Sunday, 28. September 2008
Alien Planet

Alien Planet is a special on Discovery Channel about two internationally built robot probes investigating for alien life on the fictional planet Darwin IV. It was based on the book Expedition, by sci-fi/fantasy artist and writer Wayne Douglas Barlowe, who was also executive producer on the special. It premiered on May 14, 2005.

The show uses sophisticated computer-generated imagery, which is interspersed with interviews from such notables as Stephen Hawking, George Lucas, Michio Kaku, and Jack Horner. The show was filmed in Iceland and Mono Lake in California. -- wiki


'Alien Planet' by Discovery Channel, 2005
Duration: 93 minutes



See also:
Discovery Channel: Alien Planet I | Alien Planet II | Virtual Voyage
Category: Movies & TV | Ufo's & Aliens |




Healing With Crystals - Heilen mit Kristallen

The quartz crystal is the connection between the physical dimension and the dimensions of the mind. It can be used to communicate with minerals, plants, animals, and intelligent forces outside the physical dimension. In early times, when all things were thought to be parts of a greater living consciousness, the quartz crystal was believed to synchronize the individual and total consciousness with that of the heavens and advanced life-forms.

Crystal Healing and Quartz Crystal Properties by Kacha Stones (English only)

The gemstone properties listed here are for rounded, highest quality gemstones. Non-rounded gem stones may have different effects.
Healing Properties of Gemstones and Crystals by Jewelry Mall (English only)

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A lot of Crystals Articles, e.g. The Three Steps to Crystal Healing, Ten Healing Crystals for Stress, Ten Healing Crystals for Children, Ten Healing Crystals for Men, Ten Healing Crystals for Woman, Healing Crystals for Pets and Animals ... by Karen Ryan. (English only)

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Alles redet von Edelsteinen mit geradezu sensationellen Heilwirkungen. Und doch versteht jeder etwas anderes darunter. Daher möchte ich zunächst einmal die verschiedenen Anwendungsbereiche darstellen. Und weil Steine etwas sehr sinnliches sind, machen wir es gleich konkret – anhand des Citrins. Der Citrin ist ein kräftiger Heilstein, wie der Name nahelegt von gelber Farbe, ein enger Verwandter des Bergkristalls.

Edelstein - Heilkunde und Heilsteine A-Z von Walter von Holst (German only)


Kristall-Praxis von Erika Hausen (German only)

Geheimnis der Kristalle und Edelsteine Farb-Codes von Paranormal Deutschland e.V. (German only)

Alle Seiten sind wie Edelsteine.
Category: Body & Health | Energy & Light |




Ambient Nights

Ambient Nights is a unique collection of music gathered from Ambient and New Age genres and presented in a "non-stop" listening form. All the songs were mixed by Alex Hephaestion.

Ambient Nights - a really unique collection of music to make you feel good and peace.

CD Listing:

- Ambient Nights CD1
- Ambient Nights CD2
- Ambient Nights CD3
- Ambient Nights CD4
- Ambient Nights CD5
- Ambient Nights CD6
- Ambient Nights CD7
- Ambient Nights CD8
- Ambient Nights CD9

- Red God, Yellow God
- Brighton Beach
- A Present for a Friend
- Life As is Is
- Ambiotic Dreams
- My Dreams of Tengerines
- Picking up Where Schiller Left
  Off
- Closed Eyes Open Doors
- Plastic Flowers Didn't Change
  The World
- The Missionary Position
- The Chill Surrounding the
  Promise of Snow

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And check also the other sections: Sol System, Ethni-City, Club Nights.
All files can be downloaded for free. Online Listening is also available.
xxx hours of pure musical bliss!!!
Category: Music & Voices |


Thangka

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Best ever within the range of the Thangkas is the Website of the Dharmapala Thangka Centre - School of Thangka Painting. All about Tibetan Iconography, the creation of a masterpiece Thangka, summary of all 77 Medical Thangkas and of course a large picture gallery. (English version)

A large and beautiful gallery: The Buddhist Art of Thanka by Nick Dudka.

Another one: Thangka Paintings created by monks in Kathmandu (Nepal) and Tibet by Exotic India.


Allen tibetischen Rollbildern (thang ka) ist eigen, dass sie dem Gläubigen Hilfsmittel sind auf seinem Weg zur Befreiung von Übel und Leiden, die ihn bedrängen. Thang kas werden deshalb auch "mthong grol", Befreiung durch Sehen genannt.

Thangka - eine gute Übersicht von TibetFocus. (German)

Der absolute Hammer im Bereich der Thangkas ist die Website des Dharmapala Thangka Centre - School of Thangka Painting. Hier erfährt man alles! Die ikono-grafischen Grundlagen, wie ein Thangka entsteht, die 77 Medizin Thangkas und natürlich hat es auch eine riesige Galerie.
(German version)

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Category: Meditation & Mind | Religion & Early Cultures |


Loops of Zen

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This puzzle game is about harmony. Rotate pieces by clicking on them. When no more loose ends remain, you will enter a new realm of consciousness. That realm is a new level of Loops of Zen. There are 50 levels, but is it necessary to experience them all? That depends on you. Did you know that the game is different every time you play? The best thing about Loops of Zen may be the loops. Or the zen. Enjoy!

Loops of Zen
Category: Games & Humor |


Saturday, 20. September 2008
Helike - The Real Atlantis

On a winter night in 373 BC, the classical Greek city of Helike was destroyed by a massive earthquake and tidal wave. The entire city and all its inhabitants were lost beneath the sea. What has bewitched archaeologists about Helike is that it was engulfed just when ancient Greece was reaching its height; when the philosophy and art that inspired the western world for thousands of years were invented.

Inspiring the myth

Its destruction was one of the most appalling tragedies of the classical world and most probably the reality behind the myth of Atlantis. But now, unlike Atlantis, a team of archaeologists may have found Helike - a lost city from the heyday of Greek civilisation. If it is as well preserved as everyone hopes, Helike could be a time capsule from this crucial time in human development.

For centuries there had been just no sign of it. All archaeologists had to guide them were obscure and often contradictory ancient texts. So, despite numerous expeditions trawling the waters off the coast of Greece and vast amounts of money and technology thrown at the problem, no one could find anything except two small coins, unearthed over a hundred years ago.

Not drowned but buried

Then, in 1988 Dora Katsonopoulou and Steven Soter took up the challenge. Dora had grown up with the legend from childhood and was determined to find the archaeological treasure on her doorstep. Together they went back to basics and re-examined the ancient texts. These said that Helike had sunk into a poros, which everyone had taken to mean Gulf of Corinthe. But Dora thought that a poros could also be an inland lagoon. If she was right, the lost city which had inspired Atlantis might not be under the sea, as everyone thought, but somewhere inland.

A landscape on the move

Studying the geology of the region, earthquake expert Iain Stewart argues that a large earthquake could well cause an inland lagoon. Small recent earthquakes in the region have caused ground liquefaction - a terrifying phenomenon where the ground literally turns to water beneath your feet. If the same had happened on a much larger scale then the whole city could have been plunged downwards, taking much of the city below sea level. But the earthquake in 373 BC could also have had a second more devastating effect. As well as liquifaction recent earthquakes have caused chunks of coastline to fall into the sea. If this happened on a large scale underwater landslides could cause a large wave, or tsunami. This would race across the Gulf of Corinthe, ricochet off the opposite bank and come charging back again, to crash over the sunken plain and fill in the lagoon.

Dora's theory makes sense, except for one thing. There is no lagoon in the region today. There is, though, a trail of clues that explains what could have happened. An ancient bridge that is strangely nowhere near water shows how river sediment coming down from the mountains changes the shape of the plain - over hundreds of years the lagoon would have silted up, hiding the lost city beneath solid ground. A host of boreholes drilled into the plain and a remote cave with the legend attached to it have helped pinpoint where the now underground city might lie.

Glimpses of Ancient Greece

Slowly Dora and Steven have pieced it all together, but there have been several false starts along the way. The first lot of ruins they found were Roman - a settlement built hundreds of years after Helike's disappearance to honour the famous lost city. Next they found ruins that turned out to be prehistoric - an early bronze age settlement built 2,500 years before Helike. It wasn't until 2001 that Dora and Steven at last got their breakthrough.

Whilst Horizon was filming, the team uncovered ruins from classical Greece. Securely dated by coins and pottery, the team are convinced they have at last found the city they've been looking for. It will take years to uncover Helike's riches, but for the first time in thousands of years, we have glimpses of the lost city that inspired Atlantis.

Source: BBC 2


'Helike - The Real Atlantis' by BBC Horizon, 2002

Duration: 48 minutes



You may also like to read The Transcript.

See also:
In Echoes of Atlantis, Dr Iain Stewart, who appears in the Horizon programme, explains more about Helike, Plato and the search for Atlantis.

And The Lost Cities of Helike by Helike Foundation.
Category: Buildings & Places | Movies & TV |


Observing Ramadan

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Muslim faithful throughout the world are currently observing the holy month of Ramadan. Observant Muslims participate in fasting (sawm), one of the five pillars of their faith, this entire Lunar month (this year it extends from September 1st to the 30th). Eating, drinking, smoking and sexual activity is prohibited from dawn until sunset, when the fast is broken with the evening meal called Iftar. Local customs define varying traditions, including differing types of food used to break the daily fast. The fasting is meant to teach a person patience, humility and sacrifice, to set aside time to ask forgiveness, practice self-restraint, and pray for guidance in the future.

News Stories in Photographs: Observing Ramadan (35 photos total) by The Big Picture.
Category: News & Stories | Religion & Early Cultures |


The Love Calculator

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Check your love compatibility by Birthday & Astrology with the The Love Calculator .
Smart and simple enough for anyone.

There is one thing to note - the results given are not always entirely true, because there are much more factors to human behavior and relationships, other than his birthday, so you should use that result only as a guideline and not rely on it completely.

Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Games & Humor |


Karma - What Is It and What Is Its Influence?

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.

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The word "Karma", is a word everyone knows, but what does it actually mean?

Karma is simply something that exists within us, which moves us all and is made up of events that have happened, or will happen to us. How can things that happened to us make Karma?

Here it is important to understand that anything we did is effectively saved in our consciousness and reappears. We save everything we do in our consciousness; this is the fundamental point to keep in mind when considering Karma.

This consciousness works as a spirit and when the spirit comes to the time of death it detaches itself becoming independent and separates from the body.

When this consciousness which was in the spirit disappears, it will be reborn again. Just because consciousness has disappeared, does not mean things that happened in the past will disappear altogether.

When consciousness disappears, everything that happened to us will remain latent and reappear; these things that are latent in all of us will continuously cause a reaction and influence our life and being.


Understanding Karma

Karma is always there and influences our lives - This is the essence of Karma.

To understand Karma fully, we need to understand the concept of reincarnation.

Reincarnation simply means that everything is repeated. Something which exists continuously therefore leads to repetition. Past, present and future are therefore interwoven. Our lives are influenced by this law and every creature on the earth is born and then dies and is reborn.

Read more ...
Category: Articles & Essays | Incarnation & Death |


PocketChapel

What the heaven is PocketChapel?
To put it simple. PocketChapel is a free software altar for your Computer. A lot of people work more than 8 hours a day on their computers. Know that computertime is lifetime. Give PocketChapel a chance to balance your life or helping you to stand your dark hours. It's an software altar for almost all christian denominations.

• Create your own special christian altar on your Computer.

• Choose the looking and the furniture of your altar.

• Place flowers, holy objects and candles on your altar.

• Add your wishes to the altar candles.


PocketChapel by Dario Gibellini.

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Category: Lifestyle & Trend |


Saturday, 13. September 2008
Countdown to Armageddon

The divine chronology outlined in the Old Testament's 'Book of Revelations' has convinced thousands of Christians that the end of the world is rapidly approaching. This absorbing and startling documentary argues that the signals of Armageddon’s imminent arrival are everywhere.

Incredible High Definition footage of perilous natural disasters and manmade tragedies starkly demonstrates that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse may be closer than we think.

'Countdown to Armageddon' is a documentary film that reviews the history of apocalyptic literature (Armageddon). The documentary features archaeologist/historian Eric H. Cline, Orthodox Christian scholar John McGuckin, televangelist John Hagee, author Tim LaHaye and author Gershom Gorenberg.


'Countdown to Armageddon' by History Channel, 2004
Duration: 44 minutes



From the cover:

"The End is Near" is a cry that has echoed throughout human history. Every religion has stories of the end of the world, and believers in every era have prophesized that the time was at hand. So far, these predictions have come to naught, but a rash of unusual events and the rise of fundamental faiths have led to a new golden era of doomsayers.

Asteroids on a collision course with Earth, super volcanoes, global warming, killer viruses--all are potential catastrophes that threaten to wipe out life on our planet. Are these simply natural disasters that have been occurring since time immemorial? Or are these threats terrifying prophesies from the Bible that are at last coming true? Are our fears overblown? Or are the infamous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse riding among us in a countdown to Armageddon?
Category: Movies & TV | Prophecies & Mediums |


Japanese Buddhist Art

Eye Candy:

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The Planets and the Northern Constellation
Japanese, Kamakura period, 13th century
Panel; ink, color, and gold on silk


See remarkable holdings include statues, paintings, and ritual objects. Notable are the wooden image of Miroku, the Bodhisattva of the Future, by the late twelfth-century master sculptor Kaikei, the eighth-century icon of the Historical Buddha Preaching on Vulture Peak, and the exquisite twelfth-century paintings of Batô Kannon, the Horse-headed Bodhisattva of Compassion, and Bishamonten, Guardian of the North.

All pictures are zoomable for closer examination, perhaps works in IE only.

Website Collection Page: Japanese Buddhist Art by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Or choose The Interactive Tour.

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White-robed Bodhisattva of Compassion
Japanese, Muromachi period, first half of the 16th century
Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk
Category: Art & Visions | Religion & Early Cultures |


Rain

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This is a very nice music play thing for a short meditation: Rain

Play around with your mouse ... and click ...
Category: Meditation & Mind | Music & Voices |


How to Create an Affirmation That Works

A positive affirmation can lift your life and help you achieve your goal. Such an affirmation sends your message to the Universe, and the Universe listens and responds in positive manifestation of your desires.

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The affirmation must be a dedicated belief, not just an adhoc approach to "trying it out". You must be prepared to free yourself from your limiting insecurities and judgements and replace them with beliefs that you have unlimited potential.

There are many variations possible: they can be spoken, they can be recorded in your private diary repetitively, or written on individual sticky notes and hung around your daily environment.

Getting Started

Decide on a goal... Spend a few minutes (or as long as you need) in a relaxing environment. What is your real desire? Is it do with relationships? Or career, self-love, direction, improved health, or energy (to name a few)?

    1. If you can't think of a goal, do you have a negative nagging thought that you could turn around? For example, instead of thinking "I am fat" every morning, you could change this around to "I am healthy and energised".

    2. Believe without fear that your desire will come true. Know that you truly deserve what you are asking for, without guilt.

    3. Let your affirmation go with love and trust. To focus intensely on the affirmation after establishing it will stifle it. Simply return to the affirmation gently once a day to boost your power. Gentle, successive sessions will have a compound effect.


Some Rules

  • Always create your affirmation in present tense. Place yourself in the situation as you want it - to talk about it in future tense will mean your desire is always waiting to happen.
  • Use only positive words. The Universe does not acknowledge words such as "not" or "don't". So, instead of saying "I am not poor" (the Universe will only hear "I am poor"), say "I have enough money for all that I need".
  • Indulge yourself in the moment as your affirmation sinks in. Then, let it go. By not dwelling on how the change might show up, you let the Universe work her magic naturally.
  • Keep your affirmation short and specific. Focus on one key element at a time, without the clutter of many desires all at once.
  • Repetition of your affirmation means your desire can sink into every fibre of your being, settling naturally into your way of life.


Some Tips

  • Write the affirmation by hand. Write it hundreds of times, until the affirmation has imprinted itself into your subconscious mind.
  • First thing in the morning or last thing at night when you are your most relaxed are good times to use affirmations. Our minds are more open to absorbing behaviour-changing patterns then.
  • Generally, work with any single affirmation a maximum of two weeks. This isn't too long for staleness to set in, but long enough for the message to sink to every corner of your self-perception.
  • Dedicate your energy to every time you repeat your affirmation. To parrot your affirmation undermines its power and is a waste of time.



Source: Affirmations by Anita Revel.
Check also the hundreds of affirmations to help you achieve your goal in your career, love, health, parenthood, community and more ... or have a bit of fun with this Affirmations Generator. When you have your perfect affirmation that flows easily, fluently and often, prepare to receive what you are helping to manifest.
Category: Articles & Essays | Meditation & Mind |


Friday, 05. September 2008
Ocean Air Meditation

Calm down or just relax ...

This self-directed meditation presents the ocean's beauty and peaceful images to enhance your meditation experience. Allow yourself to focus on the soothing music and calming imagery as you release the tension of the day. (10 minutes)




Here is the same meditation, but it's guided. You can connect with the life force that is within you on breathing. As you view images of the ocean and sea life, focus on your breath as a way to center yourself. (10 minutes)



Enjoy!
Category: Meditation & Mind |


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