human experience. You may choose to use this help throughout your life, or not. There is no judgment if you don't. But why wouldn't you? Whether it's 405 or 1, their help can bring sensational results---magical, miraculous, profound, guiding, transformative, informative, and fun.
One of the most effective ways to access help from the spirit helpers is the shamanic journey. The shamanic journey is filled with mystery, and despite its ancient history, is little understood in Western culture. The altered state of consciousness achieved in a journey allows you to transcend the limitations of the rational world and connect with a non-ordinary reality. The shamanic journey is common to all cultures (even European) and the nature of the journey is remarkably similar, even in cultures widely separated by era and geography. In the spirit world, both time and place are illusions. The lessons from the other worlds are universally true, drawing from a collective consciousness that is accessible to all.
Learning how to journey successfully takes time and practice. Journeying requires you to tune in to all of your senses. It is vital to activate as many of the senses as possible to stimulate your powers of observation beyond the visual. Many people depend too much on the visual in journeying, and fail to access the total information contained in the journey. Often, the information will come through a sense of "knowingness," a kind of sixth sense that is beyond seeing or any of the other single senses.
To practice stimulating your senses, try this simple exercise: Read more ...
Wednesday, 10. October 2007
The word "Vodou" evokes images of sorcery and sticking pins into dolls. In fact, it's a living tradition wherever Haitians are found based on ancestral religions in Africa. Walk through this mysterious tradition — one with dramatic rituals of trances and dreaming and of belief in spirits, who speak through human beings, with both good and evil potential.
Explore the philosophical and spiritual world of Vodou, the religion of Haiti with ancient roots in Africa. Patrick Bellegarde-Smith is a scholar of Africology and a Vodou priest. As he tells it, Vodou has nothing to do with the Hollywood image of sticking pins into dolls. Smith: "You know, I even hesitate using the word "religion" because it's far more than that. It's a spiritual system. It includes philosophy, technology, science, and everything else. It invades all systems and fields. It is something that occupies one 24 hours a day."
Krista Tippett and her guest Patrick Bellegarde-Smith on 'Living Vodou'.
Total time of this podcast 53 minutes.
Maybe you like to read the transcript.
Yes, it's a radio program, but sometimes the visual helps:
Stephanie Keith met a Vodou priest at a Buddhist interfaith event. He invited her to photograph and experience the religious world of his Haitian culture. Ten ceremonies later, she offers her images and reflections on these late-night rituals.
Watch the Audio Slideshow right here or go to Vodou Brooklyn - A Photographer's Journey into a Haitian Community in the U.S.
The Village Voice has also looked into vodou ceremonies on Long Island and have a gallery of photos.
Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou
Voodoo - Vodou - Vodun
Category: Ethno & Shamanism |
For all enthusiasts!
I recently discovered a new Tarot resource online. Anyone who's used wikipedia will find tarotpedia familiar.
It has useful information on a many aspects of tarot. There are pages for tarot history (very good!), tarot decks, spreads, card meanings, and more.
Category: Tarot & Oracles |
Tuesday, 09. October 2007
Music of Kabbalah / Musik der Kabbalah
Monday, 08. October 2007
Wisdom of the Crone
"Wisdom of the Crone" is a deck of fifty-four wisdom cards:
Each card bears a unique image of women between the ages of 50 and 100.
Historically, the word crone translates into crown or wisdom and is also connected to chronos, meaning time. In ancient days, elder women or crones were a respected and integral part of the community.
Our society seems to be obsessed with youth, yet there are 630 million women over the age of 50 on the planet today. As leaders, counselors, teachers, grandmothers and aunties, we now have wisdom and diverse life experiences to offer.
Wisdom of the Crone - When You Seek The Truth, Ask A Wise Woman.
Don't miss the Flash Movie!
Sunday, 07. October 2007
The Quest For King Arthur
Once upon a time there lived the greatest hero we've ever known. He was brought up by the wise wizard Merlin. He became King of the Britons when he pulled the sword from the stone. He married the beautiful Guinevere. He rode out of Camelot protected from harm by his magic sword Excalibur. He sat in council with the chivalrous Knights of the Round Table and sent them to find the Holy Grail ...
This king is known as Arthur – and his story is known to us all. Or is it?
'The Quest for King Arthur' is an enjoyable documentary that acknowledges the fact that we do not know, and may never know, whether or not there was a historical individual on whom the legends are based. At the same time, the program illustrates the importance of the legend of Arthur in medieval times. The documentary also takes a look at the archaeological aspects as well as the historical ones in seeking fact.
Duration 89 minutes.
You may also like:
King Arthur: History & Legend by Britannia.
One of the best, and certainly most comprehensive, sites on Arthur is the American internet resource, Britannia. This covers just about everything the ordinary web surfer might want about Arthur, with histories, timelines, maps, biographies, genealogies, original sources and texts, a reading list, other resources and selected links all presented in an accessible and easily used format. There are also essays by – and a discussion with – the Arthur expert Geoffrey Ashe and even an illustrated 'Magical History Tour' of Britain. Britannia's links to other websites can be accessed directly here.
The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester.
The Camelot Project is designed to make available in electronic format a database of Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies and basic information. The project, begun in 1995, is sponsored by the University of Rochester and offers a useful starting point for anyone seeking information about Arthur on the internet.
Arthur: A Man for the Ages by David White.
David White's heavily cross-referenced site on Arthurian history and legends. Includes a lively FAQ (frequently asked questions) section, including 'Was the sword really in the stone?', 'Who was the Lady of the Lake?' and 'Was Galahad really so boring?'
Carleon by D Maynard.
Caerleon was the site of one of Britain's three Roman Legionary Fortresses and many believe it to be the location of King Arthur's Camelot.
Saturday, 06. October 2007
The Way of Energy
Many Qigong books are too "Eastern" for Westerners to read, or are too technical/textbook like, spending many pages going over the meridians, cavities, times of day and orientation. This is required knowledge for advanced practicioners, but gets in the way and is intimidating for introductory students.
The reader is instructed on how to integrate these two new pieces into their practice. While the Eight Pieces of Brocade positions vary slightly from other texts, their descriptions are excellent and their purpose briefly but clearly explained.
Part Three describes four advanced standing positions and imagery exercises for the practicioner to begin managing their Chi. The last part of the book describes how to integrate these disciplines into everyday life.
In summary, an excellent introductory step-by-step guide with more than 100 drawings and full-color photographs.
About the Author: Master Lam Kam Chuen is a specialist in Chi Kung, a recognized master of Tai Chi Chuan, and a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine.
The Way of Energy by Master Lam Kam Chuen
Gaia Books, 1991
PDF | 11 MB | 165 pages
Friday, 05. October 2007
The Art of W M Hyperborea
For more than twelve years now, the Dutch couple, Willem and Madeleine, have been working together in different fields of the arts.
They chose Hyperborea, (“New Found Land”), as their professional name. Being sculptors by trade, they’ve created a substantial collection of stone sculptures in addition to translating these into bronze works.
Several years ago they discovered the realm of computer graphics. This resulted in a large number of 3D renderings, featuring their unique style: Alien landscapes inhabited by graceful life forms.
Most recently they have been working together on various projects in which they combine their sculptures, 3D artworks and original electronic music into multi-media presentations.
The Art of W M Hyperborea
Brothers in Arms
They also compose electronic ambient music to provide the sculptures and 3D artwork with audio soundscapes. Compilations of these audio/video projects are available on their website and on the Hyperborea's YouTube Channel. You'll find total 23 clips, such as Alien Architecture, Another Utopia, Ancient Dreams ...
Art & Music - Trancendental Train (6:48)
Art & Music - Dream Scape's (7:55)
Art & Music - Garden Of Pleasure (5:05)
See also Hyperborea at LastFM.
Thursday, 04. October 2007
Laughter as Medicine
It is said that young children laugh as much as 100 to 200 times a day, compared to a large majority of adults who only get around 2 to 12 daily laughs. Laughter is good not only for the body but also the soul.
Spiritual Humor compiled by Timothy Conway. See also his Zen Humor section.
Two men meet on the street: “How are you?” one asks.
The other replies: “I’m fine, thanks.”
“And how’s your son? Is he still unemployed?”
“Yes, he is. But he is meditating now.”
“Meditating? What’s that?”
“I don’t know. But it’s better than sitting around doing nothing!”
Category: Games & Humor |
Trust your Intuition
Are you aware of your inner voice? Do you pay attention to it? I’m not talking about the one who puts you down by the way! I’m talking about the one that softly whispers ideas and suggestions to you – the kind that the other voice might shout down, crying “Are you mad? That requires stepping out of our comfort zone, and that is to be avoided at all costs!” (even if the cost is living a life of mediocrity instead of the one of your dreams).
What’s wrong with protecting us? I do hear you thinking that! Well, it limits us and ultimately erodes our well being at a soul level. And believe it or not, but that’s not good for our physical or emotional well being! If you’re unfulfilled at a soul level, slowly and imperceptibly you will develop a nagging feeling of general discontent which can have a rippling effect on your mood, self esteem and ultimately your physical and mental health. But that’s for another article ...
The gentle voice of your intuition will, if listened to, stretch you beyond your comfort zone, but never more than you’re capable of. It will challenge you, but also support you. It always has your best interests at heart at every level – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. It will not only gently nudge you in scary directions which will yield huge and unimaginable rewards, but it will also gently warn when to stop or turn around.
When you tune into your intuition and allow yourself to be guided by it you will be surprised at how much easier formerly assumed “challenges” will become. And how much good fortune lands in your lap (we call it synchronicity). And how good you feel – at ease with yourself and all your life experiences, even the ones you wouldn’t choose!
Read more ...
Wednesday, 03. October 2007
A Scholar’s Garden
Practiced for thousands of years, feng shui (literally translated as 'wind and water') is a way to work in harmony with nature to enhance prosperity and happiness.
The circle on the east-facing screen represents Heaven, and the square screen facing west represents its opposite, Earth. The gates illustrate the yin and yang of Daoist philosophy found throughout the Garden.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese garden: A Scholar's Garden.
The Scholar’s Garden web site will walk you through the philosophical principles and concepts that went into creating this full-scale Chinese garden.
Category: Buildings & Places |
Tuesday, 02. October 2007
Tonight’s Sky: October 2007
Category: Astrology & Astronomy |
News & Stories
I foresee a troubled future for Burmese generals by Times Online.
A look at leaders who cling desperately to astrology and superstition:
Burma’s intensely superstitious rulers have long been guided by a belief in portents and prophecies, cosmology, numerology and magic. The time and date of the ceremony marking independence from Britain was also chosen according to astrological dictates: 4.20am on January 4, 1948. General Ne Win was the mysticism-obsessed dictator who seized power in 1962 and steered Burma from prosperity to penury; in 1989 he introduced the 45-kyat and 90-kyat banknotes, for the simple but mind-bending reason that these were divisible by and added up to nine, his lucky number.
Escondido resident Milton Sprouse, 85, said he knows what happened in Roswell ---- not because he favors one theory over another, but because he was there. As for the outrageous stories of mysterious metal, alien corpses and a military coverup? It's all true, he said.
See also: The Majestic Hall of Mirrors by Ohmy News.
Through the stories of whistleblowers, and the recovered memories of abductees, it seems that our planet has attracted all manner of aliens. They range from humanoids, the notorious grays, to "reptoids" and praying mantis creatures. In secret underground bases they keep vats of human body parts to produce medication for their genetically deficient bodies. They have mutilated cattle and abducted thousands of people against their will. Some are peace loving, others are war-like and bloodthirsty. Some are solid, physically real beings with "nuts and bolts" craft; others are ghostly entities that skip into and out of our physical universe.
Lascaux on the Nile by Al-Ahram Weekly.
The art was found by a team of Belgian archaeologists and restorers and features groups of cattle similar to those drawn on the walls of the French Lascaux caves.
Papal stargazers reach for heaven by BBC.
At the Papal University in Rome, normally frequented by Catholic theologians studying the Bible, the scientists, including Jesuit priests who work at the Vatican's own astronomical observatory, will be grappling with abstruse formulae and mathematical simulations about the physical origins of the universe, involving concepts such as cold dark matter and black holes. Father Jose Funes, the head of the Vatican Observatory, said exciting new discoveries have been made with the help of space telescopes since the Holy See's last meeting on galaxies in 2000. "Disc galaxies are a hot topic," he said.
What makes up my mind? by The Washington Post.
The Mystery of Consciousness. It's one of the biggest unknowns, right up there with the origin of life. But it's under a multi-pronged assault by scientists, who vow to crack the code of the mind in the same way that they are deciphering the human genome. It's all very exciting, with the one catch that no one can really agree on what the mind IS. "With consciousness, there is no agreement on anything," says Giulio Tononi, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, "except it's very difficult."
If it was good enough for weight lifters and space travelers, it was good enough for him, Ramazanov thought. He began taking rhodiola extracts, and after a month his symptoms lifted. He had more energy during the day and could finally sleep at night. The horrific war images faded and his concentration improved.
It's hard these days to be a Freemason by National Post.
WITH PICS (Secret masonic handshakes).
Detractors call them a secret society. Freemasons call themselves a society with secrets.
For three centuries, Freemasons have held their secret meetings, worn their aprons, exchanged their grips --or knuckle-to-knuckle hand greetings -- and built a mystical life philosophy on the constructs of architecture. Part of the mystique is the august membership, a staggering list that almost seems to sum up the march of modern history: numerous Canadian and British prime ministers, many U.S. presidents and senators.
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