Monday, 31. March 2008
Yoga Today: Internet TV Yoga Courses

If you want to try yoga but don't want to buy a video or join a class, Yoga Today's videos could be just what you're looking for.

“Yoga Today’s mission is to bring free yoga to the world,” said Kim Whitman, President and Executive Producer of Yoga Today.

“It is really yoga for everyone, anywhere they are, providing the perfect balance of hands-on instruction with fresh, new courses in an inspiring setting directly to consumers via their laptops, PCs or televisions.

Yoga-on-the-go is a convenience we are offering people with busy schedules, and with the I’M delivery platform, we’re able to make on-demand fitness available to our customers.”

Each Yoga Today episode will feature an expert instructor and two students. The students will have different skill levels and instructors will interact with them to improve their poses.


This down-to-earth approach to yoga training makes the class more authentic and accessible to viewers, allowing them to improve their practice from the comfort of their own homes, hotel rooms or anywhere they see fit. Courses will be filmed outdoors in spectacular Teton settings or, when weather does not permit, indoors in a state-of-the-art yoga studio.

Yoga Today: Internet TV Yoga Courses
Experience Yoga in a great new way! 7 days a week, 365 days per year, keeping your workouts fresh and energizing. Unfortuantely there is no archive for older videos. Therefore I encourage you to visit this site regularly.
Category: Movies & TV | Yoga & Fitness |

Transkommunikation - Transcommunication


Transkommunikation ist ein Sammelbegriff für alle Methoden der Kontaktaufnahme zu anderen Bewußtseinsbereichen. Hierzu gehören neben den herkömmlichen medialen Praktiken vor allem auch technische Verfahren wie Tonbandstimmen.
Tonbandstimmen sind sprachliche Äußerungen auf Tonträgern (Audio- und Videobändern, MiniDisc, Computer etc.), deren Herkunft und Entstehung physikalisch nicht erklärt werden kann.

Interessanterweise handelt es sich bei diesen Stimmen oft um intelligente und bezugnehmende Äußerungen, z.B. auf vorher gestellte Fragen. Die ganzen Begleiterscheinungen, die Inhalte der Aussagen, der Stimmcharakter der Sprechenden usw. legen die Vermutung nahe, daß es sich dabei um die Äußerung von Verstorbenen handelt. Hier könnte also ein wissenschaftlich fundierbarer Beweis für das Weiterleben der Seele nach dem Tode gefunden werden.

Auf der Website des Vereins für Transkommunikations-Forschung (VTF) e.V. finden Sie alles zu diesem Phänomen. Es hat auch eine Anleitung wie man man Tonbandstimmen einspielt. (German version)

Transcommunication is a collective name for all kinds of making contact with other realms of consciousness. Among conventional mediumistic practices, this includes primarily EVP recordings.
EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) are intelligent utterances upon sound recording media which are physically unexplainable. The voices received by various means are often reasonable messages replying to corresponding questions. All the side effects - the contents of the statements, the characteristics of the speakers etc. - suggest that they are manifestations by deceased persons. Here now is the unique chance that a scientifically based evidence can be given for the survival of the soul after the bodily death.

Here you will find all about this phenomena:
The German Association for Transcommunication Research. With instructions how to do your own EVP recordings.
(English version)

Eine weitere sehr gute Info-Seiten zum Phänomen paranormaler Stimmen auf Tonbändern und anderen Speichermedien: Das Tonbandstimmen-Phänomen. (German version)

Another very good info page about the fascinating phenomenon of paranormal voices on tape and other recording media: The Electronic Voice Phenomenon. (English version)


Da es schon viele Seiten gibt die das Phänomen der Tonbandstimmen beschreiben, werde ich hier nicht näher auf Technik und Methoden eingehen. Vielmehr möchte ich hier erzählen wie ich zur Transkommunikation gekommen bin und welche, teilweise erstaunlichen, Ergebnisse wir in den letzten Jahren erzielen konnten.

Stimmen aus dem Jenseits - mit Hörbeispielen. (German)

We invite you to explore this website with an open mind. Find out about EVP and ITC. See what members have discovered. You will find sufficient information about EVP and ITC techniques to test these ideas for yourself.


If you have a well-developed sense of curiosity, we know you will want to know more about these most fascinating phenomena.

The American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena (AA-EVP) (English)

Here are a few samples of contacts via telephone, computer and TV. There is much more to hear and to see in this website, and in linked sources.

World ITC (English)

Übrigens - kennen Sie den Thriller über das Tonbandstimmen-Phänomen "White Noise - Schreie aus dem Jenseits"?
By the way - do you know the thriller about EVP "White Noise"?
Category: Para & PSI |

Sunday, 30. March 2008
Lost Ark of the Covenant

One of the holiest relics on earth, the Ark of the Covenant is the symbol of the agreement of faith made between God and the Israelites. The Ark is said to contain the tablets of the Ten Commandments, an object of immense power - capable of laying waste armies, of killing those who dared touch it in a flash of sparks, and guaranteed victory to those who carried it before them into battle. Over the centuries it has remained an object of great mystery, inspiring books, feature films and infinite questions.

But how could such an important artifact disappear without a trace? Did it ever really exist? And if it did exist, where is it today? Ethiopian Jews claim to have it, while rabbis claim the real Ark is still in a secret room under the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Biblical scholar and modern-day relic hunter Mike Sanders, journeys to find the elusive ancient ark. He aims to shed new light on the Ark of the Covenant and perhaps finally unravel the truth behind one of the greatest biblical mysteries of all.

I think it's an excellent summary of various theories of what happened to the fabled Ark of the Covenant. Both the photography and narration are very good. Especially recommended for those who like Biblical mysteries. Just one theory about the ark - but interesting and thought provoking.

Lost Ark of the Covenant (2001)
Duration: 46 minutes.

Here is an Expedition Photo Album by Mike Sanders, who has gained notoriety with his Bible Mysteries programs. Also with more information about the Ark of the Covenant. (As I said - just one theory!)

Funny! The Ark of the Covenant by The Brick Testament.

See also Ark of the Covenant at Wiki.
Category: Movies & TV | Religion & Early Cultures |

Saturday, 29. March 2008
Ayurvedic Astrology: Self-Healing Through the Stars

This is probably the first book available that jointly examines both Ayurveda and Vedic astrology in detail for the modern reader.


Ayurvedic Medicine represents the healing branch of yogic science, while Vedic astrology provides its understanding of time and karma.

Ayurvedic astrology teaches the interface of these two extraordinary systems in the Vedic astrology of healing.

The book explains how the different mind-body and planetary types of the two systems interrelate.

It examines disease factors from an astrological perspective and goes in depth into astrological remedial measures, particularly gem therapy. It also contains many notable example charts.

Ayurvedic Astrology: Self-Healing Through the Stars by Dr. David Frawley
Lotus Press, 2005 | 268 pages | PDF | 13.9 MB

Vamadeva Shastri in his latest book, "Ayurvedic Astrology," unlocks ancient astrological understandings of the human body's inherent weaknesses based on positions of die planets and stars at birth. In so doing, he guides us to avert sickness by applying detailed traditional Vedic remedial measures and then helps us understand the karma behind illnesses when they do manifest. Here, for the first time in a single book, two of India's remarkable gifts to mankind—Vedic knowledge of healing and Jyotish—are interwoven in a tapestry of wellness, providing invaluable tools for professional astrologers, ayurvedic practitioners and novices of both sciences.
-- Acharya Ceyonswami, Hinduism Today
Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Books & Magazines |

The Devil’s Dictionary

The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, is a satirical book published in 1911. It offers reinterpretations of terms in the English language which lampoon cant and political double-talk. Fun to read as well as thought-provoking. Just because the dictionary is 90 years old doesn't make it any less apropos for modern readers.

Book Description:

History, n. an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools. Marriage, n. The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all two. Self-Esteem, n. An erroneous appraisement.

These caustic aphorisms, collected in The Devil's Dictionary, helped earn Ambrose Bierce the epithets Bitter Bierce, the Devil's Lexicographer, and the Wickedest Man in San Francisco.


First published as The Cynic's Word Book (1906) and later reissued under its preferred name in 1911, Bierce's notorious collection of barbed definitions forcibly contradicts Samuel Johnson's earlier definition of a lexicographer as a harmless drudge. There was nothing harmless about Ambrose Bierce, and the words he shaped into verbal pitchforks a century ago--with or without the devil's help--can still draw blood today.

The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
Oxford University Press, 1999 | 179 pages | PDF | 1.08 MB
Category: Books & Magazines | Demons & Devils |

Friday, 28. March 2008
The African Labyrinth



The labyrinth in its many shapes and forms has, throughout the ages, been recognized and used as an archetypal symbol of healing, rebirth, re-generation and transformation. The spider-web labyrinth design is based on the sand drawings of the Tchokwe people of northeast Angola. These drawings (sona) are linked through dots in the sand and show the skill of a visionary/sangoma.

According to Credo Mutwa, African labyrinths have existed for eons in Africa and are an integral part of every tribe in some shape or form. Apart from divination, the labyrinth is also used as an initiation tool into Umlando, the Great Knowledge.

The African Labyrinth

Every culture uses the path as an initiation; the sanusis and sangomas have to walk through several gates to reach the center where they perform certain procedures before they can exit. In some traditions one has to follow the path encountering seven dangers to find the green chief (representing the Earth God) without a leg in the center dome, receiving a gift for your journey forward. On the way out various people wearing different masks try to take the gift away, reminding one to take great care of the gifts of life bestowed on us. In the Zulu tradition kings were exposed to nine temptations (representing the nine months in a mother's womb) before they could finally enter the cave of rebirth, where they would find a young virgin sangoma that would usher them into this world giving them a blessing.



Category: Buildings & Places | Ethno & Shamanism | Symbols & Geometry |

SurLaLune Fairy Tales

What Is a Fairy Tale?

Cinderella by Jessie Willcox Smith

I will state clearly that fairy tales do not have to be stories about fairies. Also, fairy tales are part of folklore, but folk tales are not necessarily fairy tales. The simplest way to explain this is to think of fairy tales as a subgenre of folklore along with myths and legends. If that is enough to answer your questions, stop here. It is as simple as this exercise is going to get.

The simpler question to answer is why these tales are called "fairy tales." It is from the influence of the women writers in the French Salons who dubbed their tales "contes de fees." The term was translated into English as "fairy tales." The name became so widely used due to the popularity of the French tales, that it began to be used to describe similar tales such as those by the Grimms and Hans Christian Andersen.

An Introduction to Fairy Tale Studies

Picked: "The Princess on the Pea"

Although similar tales existed before he included "The Princess on the Pea" in his Tales Told For Children (1835), Hans Christian Andersen is considered to be the populizer of the tale.

He also included traits which had not existed previously, primarily the actual sensitivity of the princess to the pea under the bedding.

Previous versions of the tale had the princess learning about the test from a sympathetic helper. She then passes the test with her cunning and foreknowledge. Andersen, on the other hand, liked the idea of a princess' true sensitivity and thus makes the princess an innocent victim of a bad night's sleep.

The tale has been interpreted in many books, illustrations and even for Broadway in the musical, Once Upon a Mattress, written by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer. The musical, now popular in high school revivals, was an original hit in 1959 starring Carol Burnett. It was revived for Broadway in 1997 starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

Princess and the Pea by Edmund Dulac

A portal to the realm of fairy tale and folklore studies featuring 45 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, and over 1,400 illustrations. Discover over 1,500 folk & fairy tales from around the world. And read some full text books!

SurLaLune Fairy Tales by Heidi Anne Heiner.
Colourful, informative and very dreamy!
Category: Fairy Tales & Fables |

Thursday, 27. March 2008
The Illuminated Chakras

Anodea Judith has dedicated her life to teaching about the chakras, the subtle energy centers in the body. In this award-winning animated video, she takes you on a journey through the chakras, where you spend time experiencing the function, the feeling, and the essence of each of the 7 primary chakras. However, the manner in which this is all presented is not only informative, but also beautiful! Anodea's style of narration is pleasing to the ear, the music of Robin Silver nicely supports the narration, and the 3-D Animation Graphics of Alex Wayne are simply great!

Enjoy this multi-sensory journey into the transformational beauty of the inner world. Follow the path of Kundalini-Shakti, the mystical serpent, who drives the vital force that awakens consciousness within each chakra. Experience the elemental reality of each chakra, as earth, water, fire, air, sound, light, and transcendent consciousness.

The Illuminated Chakras - A Visionary Voyage Into Your Inner Worlds
Duration: 28 minutes

Anodea Judith, Ph.D. is an American author, therapist, public speaker and expert on the Chakra system, bodymind (body/mind integration), somatic therapy, and Yoga. Judith is best known as the author of 'Wheels of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra System'. Visit her online home: Sacred Centers.
Category: Body & Health | Energy & Light | Movies & TV |

UFO’S and Ancient Artwork


This painting is called "The Madonna with Saint Giovannino". It was painted in the 15th century by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494) and hangs as part of the Loeser collection in the Palazzo Vecchio. Above Mary's right shoulder is a disk shaped object. Below is a blow up of this section and a man and his dog can clearly be seen looking up at the object.

Upon closer inspection, the man seems to be looking away from the UFO, behind him and over his shoulder. Or, more likely, the notably out of place object may be imagined floating above the ground between them. From either perspective, could Mary be seen as blocking the two babies from the flying saucer's view? Perhaps the dog glimpses the hovering object ~ with it's mouth open, it could even be barking at it. But what is that dark, sparkling, disassembled figure beside them ~ a dwarf, or an ethereal being?
A body, legs, head, and tail can be made out. Could this represent a type of alien, or demon? Also, Mary's halo seems a bit shadowy ~ more like a vaporous disc than a ring of light.

This and other ancient work of art with UFO's by Jason Martell, XFacts.


"The Annunciation" painted by Carlo Crivelli in 1486 on display in the National Gallery in London.
A familiar disk shaped object is shining a beam of light through the house wall and down onto the top of Mary's head. Much activity is going on in this painting, besides people pointing ~ filled with cryptic symbolism, the meanings lost to modern researchers.

What are the strange, ethereal, almost surreal, objects floating above Mary's doorway? Who is it peeking out from the doorway at the top of the alley stairs on the far left center? Who is lying on the bed behind Mary ~ and why aren't the people in the street looking up? What is the disturbance in the clouds, behind the UFO, exactly opposite the energy beam?

Another Website: Ancient Artwork.
Category: Art & Visions | Ufo's & Aliens |

Wednesday, 26. March 2008

Dragons are mythical creatures that appear in many different cultures and time periods. Dragons have been described as monsters, serpents, reptiles, or beasts. However, there is something magical about dragons that have kept our intrigue over many centuries.

Dragons are usually thought to have wings and breath fire. They also are said to have scales and claws. Some also have horns. Almost always they are said to be venomous. Some dragons may have two or more heads. They may also have more than one tail. They may have two, four or even more legs; however, most are known to have four legs. Dragons are said to eat things such as rats, birds, snakes, bats, or even humans, especially children.


Click the pictures above for a larger view


Dragons are very intelligent creatures. They live in remote areas, far away from humans, in places that are dark, damp and secluded, such as caves.Dragons were first thought of as creatures who lived in water. Later they became associated with fire. Sea serpents may have been the first dragons, and may be the reason for this association.

Almost all dragon stories portray the dragon as the villain from whom the hero must protect the city or the princess. But some dragons can take on the form of the protector. The biggest differences in dragons usually come from different cultures, especially the cultures of the East and the West. Each culture seems to have their own idea about dragons.

Dragons have long enchanted us through stories, artwork, and legend. Find out more about these fantastic creatures of mythology and infamy. This site contains a number of articles on dragon information, a community forum, and a gallery of dragon pictures.

Dragonika by Kevin Owens.
Category: Myths & Sagas |

Nature’s Word | Musings on Sacred Geometry

Since ancient times, various cultures across the globe have closely observed the ways in which nature uses number and proportion in the material forms which She creates. What those cultures have discovered is that nature uses a certain and exact set of numbers and proportions over and over. To ancient people it was clear that this set of numbers and proportions must have significance - possess a divine importance - and indeed who can deny that it seems to be a little bit more than just a coincidence that Mother Nature creates seemingly endless forms, all of which are based on a few fairly simple number relations?

The architecture of sacred buildings may have been the first human application of reflecting sacred geometry in its own creations. Perhaps the most familiar of these sacred buildings are the Egyptian pyramids at Giza. But by no means are these the only buildings whose proportions are based in sacred geometry. Temples across the globe have been constructed to conform with the laws of proportion which Mother Nature herself has laid down, including the Mayan temples and pyramids of Central America, the Buddhist temples of Cambodia, the Greek and Roman temples of the Mediterranean, and especially so the Gothic cathedrals of Roman Catholicism. All of these cultures, and others not mentioned, believed that if a building was to take on a sacred significance, it must fall in line with the natural proportions of sacred geometry. By doing so, it was felt that the buildings would become, in effect, an extension of the earth itself, and at the same time become representative of the entire cosmos.

Nature's Word | Musings on Sacred Geometry by Aidrian O'Connor.




Category: Symbols & Geometry |

Tuesday, 25. March 2008
The Obakemono Project


This squat creature, with his grotesque, potato-like head and straw-coat covered body is said to live on a certain mountain pass in Kumamoto prefecture.


Apparently one evening an old woman was walking along this road with her grandson, when she turned to the boy and said, "A long time ago, a youkai called Aburasumashi lived here." But speak of the devil, no sooner had she said this than the very same little goblin ambled out of the undergrowth and informed the pair that he was still there!

The abura in this spectre's name means oil, and the sumashi refers to his unchanging facial expression, which always looks prim and unruffled. Aburasumashi and many other obake are said to be the transformed spirits of those who stole lamp oil, which in the days before electricity was a very valuable substance. Perhaps spirits are also drawn to oil because of their association with strange fires, and maybe they too need fuel to burn.

Hakutaku also known as: Bai Ze

The Hakutaku or Bai Ze (as he is known in China) appears as a bovine creature with nine eyes and six horns, placed in sets of three and two on both his flanks and his man-like face.
A wise and holy animal, known for his capacity for human speech, the Bai Ze made his most famous appearance to Huang Di, the Yellow Emperor of China, who found him on top of a mountain near the Eastern Sea. To this man the beast dictated the characteristics and abilities of all the 11,520 types of demons, monsters, shapeshifters, and peculiar spirits in the world. Huang Di published his drawings and writings based on this encounter in a fascinating tome, the "Bai Ze Guide", but alas the book is thought to no longer exist.

In Japan Hakutaku is said to ward off calamity and disease, and his image is used as a charm and deified at temples.




For some people, nothing in life is worse than being laughed at, and for them the kerakeraonna must be the most terrifying youkai of all. Usually her victims hear her cackling first, before they wheel around, startled, only to meet the apparition of an enormous woman looming in the distance, her derisive laughter filling the whole sky. When they try to run, the haunting sound follows them everywhere they go.

Yōkai, or youkai, also known as obake or bakemono, are the folk monsters of Japan. They constitute a hundreds-strong menagerie of bizarre and varied creatures. They are magical, nebulous beings that exist in some strange state halfway between spirit and flesh, and are often the physical manifestations of extreme mental states, or the monstrous alteration of some ordinary object, animal, or person. They are just as varied in temperament as they are in form, and range from strange but personable goblins, to harmless pranksters that love scaring people, to dangerous ghouls that feast on human flesh.

The Obakemono Project
The Gaijin's Guide to the Fantastic Folk Monsters of Japan.
Category: Demons & Devils | Myths & Sagas |

Pearls of Wisdom

© Carole Bourdo

Cherokee Prayer Blessing

May the Warm Winds of Heaven
Blow softly upon your house.

May the Great Spirit
Bless all who enter there.

May your Mocassins
Make happy tracks
in many snows,

and may the Rainbow
Always touch your shoulder.

Native American Wisdom

Be awake

Love yourself and be awake -
today, tomorrow, always.

First establish yourself in the way,
then teach others,
and so defeat sorrow.

To straighten the crooked
you must first do a harder thing -
straighten yourself.

You are the only master. Who else?

Subdue yourself,
and discover your master.

Buddhist Wisdom

© by Marianna Rydvald.

© by Daniel Brian Holeman

What if you slept?

And what if,
In your sleep
You dreamed?

And what if,
In your dream,
You went to heaven
And there plucked
A strange and
Beautiful flower?

And what if,
When you awoke,
You had the flower
In your hand?

.... Ah, what then?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Welcome to the home of Inspiration, Peace, Harmony and Awareness! Presenting inspirational wisdom quotes, sayings and stories, prayers, affirmations, and sharing important issues such as the environment, health, peace, women's issues (also relevant to men). Many different perspectives are represented and they will touch your heart, inspire you, motivate you, make you angry, make you laugh - all will assist you on your personal journey of self-growth.

Pearls of Wisdom
Category: Poetry & Inspirations |

Monday, 24. March 2008
Heaven - A Journey through the Afterlife

But what exactly is heaven and where is it?

How does the Protestant conception of the afterlife differ
from the Catholic conception?

How does one achieve salvation and what do the saved do when they get there?

And, if heaven is so interesting,
why has western culture been so spellbound by hell?

Hieronymous Bosch, Center panel, 'The Garden of Earthly Delights', circa 1504
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The great medieval theologian Thomas Aquinas wrote 'that in the end language can only be related to what is experienced here, and given that the hereafter is not here, we can only infer'. Aquinas encapsulated a great human conundrum that has preoccupied writers and thinkers since ancient times: what might heaven be like. And although human language is constrained by experience, this has not stopped an outpouring of artistic, theological and literary representations of heaven.

In the early Middle Ages men ascended up a ladder to heaven. In his Divine Comedy, Dante divided heaven into ten layers encompassing the planets and the stars. And the 17th century writer John Bunyan saw the journey of the soul to heaven as a spiritual struggle in his autobiography, The Pilgrim's Progress.

Melvyn Bragg's guests are:
  • Valery Rees, Renaissance scholar and senior member of the Language Department at the School of Economic Science
  • Martin Palmer, Theologian and Director of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture
  • John Carey, Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Oxford University

If you wish to find out more of this subject,
then listen to this programme in full here (43 minutes):

Broadcast was on December 2005 at BBC 4, 'In Our Time'.
Also available for RealPlayer.
Category: Incarnation & Death | Music & Voices | Religion & Early Cultures |

Your Teacher


Click the picture for a larger view.

~~~ Find Your Inspiration ~~~
Category: Poetry & Inspirations |

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