Saturday, 20. September 2008
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 |


Tibetan Personality Test

The Tibetan Personality Test is quite short, it consists of only four questions, but you do need to think about your answers. Follow the instructions and take your time and like myself you may be surprised with the answers.

Be honest and do not cheat by looking up the answers. The mind is like a parachute; it works best when it is opened.

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And oh yes - first make a wish, then take the test.

Not sure what the Dalai Lama thinks of all this, but it's a great little time waster, one of the better ones out there.
Category: Games & Humor |


Kybalion

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Die Hermetik stammt aus der alt-ägyptischen Lehre des Hermes Trismegistos – so nannten die Griechen den ägyptischen Gott Thot, Hermes, Gott der Weisheit und Hermes der Götterbote. Dass die "wirklichen" Bücher, welche als Corpus Hermeticum bezeichnet werden, nicht früher als im 1. vorchristlichen Jahrhundert entstanden sein konnten, wurde von Isaac Casaubon 1614 durch philologische Argumente nachgewiesen.


Die grossen Werke, welche die Hermetik beschreiben, sind die Tabula Smaragdina, das Picatrix, das Corpus Hermeticum und das Kybalion.
Heute bringe ich Euch das Kybalium. Hier ein Auszug:

"Alles ist zweifach, altes ist Pole; alles hat seine zwei Gegensätze; Gleich und Ungleich ist dasselbe. Gegensätze sind ihrer Natur nach identisch, nur im Grad verschieden; Extreme begegnen einander; alle Wahrheiten sind nur Halb-Wahrheiten; alle Paradoxa können in Übereinstimmung gebraucht wenden." -- Das Kybalion

Dieses Prinzip enthält die Wahrheit, dass "alles zweifach ist", dass "alles zwei Pole hat", dass "alles seine zwei Gegensätze hat". Alle diese Sätze sind alte hermetische Axiome. Das Prinzip erklärt die alten Paradoxe, die so viele Menschen verblüfft haben, indem sie feststellen, "Thesis und Antithesis sind ihrer Natur nach identisch, nur im


Grad verschieden"; "Gegensätze sind dasselbe, sie unterscheiden sich nur im Grad"; "Jedes Paar von Gegensätzen kann in Übereinstimmung gebracht werden"; "Extreme begegnen sich"; "Alles ist und ist nicht zu gleicher Zeit"; "Alle Wahrheiten sind nur Halbwahrheiten"; "Jede Wahrheit ist halb falsch"; "Jedes Ding hat zwei Seiten" usw. usw.

Hier das ganze Buch:

Das Kybalion - PDF (German)

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The Hermetic comes from the old-Egyptian apprenticeship of the Hermes Trismegistos. Hermes Trismegistos (Greek for "Hermes the thrice-greatest") is the syncretism of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian Thoth. That the "actual" books which are designated as Corpus Hermeticum could not have emerged earlier than in the 1st century BC was proved of Isaac Casaubon 1614 through philological arguments.

The series which describe the Hermetik are The Tabula Smaragdina, The Picatrix, The Corpus Hermeticum and The Kybalion. Today I bring you the Kybalium. An Extract:

"Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled." -- The Kybalion.

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This Principle embodies the truth that "everything is dual"; "everything has two poles"; "everything has its pair of opposites," all of which were old Hermetic axioms. It explains the old paradoxes, that have perplexed so many, which have been stated as follows: "Thesis and antithesis are identical in nature, but different in degree"; "opposites are the same, differing only in degree"; "the pairs of opposites may be reconciled"; "extremes meet"; "everything is and isn't, at the same time"; "all truths are but half truths"; "every truth is half-false"; "there are two sides to everything," etc., etc., etc.


The complete book:

The Kybalion - PDF (English)
Category: Books & Magazines | Mystics & Alchemy |


Sunday, 31. August 2008
When UFOs Arrive

'UFO Files' is a documentary television series on The History Channel that covers the mysteries of the UFO phenomena. It first aired in 2004.

'When UFOs Arrive' examines the secretive government policies for dealing with extra-terrestrial visitation – from the military reporting guideline "JANAP-146", to a curious chapter in a FEMA disaster guide on what to do in case of a UFO crash.

'When UFOs Arrive' by History Channel, 2004,
Duration: 44 minutes



From the cover:

Go to the limits of human experience...and beyond. From the fringes of the galaxy to our own backyards, the UFO FILES searches for evidence of life beyond our world. Tracing the long, convoluted history of UFO encounters and research, this unique series opens new windows into the controversial field.

It's all hush-hush as we track a secretive global paper trail, delving into government plans on how to deal with other-planet visitors. Searching historical records, we find that protocols are in place--from the U.S. military's JANAP-146 reporting requirements to France's Cometa files, from Chapter 13 of the FEMA Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control titled "Enemy Attack and UFO Potential", to a now-repealed federal law titled "Extraterrestrial Exposure".
Category: Movies & TV | Ufo's & Aliens |


Modern Magick

"No one can give you magickal powers.
You have to earn them.
There is only one way to do this:
Practice! Practice! Practice!"


Excerpt:

Many magickal rituals will be given in these lessons for you to practice. These should aid you in your psychic and magickal development. However, even though thousands of people throughout history have successfully shown their proficiency in magickal techniques, quite frankly I cannot guarantee your success. This is because the ability to perform Magick successfully is dependent upon what you put into it. Many people, however, have told me of their great successes using the traditional techniques given in these pages.

The best way to use this book is to go through it, page by page, studying each of the ideas and practicing each of the techniques as they come up.

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Let me make clear at the outset that this course will not teach "BlackMagick." You will not be required to do anything contrary to your moral or ethical values. You will not be "summoning up" any demons, devils or evil entities.

Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts by Don Kraig
Llewellyn Publications, 2nd edition, 2002 | 600 pages | PDF | 29,2 MB
This is the ONE for beginners and experienced as well!
Category: Books & Magazines | Magick & Witchcraft |


Magic Landscapes

At the first glance, the oil paintings of Michael Kraehmer may appear to be photographs. However, they are not reproductions of visual reality, but reflect meditative visions of the artist. Not the geographic location of a landscape is of relevance to him, but it's atmosphere, it's spiritual effect on the spectator. Thus, the paintings actually depict spiritual landscapes which are expressions of mental experiences.

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The paintings invite you to expose yourself to their cosmic silence and to lose yourself into their magic realm. Our perception is intrigued to enter infinite imaginary worlds, where sometimes the doors of perception open beyond the horizon, to reveal even further light-flooded transcendental spheres.


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Magic Landscapes
The fantastic-realistic oil paintings of Michael Kraehmer (English and German)
Category: Art & Visions |


The 8-Bit Tarot Project

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Welcome to the home of the 8-bit Tarot! The illustrations are based on the classic Rider-Waite tarot, generally considered the de facto standard among modern tarot decks.

These cards are being designed at a resolution of 88x152 pixels, using the standard MacOS palette.

Cards Finished: 57
Cards Left to Go: 21


The 8-Bit Tarot Project by Indigo Kelleigh.
I kind of like it.
Category: Tarot & Oracles |


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