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Scientists suspect that one element of the obesity epidemic is that the brains of obese people respond differently to images of delicious, calorically dense foods. Obese individuals’ brains seem to light up at the sight of donuts, pizza, and other calorie bombs, even when they’re no longer hungry.
Some studies have suggested that this heightened activity might predispose people to overeating. Today, nearly 40 percent of American adults are obese, and obesity is predicted to become the leading cause of cancer among Americans, replacing smoking, within five or 10 years. (It’s still not clear yet which comes first—the obesity or the overactive brain activity.) “Part of the reason for the obesity epidemic is that people eat when they’re not hungry,” says Elizabeth Lawson, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a neuroendocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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DNA genetic analysis proves link between Ancient Polynesians and Indigenous South Americans. Source: Ruben Ramos-Mendoza / Nature
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Genetic Analysis Shows Early Contact Between South Americans and Polynesians
New evidence is emerging about the links between Polynesian and South American populations in the Pacific before the arrival of the Europeans. The theory that South Americans first colonized Easter Island, and other islands, was often considered to be faintly ridiculous. However new genetic studies show that it may be partly true. It appears that Polynesians met South Americans around 1150 AD. This could radically transform the history of the Pacific and also that of Latin America.
In 1947 the famous Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, in his craft the Kon-Tiki, sailed from Peru to Polynesia. This was a remarkable journey and made Heyerdahl world famous. This journey was also an attempt to prove his migration theory. The Norwegian argued that “Polynesia was initially populated by South Americans,” according to Nature. For decades, this idea has not been taken seriously in the academic community.
Evidence of Pre-Colombian Contact
However, evidence has emerged that appears to prove that there were some pre-Columbian contacts between South America and Polynesia. Scientists found that the sweet potatoes found on many Pacific Islands originated on the continent of America. They then made their way across Polynesia roughly a millennium ago. The National Geographic reports that “the Polynesian name for the root vegetable— kuumala—resembles its names in the Andean Quechua language: kumara and cumal.” On the other hand, the birdman competition that used to take place on Rapa Nui, another name for Easter Island, has similarities to cultic practices from South America. These similarities persuaded a team of geneticists to examine if there was any genetic link between the two populations separated by thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean .
An earlier 2014 study had found that some inhabitants of Rapa Nui had genes that were inherited from indigenous South Americans . However, the latest study decided to collect samples from seventeen Pacific island communities and fifteen Native American populations from the Pacific coast of South America to detect any genetic signatures to demonstrate historic contacts with Latin America. The National Geographic quotes Andrés Moreno-Estrada, a Mexican geneticist, as saying that “previous studies have been only focusing on the possibility of [Rapa Nui] being the point of contact” and his team wanted to explore other possibilities.
Genetic analysis appears to prove that Polynesians have genetic roots tracing back to diverse regions across the Pacific and the Americas, denoting the mixed origin of the population. (Ruben Ramos-Mendoza / Nature)
Genetic analysis appears to prove that Polynesians have genetic roots tracing back to diverse regions across the Pacific and the Americas, denoting the mixed origin of the population. (Ruben Ramos-Mendoza / Nature)
Genetic Analysis: Relationship Between Polynesians and Native South Americans
According to Nature News and Views , the teams' research involved comparing the “dominant Polynesian DNA markers with those of people from other regions.” Their findings were analyzed using ADMIXTURE software which allowed them to identify the genes of a person and their geographic origins. What they discovered was amazing.
Genetic analysis of genetic evidence appears to prove that Polynesians are related to present-day Indigenous people, especially from the coast of Colombia and Ecuador. Interestingly, the DNA study concludes that the earliest contact was on Fatu Hiva, an island in the South Marquesas islands, sometime around 1150 AD, and not Rapa Nui which is much closer to the coast of South America . “Their model suggests that the mixed population then spread from central-eastern Polynesia around AD 1200,” explains Nature News and Views in discussing the research conducted by Ioannidis et al..
Moai statues at the Rano Raraku site on Easter Island (Javier Blanco / Nature)
Did Contact First Occur on Easter Island?
It appears that Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, itself was not the initial point of contact between the two populations. This is surprising because Rapa Nua is far closer to South America. However, “That’s where the winds and currents will take you if you’re drifting,” explains one of the study’s lead authors, Alexander Ioannidis of Stanford University, in the Smithsonian. It is possible that they were cast ashore on Fata Hiva where they either met Polynesians who already lived there or who arrived after them.
Nature News and Views reports that genetic evidence points to “another independent connection with Native South Americans took place on Rapa Nui” sometime in the 14 th century. This is an important finding as it coincides with the development of new stone working styles and the emergence of monumental works on the island. The genetic evidence would seem to confirm earlier theories that there was cultural contact between South Americans and Polynesians.
DNA Study reveals connection between Brazil and Polynesia. Well, how?
However, the authors are cautious about such a theory. Their article in Nature explains that the admixture evident “is likely to have originated from a contact event, not on Rapa Nui, but somewhere upstream in the Polynesian settlement process.” Therefore, the genetic admixture seen in Easter Islanders was as a result of the mixture of Polynesians and Native American genes rather than direct contact. The Smithsonian quotes Paul Wallin, who examined the study’s results, as saying that “the surprising thing is that the Rapa Nui admixture happened later, although the cultural impact might have been stronger there than in other parts of East Polynesia.”
Polynesian Visitors of South America
This research raises the question of whether the Polynesians, who were amazing navigators, reached the coast of Latin America or did South Americans travelled west. Ioannidis states that “I favor the Polynesian theory since we know that the Polynesians were intentionally exploring the ocean and discovering some of the most distant Pacific islands around exactly the time of contact”, reports the Jerusalem Post . This argument suggests that the ancestors of modern-day Pacific Islanders visited coastal Ecuador or Columbia. It is possible that “a group of Polynesian people voyaged to northern South America and returned together with some Native American individuals, or with Native American admixture,” explain the researchers in Nature.
The latest findings would seem to be aligned with the various linguistic and other evidence that supports the theory of contact between Polynesians and Native Americans. More archaeological and other studies are needed to prove and to clarify the links. What is apparent is that we need to rethink our understanding of the history of the Pacific.
The full paper is available from Nature.
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The Pacific Ocean is a world filled with diverse and remote islands, which are the home to some truly unique natives. Many of these islands were discovered comparatively recently in our history, and...
Bananas Helped Ancient Lapita Culture Colonize Oceania
Scientists studying the teeth of the ancient Lapita people of Oceania , have found evidence that they survived on bananas, along with seeds and other fruits. This discovery is helping researchers to...
Ruins of Malden Island and The Mysterious Roads that Lead into the Sea
Malden is a tiny, island in the central Pacific Ocean, covering about 15 square miles in area. It is one of the Line Islands belonging to the Republic of Kiribati and while there are no resident...
Pukao Study Claims Easter Island had a Cooperative Community Not A Warrior Culture
Analysis of these giant stone hats found on Rapa Nui, Chile (Easter Island) provides evidence contrary to the widely held belief that the ancient civilization had a warrior culture. According to a...
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Etymology: Sahaja, Naturalness
The term ‘Sahaja’ has been translated to mean “spontaneous” and “natural”. Etymologically, it derives from “saha” – which means ‘together’ and “ja” – which means “to be born.”
Therefore, the direct translation is “born together” or “emerged together.”
b) The Significance of Sahaja
So, in this case, the understatement is the fundamental idea that the Spiritual freedom, the Liberation is not “something” (an energy or a reality) external to us. The Liberation and our being “come into being” or “get born” together. On the other hand, sahaja suggests that samsara (the manifested world) and nirvana (the transcendent reality) are “born together” and, therefore, there must be a common underlying background where they originally came from and where they coexist.
The individual (the subject or experiencer) who succeeds to remain in the Spiritual Heart gets to actually live in the Reality revealed to him not only in ecstatic meditations, in nirvana, but also in the world – samsara. Thus, samsara becomes integral part of the Reality. The wisdom of maintaining the true natural spontaneity or sahaja was termed, in Buddhism, “the direct spiritual path” (uju-patha) or “the royal path” (raja-patha). The dzogchen tradition terms it as the Natural State.
Unlike the states of cosmic consciousness or samadhi , experienced only in meditation, sahaja brings this realization down to the level of the physical body and of the material world. In this process, the hatha yoga practices have their own importance.
The Yoga of the Spiritual Heart includes methods and techniques focused on favoring the awakening and expression of the state of sahaja, naturalness (natural simplicity).
c) The reconciliation of opposites
Once we have the intuition of eternity, we start to have a different attitude toward what is not permanent, toward the ephemeral or temporary. We start to perceive it also as an expression or manifestation of the Spiritual Heart. And then any and all oppositions between the Eternal and the ephemeral, between the Divine Oneness and the multiplicity of objects, cease to exist. Then, we exist at the same time as “I am” and “I become”, in the Absolute Reality of the Self and in everyday routine life. Meister Eckhart referred to this state by using the metaphor of “the hinge which remains fixed while the door is moving.”
The return, at all levels (physical, psychic, mental) to the state of perfect naturalness, sahaja, keeps us fixated within the unifying intuitive knowledge of the Reality.
This is also the message of the Yoga of the Spiritual Heart.
d) The Holistic vision
Through the practice of the Yoga of the Spiritual Heart, we open ourselves to sahaja, spontaneity, naturalness, freedom which radiate continuously from the Heart. The naturalness or candor of this feeling is expressed through essential simplicity. But this simplicity includes everything. It is a holistic vision, which means that it is non-dualistic and all-pervasive.
It is a pure feeling which comes from the Heart in each and every moment of life.
This feeling is detached and very intimate at the same time. It is the simplicity of the Witness Consciousness.
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Why Empaths Are Actually Allergic to Fake People
Empaths could be defined as one of the most wonderful species on earth. They utilize their special ability on identifying emotions of others to make critical and amazing changes in lives.
These empaths are much sensitive when compared to an average person. They are really honest and open.And cannot stand fake because they start sensing when someone is taking an approach with fake and bad intentions.
Their ability can never be switched off; so they tend to read the minds disregarding the liking of the other person. When a fake person is around; an empath knows it. It is really annoying and frustrating for them to be surrounded by such people; so they get rid of all the relationships with those ill hearted people who act out and keep lying for their personal gains. Simply empaths are allergic to all the shitty things committed by fake people.
Empaths have only little friend circles since they get rid of people who don’t expose their real nature. As a result only the essence get remained around them. Those remaining people a circle of support with lots of positive aura around empaths.
They love to help others but there is nothing that they can do when the other person doesn’t expose themselves.
As mentioned earlier; empaths are very different from all the other people on earth.Their thoughts are deep, intense and strong; and even the things they feel have the same qualities. If you are taking the approach like a polite gentlemen; but you have a negative aura with bad intentions; empaths start feeling nervous until you move away. That’s the scenario within them.
But finally it should be saidbeing an empath turns out to a double edged sword in some cases.
There is a lot more to being an empath than you might think. It is truly a double-edged sword sometimes.
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What is “Prana”?
“Prana”, also called universal energy, the energy of life, ki, qi, or divine energy, is the substance behind all creation.
It is the substance that allows objects to live in an inert state, as well as the essence of what makes living things live and move.
It is the one cosmic principle, the fundamental of life. Without it, nothing exists.
What evidence is there for the existence of Prana?
What is the most obvious evidence of prana?
On a scientific level, Kirlian photography which was discovered in 1939, shows that everything, even inanimate objects, have an aura that has nothing to do with lighting or a trick of the eyes. It is evidence that there is some ‘force’ within and behind things.
More concrete science that is publicly accepted, also points towards the existence of prana. On a subatomic level, electronics move with velocity. How do they move of their own accord and how do they seem to never run out of the energy that allows them to move? Electrons do borrow energy from one another, but if there were no sustained energy that was more particulate than the electron’s potential and kinetic energy, the universe would collapse from lack of energy as each electron would borrow from every other electron and everything would cease to exist.
There is also significant research that shows that one can observe the flow of prana, and even control its movement. “Energy healing” is a common practice today. The fundamental idea behind energy healing is that disease creates a state of low energy or prana in the diseased part of the body (or in the diseased mind or emotions), and that by guiding prana through subtle practice and concentration, one can intensely increase the rate of healing and even cure the disease. There is a lot of research that credits this theory.
The Spiritual Aspect of Prana – Its Origin and Purpose
How did prana come to be? Why does it exist?
It has been said, after deep contemplation by millions of people of the past and today, that the universe existed as a tiny contraction of existence no larger than a pin-point billions of years ago. This thinking is also mirrored by modern science in the ‘big bang theory’.
Prana existed in a state of non-activity and self-union. It was prana resting within itself, with no will or intention.
Then, at some point, this consciousness decided to express a will. It said something in the order of ‘I am one. Why not be many? I exist without movement. Why not move?
And so, there was an explosion of consciousness and the fabric of the universe expanded instantaneously to create creation. Prana started experiencing itself as myriad forms. By becoming many, it became self-cognizant, and fundamental meaning came into existence. For what Is the point of something capable of existing at all, if it cannot experience itself? It is like diamonds buried beneath the earth. Better it be on pendants and wedding rings.
The Spiritual Aspect of Prana – Conscious Spirituality
All forms of spirituality are an act of seeking. It is the seeking of prana to experience itself in a more deep and thorough way. Only through refining its self-consciousness can it give meaning to its own existence. That is the mystery of existence.
Those practices that deal directly with prana, such as Yoga or Qi Gong, seek to unite prana with itself in the most conscious way. They seek to first be aware of prana, then direct this awareness – which is nothing but prana in itself – towards prana more and more over time.
This results in ultimate self-cognizance. Illumination. Or from the perspective of the universal consciousness, self-illumination.
The Spiritual Aspect of Prana: Ancient Indian Texts and Traditions
Ancient Indian texts and understandings are very close to this practice and comprehension of spirituality.
They have many terms that do not exist in Western languages, for ascribing meaning and giving direction to aspirants who wish to be closer to the great mystery of the universe.
“Chitta” is the self-conscious aspect of prana. It is consciousness. It is the evolution of prana to the state where it can cognize itself. Prana is the substance of chitta. Chitta is beingness, awareness, and knowledge – the memory, present, and future of prana as self-awareness.
Both prana and consciousness must exist for life to exist. Prana on its own existed at some point. It was a state of existence where nobody lived. Then it became conscious of itself – and living beings were born. In between prana and chitta is “vasana” or desire. Without the desire to become self-aware, there would have been no direction in the evolution of prana that made it conscious. A living being is called a “prani”.
Humans as Prana
The quantum of prana of each individual is indicated by the power of their personality and depth of their souls – which is a direct reflection of their capacity to wield prana. Some people are more fascinating, commanding, and fascinating due to the level of their prana, the strength of their self-consciousness, and the length of the memory of their consciousness of themselves. This is not to be confused with ordinary memory, but the deeper memory of the soul wherein it remembers when it came to be and for how long it has been.
How is our Prana impacted by us?
Positive thoughts, higher emotions and yogic practices generate higher levels of Prana and obliterate pockets of low Prana in our systems.
On the other hand, negative or dull and repetitive thoughts, base emotions and heavy drinking or smoking or perverted sexual conduct greatly reduce our level of prana and create pockets of low prana that become blockages in our systems.
When the sexual urge and its energy are transformed from base carnal desire to love, Prana is conserved within our system and becomes ‘Ojas’ – a subtler form of energy. This energy accumulates in the brain and becomes a force for creative and spiritual development.
Yoga and the ‘Yogi’
In its essence, Yoga is a conscious attempt at connecting with spirit and transforming oneself into a more pranic being. Thus, there are many forms of Yoga – ‘bhakti’ or devotion, ‘karma yoga’ which has to do with performing acts in daily life that align oneself with prana and the higher principle of existence, ‘jnan’ yoga which involves meditating to directly illuminate the cosmic principle with one’s mind, and so on and so forth. A ‘yogi’ is one who practices some form of Yoga.
A yogi stores an abundance of prana within himself, just as a battery stores electricity.
The luminosity of his prana radiates strength, health and wellness to all around him.
Interactions of Prana in everyday life
At the material level one also receives prana from the environment – food, water, sun and the air.
Ancient Indian scriptures categorize foods by the quality of their prana. There are three kinds of food: sattvic, rajasic, and tamasic. Sattvic food has a neutral, healthy prana that nourishes the body deeply and affects the mind and emotions in a gentle, positive way. Tamasic foods have a less desirable amount of prana and affect the body-mind by dulling and slowing it. Rajasic foods also have less prana, but due to the way it impacts the body-mind, they are classified as foods that cause restlessness and agitation.
Pure air is essential not only for oxygen, but for the prana it provides.
The quality of air that one breathes affects one’s energy level directly.
The exhilaration and vitality one experiences near a waterfall or high in the mountains is because the quantum of prana in the air is significantly higher in these places.
On the other hand, when one is exposed to pollution or recycled or ‘canned’ air, the energy level quickly begins to decline.
Working with Prana
Prana is not received solely from external sources; it is also self-generated and its quality can be refined and directed. One can work with one’s own prana to enhance vitality and strength, cure diseases, boost capability and efficiency, and evolve to a higher consciousness.
The breath is the external manifestation of prana. A slower, longer exhalation indicates that prana is being more efficiently utilized by the body – more prana is being consumed from each atom of oxygen.
This is why yogic practices attach importance to different breathing practices, called ‘pranayama’.
The Brain and Prana
In the biological system, the brain uses the most prana. If the brain is not supplied sufficiently, the mind becomes restless and disturbed, constantly engaging in negative thoughts. This explains why when one is hungry or ill, one becomes irritable. The level of prana in the brain is greatly reduced.
As one works with prana through pranayama, its quality and quantum increases. The average human utilizes only one-tenth of his brain. Pranayama activates the dormant brain because huge amounts of prana are required to activate the whole brain and this practice is an enabler. Thus it awakens the genius in any individual.
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In the yogic tradition, powers gained through use of mantras, amulets, or drugs are not regarded with as much respect, or considered to be as permanent, as those earned through dedicated meditative practice. The promise of these siddhi superpowers has little to do with traditional religious faith, divine intervention, or supernatural miracles. As Buddhist scholar Alan Wallace says,
“In Buddhism, these are not miracles in the sense of being supernatural events, any more than the discovery and amazing uses of lasers are miraculous— however they may appear to those ignorant of the nature and potentials of light. Such contemplatives claim to have realized the nature and potentials of consciousness far beyond anything known in contemporary science. What may appear supernatural to a scientist or a layperson may seem perfectly natural to an advanced contemplative, much as certain technological advances may appear miraculous to a contemplative.”
Yogic wisdom describes many variations of the siddhis. Today we’d associate the elementary siddhis with garden-variety psychic phenomena. They include telepathy (mind- to- mind communication); clairvoyance (gaining information about distant or hidden objects beyond the reach of the ordinary senses); precognition (clairvoyance through time), and psychokinesis (direct influence of matter by mind, also known as PK).
For most people, psychic abilities manifest spontaneously and are rarely under conscious control. The experiences tend to be sporadic and fragmentary, and the most dramatic cases occur mainly during periods of extreme motivation. By contrast, the siddhis are said to be highly reliable and under complete conscious control; as such they could be interpreted as exceedingly refined, well-cultivated forms of psychic phenomena.
The more advanced siddhis are said to include invisibility, levitation, invulnerability, and superstrength, abilities often associated with comic book superheroes. All these abilities are also described in one form or another in shamanism and in the mystical teachings of religions. In fact, most cultures throughout history have taken for granted that superpowers are real, albeit rare, and surveys today continue to show that the majority of the world’s population still firmly believes in one or more of these capacities.
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With the emergence of the science of heroism there now exists both theoretical and empirical literature on the characteristics of our everyday hero. We seek to expand this inquiry and ask what could be the causes and conditions of a superhero. To address this we investigate the origins of mindfulness, Buddhist psychology and the assertion that its practitioners who have attained expertise in mindfulness practices can develop supernormal capabilities. Examining first their foundational eight “jhana” states (levels of attention) and the six consequent “abhinnas” (siddhis or special abilities) that arise from such mental mastery, we then explore any evidence that mindfulness practices have unfolded the supernormal potential of its practitioners. We found a growing base of empirical literature suggesting some practitioners exhibit indicators of enhanced functioning including elevated physical health and resistance to disease, increased immunity to aging and improved cognitive processing, greater resilience and fearlessness, more self-less and pro-social behaviors, some control over normally autonomic responses, and possibly some paranormal functionality. These improvements in normal human functioning provide some evidence that there are practices that develop these abilities, and as such we might want to consider adopting them to develop this capability. There are however insufficient studies of expert meditators and more research of adepts is called for that explores the relationship between levels of attentional skill and increases in functionality. We propose in search of the superhero, that if conventional mindfulness training can already augment mental and physical capabilities, a more serious inquiry and translation of its advanced methods into mainstream psychological theory is warranted.
Keywords: mindfulness, heroism, superhero, superpowers, human potential, meditation, enlightenment, Buddhism
Whilst the study of the behaviors and attributes of heroes has undergone a renaissance in recent years (Allison and Goethals, 2013), the characteristics of a superhero has remained the stuff of fiction. What we are gathering about our everyday heroes however is certainly inspiring and seemingly within our grasp: they are characterized by prosocial activity, though sometimes contrary to the status quo (Staats et al., 2008) they share some but not all of the qualities of moral role models such as a respect for humanity; they have a willingness to act in accord with their own ideals; and they often sacrifice self-interest for the sake of others (Colby and Damon, 1992).
Yet while all of us appear intermittently capable of such heroic acts, we don't seem to have the ability to be consistently heroic (Walker et al., 2010), let alone be relied upon to save the world (Becker, 1973). In fact our choices usually depend upon the situation (Zimbardo, 2007) as it seems our character is often too fragmented (Doris, 2002) to be reliable (Fischer et al., 2006). However, when we do act heroically such behavior seems to contain three core elements: service to others; is voluntarily chosen; and it brings possible risk or cost to the individual (Franco and Zimbardo, 2006, 2011). Typically people we see as heroes are known for demonstrating outside the norm behaviors (Hakanen, 1989), and perhaps we might question if we could do the same, or at least be able to develop these attributes over time. However not much is known on what might be predictable developmental steps (Erikson, 1982) that create a hero (Baltes et al., 2006; Callina et al., 2016) and whether we could be trained as children or adults to predictably think and behave heroically...,
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The orgone accumulator (ORAC) is a device, conceived by the Austrian scientist Wilhelm Reich in the 1940s, which he claimed would
concentrate a vital energy from the atmosphere. Reich ascertained the ORAC to be useful in medical therapies of several diseases, even
though the energy concentrated inside the accumulator could not be classified under any of the traditional known energies of the time.
In order to better understand ORAC’s effects on healthy people, 20 persons were considered for this study. They were treated inside the
device for 45 minutes. Body temperature and skin resistance on Electro Permeable Points (EPP) were measured, before and after ORAC
exposure, by a mercury thermometer, and by a Bio-Feedback (BFB) instrument (according to the Ryodoraku technique), respectively. Our
results showed a significant statistical difference of the pre- and post-ORAC exposure body temperature of 0.242 °C (p=0,006), evaluated
by the StudentT-test at a significance level of 0.05. Ryodoraku measurement variations were more complex to evaluate. Nevertheless these
latter results suggest the ORAC might have some effects on human health due to a parasympathetic nervous system activation which
cannot be considered only a result of a placebo effect.
INTRODUCTION: THE REICH
Orgonomy is the science developed by the Austrian
scientist Wilhelm Reich at the beginning of the
last century. The medical applications of Orgonomy
originate from natural healing processes related to a
cosmic vital energy, that Reich called orgone energy,
which could be concentrated within a special device
he invented called the orgone energy accumulator.
existence of such a cosmic vital energy was known
since ancient times.
2 In India, this energy was called
Prana, in the Jewish Kabbalah it was called Yesod or
Astral Light, a concept that the Cristian culture later
elaborated representing Jesus and the Saints
surrounded by a halo of yellow light, while the
Chinese called it Chi. Pythagoras around 500 BC
spoke about this energy as a luminous substance that
could produce different effects on the human
organism. Paracelsus many centuries later called it
Arqueo o Munia, defining it as a vital force and matter,
and comparing it to an irradiating essence with
beneficial effect on human health. Around 1730 AD
quite popular was Mesmer, a German physician who,
studying the therapeutic effects of magnets, came to
theorise the existence of a subtle fluid called Animal
Magnetism. Mesmer, according to the hypothesis of
Newton on the existence of an universal substance
(later called Ether) that acts as a medium through
which gravity and light could travel through,
conceived the presence of a invisible and imponderable
fluid, whose deficiency in the organism was
responsible for diseases. Later on Hahnemann
included Mesmerism amongst the methodologies
useful “to dynamically infuse vital energy to the ill”.
These vital energy effects have been prejudicially
dismissed by the medical community under the
category of the placebo effect....... http://journals.sfu.ca/seemj/index.php/seemj/article/viewFile/452/413
|Posted on October 15, 2019 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
As published in Phoenix Recovery News and Creations Magazine
Most people in the "recovery" or "therapy" process yearn for sexual healing. I make this statement as a therapist and as a human being who has facilitated myself and many others on the journey.
Sexual healing is the shame-free revisiting of complex sexual histories, limitations and perceptions combined with new awareness, understanding, and compassion. In the process of this rejuvenation, we learn how to merge our spiritual and sexual energies. The "sexual-spiritual split" is a culturally induced, deep psychic schism that haunts relationships and precludes emotional fulfillment. Resolving this powerful inner conflict is necessary for true body, mind and spirit connections.
These guidelines can be used to illuminate and focus a core healing journey that is central to having life mastery, which is the awareness of aliveness, sensual pleasure and contentment.
Five graceful guidelines for sexual healing:
Increase Body Awareness
Share Sexual History
Dialogue in Relationship
Create Fusion Exercise
Rediscover adolescent awkwardness
1. Body Awareness. Introduce yourself to the possibility of bringing full body awareness and energy to your sexual regions. Some of us have depleted energy levels and a diminished sense of aliveness in their pelvic area and a full ness of energy in the heart region. Others feel constricted with their heart energy while an having intense pelvic charge. This is particularly evident in early intimacy and bonding.
Because of these culturally fragmented energy disbursement in the body, sexual motivation usually has more to do with feelings like neediness, escape from other feelings, and proving one's self-worth, than pure pleasure and the normal desire for interconnectedness. For many, pleasure can only be realized in highly charged scenarios. Often they are avoided because they are dangerous and/or self-destructive. Some of us are just fearfully frozen. Others become frustrated at a perceived lack of ability to negotiate the complexities. Many repeat unfulfilling patterns again and again. Whatever one's history may be, the following exercises have proven helpful in energizing and awakening sexual aliveness.
In Latin and most Eastern and metaphysical philosophies, the word "breath" is synonymous with "spirit." Conscious breathing brings energy (and spirit) into the body. This exercise will help improve anyone's ability to breathe and improve sexual aliveness. First, do conscious, deep breathing exercises focused in the groin. Imagine that you can take your breath all the way down to the perineum, that lowermost part of the crotch between the vagina and the rectum or the scrotum and the rectum. In reality, most feel they can't breathe into their perineum, yet imagination can produce surprising results. This exercise can be done while brushing your teeth, riding in a car, or for a few minutes before or after sleeping. While the results may not be immediate, with a little practice and patience, deeper breathing of this sort will help lead to spiritual-genital integration.
The "rotation exercise" is an exercise that you can combine with the conscious pelvic breathing. Stand up straight, put your feet shoulder-length apart, relax (unlock) your knees, and rotate your hips in a circular motion, stretching out in all directions as far as is comfortable. Imagine that you are standing in the center of a mostly empty peanut butter jar and you want to use your hip and pelvis, in a circular motion, to clean the peanut butter off the sides of the jar. Keep rotating, first in one direction, then the other. Lower and raise yourself to completely clean the inside of that jar. Attention to conscious breathing will be helpful. Take a moment or two to giddily and randomly move your pelvis, tuning into the energy and spontaneously moving and following your inner current. Just go with the flow for a few moments. You will begin, subtly at first, feeling a renewed aliveness in this region that is sensual, sexual, and centering - all at the same time.
These exercises are also excellent "warm-ups" for more pleasurable sexual experiences, alone or to be shared with a partner. (For additional information and exercises on all of the guidelines in this article see my book: The Journey Toward Complete Recovery: Reclaiming Your Emotional, Spiritual & Sexual Wholeness).
2. Sexual History. Begin a process of uncovering and sharing sexual secrets from your past with "safe" people. It is important to do this practice with those who are sensitive, understanding and compassionate listeners. These "secrets" are rightfully too sensitive to be exposed to individuals who will not afford them suitable respect. Along with these secrets there is a need to bring awareness to religious and other spiritually infused influences on your early sexual development and evolution.
I suggest writing a narrative history, or outline, to put one's sexual development in a historical perspective. This begins with the first remembered "exposure" to sex, sexual energy, or sexual material. Then, as best you can remember, recreate your development with subsequent incidents. This exercise will help put your current sexual expression in an understandable and historic context. By sharing this history with a safe person, one can further heal the sexual-spiritual split. After sharing "sexual histories in perspective" (in a shame-free setting), your psyche will gradually produce additional memories, further illuminating your history. Shared sexual histories provide a grounding and framework for your present experience while simultaneously creating a platform for new possibilities.
3. Dialogue in Relationship. Encourage yourself to risk cultivating meaningful dialogue around sexual issues in dating situations and with significant partners. The deepest interpersonal healing takes place in relationship. Finding and cultivating a safe partner(s) is, of course, pivotal. One can do a great deal of healing with therapists and within community. However, that healing will be limited by the appropriate professional and cultural boundaries of these relationships. To ultimately heal the sexual-spiritual split, we must explore relating to another human being while attempting to bring both polarized aspects of the split to this relationship without walls of shame arising. It is important to work through shameful aspects and feelings of inadequacy about sex with a partner. It is fine to move slowly. "Intention" and "willingness" are paramount.
4. Fusion Exercises. Consciously combine meditative, spiritual, or contemplative experiences with your own sexuality. Such experimentation is a very different and awkward experience for most people at first, but in time one feels a new and deeper connection with both pleasure and release. Sexual experiences often grow from being simply physical, (with genital concentration), to becoming a full-body, kinesthetic event that can be powerful and rewarding.
Suggesting a combination of sexual and spiritual experimenting often brings laughter and confusion. People always ask, "How are we supposed to do that?" They often break out in further embarrassed laughter and disbelief when I suggest, "Try experimenting with masturbating (or self-loving) and praying at the same time!"
This laughter is a defense. Notice how foreign the suggestion feels, emphasizing the reality of an internal dichotomy! Think about this in relation to merging your core sexuality with a spiritual, loving union or relationship with yourself or another.
Create rituals with candlelight, mirrors and incense for sessions of self-loving and self-pleasuring. Slowly begin to make a "special time & place" in your life for, and begin to exalt in, your body (however you may perceive it), your sexuality, alone or with a companion, as an ecstatic all-encompassing manifestation of your humanity.
Use your intuitive creativity and responsible, courageous risk-taking abilities to create your own additional practices to merge sexual and spiritual energies. Like flowers growing toward the sun, as we humans experience this fusion in our psyche, our bodies and our defensive reflexes organically grow toward sexual and spiritual unity.
5. Rediscover Adolescent Awkwardness. Become willing to enter a period of discovery which I call "adolescent awkwardness." In dating or in a significant long-term relationship - a time comes when the healing of this internalized sexual-spiritual schism must be addressed for the relationship to grow. We must surrender preconceived concepts regarding sexuality and intimacy and join another person in authentic adolescent discovery. Many of us missed a healthy adolescence, and therefore cannot go further into intimacy without visiting this important building block. It is important to give yourself permission to feel adolescent and awkward with yourself and another. It is rich, fertile ground in which to plant seeds of new awareness. Very workable and pleasing possibilities will grow from these seeds.
Appreciation of our own resistance signals the most important awareness of healing. All of the above exercises will initially bring resistance to the fore. This is good: we want to bring resistance up out of the unconscious, where it has ominous rule, and expose it to a "process of resolution." By connecting with the resistance, and moving through it, we have the opportunity to discern and untangle the diverse feelings and incidents that have formed themselves into walls of shame.
Whenever shame or blockage surfaces (often feeling like a wall) in a budding or long term intimate relationship, the struggle to share it is also the process of healthy adolescent development. It is the joining of less mature and more mature aspects of ourselves together in a sensitive, growing relationship. In this process, there is great value in the shame. Shame flirts with us. It lures us while at the same time it tries to hide. As suggested by the author Max Scheler, in his book, Shame and Pride, "It is from in and under the shame that our shimmering magic emerges."
Healing is Possible: Belief Creates the Experience
Combining love with sexual expression is an act of higher consciousness. It is important to believe that when two human beings share love's energy combined with erotic energies, a transcendent experience occurs, one that is often profoundly healing and enriching. This is a very sacred sharing and a goal of a fulfilling sexual experience. Reaching this goal is the result of a conscious give and take, a negotiation of the open-hearted experience of interconnectedness. Accepting that this is awkward, we need to learn to communicate our needs, desires and fantasies. Under each of the three currents are powerful and subtle feelings and energies that want to be expressed. Releasing these expressions help us grow holistically; they teach us about natural aggression and passivity, about our feminine and masculine energies, and about pleasuring and being pleasured. They help dissolve shame, insecurities, and to accept contradictions and complexities. It exposes the need to experience them fully for healing, growth and self understanding.
Contrary to what some believe about healthy sexuality, we need to learn that healthy loving expression includes the expression of our more shadowy desires as well as our tenderness. The delicate opening up of our repressed sexual histories, variations, deviations, and fantasies is enriching as well as healing. True and spiritual lovemaking is the interweaving choreography of our higher and our shadow selves. A holistic experience involves bringing together aspects of higher and lower self -- how beautiful, and so very intimate to do so with open hearts.
Evaluating Healing Progress
To evaluate your progress in healing the sexual-spiritual split, I encourage you to simply ask yourself: What motives do I bring to sexuality? What do I want from the sexual aspect of my nature? You will know that the healing is progressing when the answers to these questions emphasize spiritual fulfillment, integrating aggression and passivity, power and surrender, femininity and masculinity, and the desire for personal and shared experiences of fulfillment, pleasure and higher consciousness.
Michael Picucci is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York. He is the author of The Journey Toward Complete Recovery: Reclaiming Your Emotional, Spiritual & Sexual Wholeness and is cofounder of The Institute for Authentic Process Healing...... https://www.personalgrowthcourses.net/stories/picucci_sexual_healing_guidelines
|Posted on October 15, 2019 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
All cultures govern relationships in various ways, especially sexual relationships. Our culture is particularly bound by fear of sexuality and that fear is translated to individuals from childhood on.
Sexual energy is the life force moving through the whole body and when it flows easily, it energizes all energy centers. However, sexual energy can get stuck, particularly if the heart center is afflicted. When someone relates to sex addictively, it is often because of significant blocks or leaks in one or more of the energy centers.
For the next few blogs, I will explore dilemmas associated with each energy center, progressing from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. These areas are:
Permission: Healing the Cultural Wounding
Trust: Securing the attachment
Self Empowerment: Ensuring healthy boundaries
Communion: Love without fear
Truth: Staying open and curious without judgment
Perception: Shaping the experience
Transcendence: Openness to ecstatic states of consciousness
THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO TAKING CARE OF YOUR MIND AND BODY
Permission: Healing the Cultural Wounding
All cultures govern relationships in various ways, especially sexual relationships. In their efforts to control the reproductive function of sex and to ensure legitimacy (as defined by any particular culture) there is an underlying fear of sexual energy because of the possible ways sexuality may be expressed by individuals. Our culture is particularly bound by fear of sexuality and that fear is translated to individuals from childhood on.
It is important to challenge the negative messages that are the source of cultural wounding. To experience truly flowing sexual energy, we must first move beyond negative cultural conditioning into positive, healthy attitudes. Sex therapists do this by giving accurate, evidence based information that softens the internalized shame and blame messages about sexuality. By reframing one's internal messages about sex to embrace the right to enjoy sexuality and make healthy personal choices, it opens the pathway to lifelong enhanced sexual energy.
What is needed is a shift in perspective: from shaming and criticizing based on some perceived sexual performance flaws to allowing the experience of simple pleasurable touch. In the third blog ("Multidimensional Orgasm"), I mentioned that there are three Levels of sexual energy and this blog is about Level I: the giving and receiving of pleasure in a relaxed, mutually enjoyable, and sometimes playful sensual experience. (Level II is Heart Centered and Level III is Transcendent).
One of my favorite techniques for healing the cultural wounding is to dispel common misinformation with these myth busters.
Myth # 1: Couples who love each other should automatically have good sex
The classic definition of intimacy is "The desire to know and be known by another," which means intimacy is not synonymous with sex. We know there are gender based intimacy differences according to cross cultural studies. Males typically learn side by side intimacy from early male bonding which is activity based. It leads to viewing sex as something one does to feel bonded, whereas females naturally seek face to face ways of bonding which leads to the need for connecting before any specific sexual touching. These differences can lead to hurt and misunderstanding where each is seeking a different pathway to intimacy.
Myth # 2: Other couples are having more and better sex than we are
Most people fall short of the supposed performance standards resulting in low desire in relationships. The stalemate of desire discrepancy affects over 75% of couples over the long term and is often constricted by performance anxiety and negative thoughts. One third of all men are rapid ejaculators (in 1948 Kinsey established that 75% of men ejaculate within 2 minutes) and 40% of men over 40 (70% of men over 70) have erection issues. Approximately 70% of women do not orgasm through intercourse alone and many have pain with intercourse some of the time. Access to our unbound orgasmic energy gets restricted because of misunderstanding and misperception which has at its heart the lack of permission to truly enjoy pleasure without a measurable goal.
Myth # 3: Sex should be natural and spontaneous (the way it used to be).
Courtship is often the gold standard to which all of our sexual interactions must be compared and when we lack that spark, we believe that something is very wrong. The recent studies by Helen Fisher reveal that brain functioning in the early stages of love is characterized by high levels of dopamine and norepinephrine which does not last. The myth that we should continue to feel that way is a real killer for enjoying encounters with long term partners. Simply put, long term healthy sexuality is:
The ability to receive pleasure and feel good about your own erotic sensations
The ability to give pleasure and enjoy your partner's responses and pay attention to what the partner wants without loosing your self
The openness to new experiences and sexual possibilities rather than rigid routines
To help couples let go of this myth, I teach them to create seductive settings together as a team -- without keeping score or blaming.
Myth # 4: It's easy to tell who has more desire and who has less desire in a relationship
There is a difference between arousal (physical signs) and desire (a complex interweaving of mind, body and emotions). Gender differences in hormones are important to understand because appetite sex is driven by testosterone which is 10 times more abundant in men, whereas connected sex is often desired by women. The intent of a sexual encounter may differ between partners, since the desire to simply have an orgasm is very different than the desire to make love. One partner may be more interested in a gourmet variety of sex whereas the other may prefer a basic "get it on" approach to sex. Communication skills are crucial to letting go of prejudices and actively listening to your partner's desires without judgment or reactivity.
Myth # 5: Low desire indicates some sexual abuse/high desire indicates addiction
Our culture is very quick to judge anyone else's sexual interests as outside of the norm, which can be very narrowly defined. Most of the time myth #5 is not true. However, if you suspect that you have either problem, you can find a certified and licensed professional. Two excellent sources of sex therapists located in your area are the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists and the Society of the Scientific Study of Sexuality
In my next blog, I will explore early attachment experiences which create trust issues blocking and distorting sexual energy. And as always, I welcome your comments and emails....... https://www.huffpost.com/entry/spiritual-sex-healing-the_b_316944
|Posted on October 9, 2019 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
Faith communities are a natural setting for suicide prevention. Spiritual beliefs and practices tend to help people experience greater hope and meaning in their lives. Faith communities can also provide opportunities for developing positive relationships with others and can be an important source of support during difficult times.
Why Address Suicide Prevention
Counseling related to suicide fits with the general role of faith community leaders.
People with mental health problems, including suicide risk, often turn to faith community leaders for help.
How Faith Communities Can Take Action
The best way to prevent suicide is to use a comprehensive approach that includes these key components:
Promote emotional well-being and connectedness among members of your faith community
Identify people who may be at risk for suicide and assist them in getting help.... http://www.sprc.org/settings/faith-communities
|Posted on October 7, 2019 at 2:45 PM||comments (0)|
The heart chakra, also known as the Anahata chakra, can be found at the center of the body. It balances the world of spirit (the three upper chakras) and the world of matter (the lower three chakras). It serves as a conduit for energy that is connected to love. When this area becomes blocked or closed, you may experience negativity in physical, emotional, and existential forms.
Clearing the Heart Chakra Step 1: Adopt a Mindset Based on Gratitude
Before you can clear your heart chakra, you must first adopt the right mindset. Push out negativity and view the world through a perspective that’s full of gratitude and appreciation. This will allow you to see the many positive things in your life, like friends and family. It is the foundation you need to begin bringing balance to the system.
Clearing the Heart Chakra Step 2: Restore Flow with Meditation
Meditation is a good practice for any chakra. Find a comfortable place and plan to meditate regularly. Make sure you won’t be disturbed while doing so. You don’t have to use this method for a long period, even five minutes each day can make a difference.
Clearing the Heart Chakra Step 3: Incorporate Green into Your Meditation
The heart chakra’s color is green, so try to incorporate this hue into your meditation efforts. Wear green clothing or add a decoration with the color. Plants are a good choice that works well in your home, office, or wherever you usually meditate.
Clearing the Heart Chakra Step 4: Use Affirmations to Build Self-Esteem
Heart chakra imbalances often come with self-esteem issues. Affirmations are a good way to help overcome these negative feelings about one’s self. Leave a note for yourself on your computer or the bathroom mirror – wherever you will see them. Repeat affirmations like “I forgive myself,” “I am open to love,” or “I am wanted and loved.”
Clearing the Heart Chakra Step 5: Heal with Essential Oils
Rose oil is ideal for healing the fourth chakra. It can help with depression and promotes positive thoughts and feelings, all good things for the heart chakra. You can also incorporate clary sage to boost the effect while relaxing the mind and body. Other options include bergamot, geranium, lavender, tangerine, ylang ylang, jasmine, and lemon oils.... https://buddhists.org/featured/clearing-the-heart-chakra-restore-internal-balance-with-gratitude-meditation/