Sleep-less or more.

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“Mom, why do we sleep?” “The sun goes off to sleep and so do we. This way we recharge our energies to play again the next day”. And it made sense to my six-year-old brain. I don’t think, as a kid, we ever had trouble falling asleep. Even when the temperature of the room was not near perfect; even if the mattresses were not extra soft; even if we had a scuffle in the recess; we always fell asleep as soon as we hit the bed. As adults, even though we understand how significant sleep is and at times really…

The Science Delusion

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The “scientific worldview” is immensely influential because the sciences have been so successful. Their achievements touch all our lives through technologies and through modern medicine. Our intellectual world has been transformed through an immense expansion of our knowledge, down into the most microscopic particles of matter and out into the vastness of space, with hundreds of billions of galaxies in an ever-expanding universe. But now that science and technology seem to be at the peak of the power, when their influence has spread all over the world and when their triumph seems indisputable, unexpected problems are disrupting the sciences from…

The World of Sound: Sound Therapy and Vibrational Healing

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Welcome to the World of Sound Everything in this world we live in is vibrating, and if look deeper, everything is a vibration. Concepts such as the Big Bang, the butterfly effect, and even meditation are based on the properties of energy and vibrations. By observing these properties, we also come to the principles of using sound and vibrations in therapeutic ways. These are not new principles. It is theorized that the didgeridoo, used by Australian aboriginal people, has been used for sound healing for over 40,000 years. This roughly coincides with the emergence of modern humans – one of…

Building the Inner Temple

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Awareness of the Present Moment brings the divine into your daily life As Rumi said, “I looked in temples, churches, and mosques. But I found the divine within my heart.” I call the kind of communion Rumi was talking about “prayer,” giving the word a broader connotation than we usually assign. As we cultivate awareness of the divine within our hearts, we become “walking prayers” and sacred activists. We embody the sacred in our hearts and grow our communities and world. As we “pray beyond borders” we realize our prayers are the language of the heart with many voices singing…

Staying Close

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Since everything is sacred, staying close to what is sacred is a matter of presence and attention more than travel to some secret place. In essence, staying close is a pilgrimage to the heart of where we are. Since it is we who lose our directness of living, our task is often to restore that freshness of being alive. Stories help us. They are teachers. They are medicine. They keep us connected to what matters. They keep us awake. Like roots finding water, we always wind up moving toward what sustains us. Some stories are personal. Some have come from…

Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife

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As a renowned journalist who has traveled the world and covered all manner of topics, what was your motivation behind pursuing what many would consider a “fringe” topic? I’m interested in large mysteries, unexplained by science, which are well documented and therefore undeniable. They expand our sense of who we are and our place in the universe. I don’t consider this topic to be “fringe”—it is simply difficult to study, often misunderstood, and can’t offer “proof.” Many scientists don’t accept the reality of phenomena that challenge their understanding of the laws of physics. That’s completely understandable. History shows that gullible…

TAROT: How To Use Tarot For Growth And Self-Awareness

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As you can probably tell from my last article (3 Reasons Why The Future Isn’t The Place To Be Looking), I’m not a huge advocate of the fortune-telling approach to Tarot. Not to say that fortune-telling doesn’t work. In fact, Tarot’s ability to tell the future is not only widely acknowledged and exceedingly popular – far more popular than any other use of the cards: It also works. Up to a point. I write, “Up to a point,” for two main reasons: no-one knows just how set in stone the future is, so Tarot’s accuracy as a divinatory tool is…

YOGA: The Pause In Between The Bumps

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There’s a moment when yoga isn’t something you only practice on the mat, but something you live. It happened to me on an airplane. I’m not a good flier, but I learned to let yoga live, inside the pause between the bumps. (Katy Bowman used this expression when talking about her fear of flying). There’s a line drawn when you feel terror, and when crossed, it’s nearly impossible to find center. For me, it’s the panic on a plane, leaving me rocking back and forth, moaning (no exaggeration). I could stop travelling and miss out on moments that live outside…

Keeping Your Freezer Perpetually Full and Stocked

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Freezers require electricity. Electricity costs money. If all you have in your freezer is ice, then you’re essentially spending money to save ice, and you’re not spending it very economically if your freezer isn’t full. Freezers are a brilliant innovation. At one point in history, people didn’t even have access to ice as a preservative, let alone electric freezers. It may seem strange, but there used to be a monopoly on ice. Back then, food spoiled rapidly and couldn’t be transported. Now, though, we’re able to keep food preserved indefinitely right in our own homes. Freezers are convenient. If you…

Flower Power

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Blissfully blossoming in a large lawn or merrily smiling in a hanging pot; standing tall in a vase or sometimes a long forgotten wrinkled bud between the pages of a book; flowers enchant us every time we see them. Celebrations, gifts, prayers, festivals, birthdays, funerals- flowers are present in every ritual of our lives. Are they just the decorative ornaments? Did the Creator just put them to bring colors to a green world? Butterflies, hornets and bees disagree. The world is not only just a happier and vibrant place because of them but also they help to keep it cooler…

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