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The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions. By Maria Popova “Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a continuing act of creation. Dream images are the product of that creation.” For the past half-century, sleep researcher Rosalind D. Cartwright has produced some of the most compelling and influential work in the field, enlisting modern science in revising and expanding the theories of Jung and Freud about the role of sleep and dreams in our lives. One particularly fascinating aspect of her research deals with dreaming as a mechanism for regulating negative emotion and the relationship between REM sleep and depression: The more severe the depression, the earlier the first REM begins. But what has perplexed researchers is that when these depressed patients are awakened 5 minutes into the first REM sleep episode, they’re unable to explain what they are experiencing.

Brain imaging technology has helped to shed light on this mystery. This brings us to the regulatory purpose of dreaming. Donating = Loving. Narcissism. The Nine Veils that Shroud the Human Soul. A. True Ott, PhD., GuestWaking Times Any dedicated seeker of truth eventually stumbles upon the incredible symmetry and structure of mathematics, which is especially true in fractal geometry involving the integers 1-9. For a most basic example, just take a look at these nine equations: (1 x 8) + 1= 9 (12 x 8) + 2 = 98 (123 x 8) + 3 = 987 (1234 x 8) + 4 = 9876 (12345 x 8) + 5 = 98765 (123456 x 8) + 6 = 987654 (1234567 x 8) + 7 = 9876543 (12345678 x 8) + 8 = 98765432 (123456789 x 8) + 9 = 987654321 Amazing, isn’t it? Consider also the so-called “mystery schools” of antiquity. Like a giant Sudoku Puzzle board, the human experience we call life truly revolves around the numbers 1 – 9 in so many remarkable ways. This question is best answered by Don Harkins’ wise words written in 2001: “Over the last several years I have evolved and discarded several theories in an attempt to explain why it is that most people cannot see truth — even when it smacks them in the face.

Finally, I understand why. 2. 3. Psychic Advice :: NEGATIVE ENERGY CLEANSING. Free Weekly Syndicated Advice Columns Published Every Wednesday Afternoon (PST) Question: "The question that I have deals with negative auras. I have recently been to a few psychics in the New York area and all have informed me that I have a 'negative aura'. I started to question many events that have occurred in my life - especially romantic relationships. All the psychics were in agreement that this is the reason why I have not found love, or love has been slipping away from me. Psychic Advice: Each person has an energy field around them called the aura that functions in a number of ways. Our thoughts and emotions affect our aura in a number of ways, and other people can sense the energy of our aura, whether they are consciously aware of it or not.

Some people can see the energy of the aura around other people: some see the aura in different colors while others perceive it as an energy field of white light in different sizes, shapes or textures. Did you enjoy this article? Haptonomia Perinatale | Accompagnamento alla genitorialità. Why Atheists Don't Really Exist. Confirmation bias is the tendency to ascribe greater significance to information which supports our pre-existing theories and lesser significance to information which contradicts those theories. We often do this subconsciously. For example you get a new car, and suddenly you notice that type of car on the road with a much greater frequency than you had noticed before. But though confirmation bias generally refers to the inclusion or exclusion of data, there are other ways we can shoehorn the obvious to make it fit within our world view. Last month in The Atlantic, Matthew Hutson wrote a fascinating article titled: “The Science of Superstition: No One Is Immune to Magical Thinking.”

Of course modern theories about the evolution of plants and animals posit that the capacity of plants to produce oxygen is merely an accident that just so happens to facilitate the breathing of animals. Skeptics call this patternicity, or projecting pattern where there is none. Fr. When C.S. 5 common beliefs about the human brain that are actually totally false. MYTH: HUMANS USE ONLY 10 PERCENT OF THEIR BRAIN FACT: The 10 percent myth (sometimes elevated to 20) is mere urban legend, one perpetrated by the plot of the 2011 movieLimitless, which pivoted around a wonder drug that endowed the protagonist with prodigious memory and analytical powers.

In the classroom, teachers may entreat students to try harder, but doing so will not light up “unused” neural circuits; academic achievement does not improve by simply turning up a neural volume switch.MYTH: “LEFT BRAIN” and “RIGHT BRAIN” PEOPLE DIFFER FACT: The contention that we have a rational left brain and an intuitive, artistic right side is fable: humans use both hemispheres of the brain for all cognitive functions. The left brain/right brain notion originated from the realization that many (though not all) people process language more in the left hemisphere and spatial abilities and emotional expression more in the right. The Learning Brain Gets Bigger--Then Smaller. With age and enough experience, we all become connoisseurs of a sort. After years of hearing a favorite song, you might notice a subtle effect that’s lost on greener ears. Perhaps you’re a keen judge of character after a long stint working in sales.

Or maybe you’re one of the supremely practiced few who tastes his money’s worth in a wine. Whatever your hard-learned skill is, your ability to hear, see, feel, or taste with more nuance than a less practiced friend is written in your brain. One classical line of work has tackled these questions by mapping out changes in brain organization following intense and prolonged sensory experience. But don’t adopt that slogan quite yet. If you were to look at the side of someone’s brain, focusing on the thin sliver of auditory cortex, it would seem fairly uniform, with only a few blood vessels to provide some bearing.

And yet, some aspects of this theory invited skepticism. So what does change? Still, there’s a big question lurking here. How to Stop Absorbing Other People’s Emotions. Emotions such as fear, anger, frustration, and immobility are energies. And you can potentially ‘catch’ these energies from people without realizing it. If you tend to be an emotional sponge, it’s vital to know how to avoid taking on an individual’s negative emotions, or even how to deflect the free-floating negativities in crowds. Another twist is that chronic anxiety, depression, or stress can turn you into an emotional sponge by wearing down your defenses. Suddenly, you become hyper-attuned to others, especially suffering with similar pain.

That’s how empathy works; we zero in on hot-button issues that are unresolved in ourselves. From an energetic standpoint, negative emotions can originate from several sources: what you’re feeling may be your own; it may be someone else’s; or it may be a combination. Stop Absorbing Other People’s Emotions 1. People call you “hyper-sensitive”, “overly sensitive”, etc., and they don’t mean it as a compliment! 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. About the Author. The Spice That Prevents Fluoride From Destroying Your Brain. Fluoride is found everywhere today, from antibiotics to drinking water, no stick pans to toothpaste, making exposure inevitable.

All the more reason why new research proving this common spice can prevent fluoride damage is so promising! Fluoride’s neurotoxicity has been the subject of academic debate for decades, and now a matter of increasingly impassioned controversy among the general public, as well. From ‘conspiracy theories’ about it being first used in drinking water in Russian and Nazi concentration camps to chemically lobotomize captives, to its now well-known IQ lowering properties, to its ability to enhance the calcification of the pineal gland – the traditional ‘seat of the soul’ – many around the world, and increasingly in the heavily fluoridated regions of the United States, are starting to organize at the local and statewide level to oust this ubiquitous toxicant from municipal drinking water. The study concluded, Discussion About the Author. Do viruses make us smarter? Endogenous retroviruses in neural progenitor cells. A new study from Lund University in Sweden indicates that inherited viruses that are millions of years old play an important role in building up the complex networks that characterise the human brain.

Researchers have long been aware that endogenous retroviruses constitute around five per cent of our DNA. For many years, they were considered junk DNA of no real use, a side-effect of our evolutionary journey. In the current study, Johan Jakobsson and his colleagues show that retroviruses seem to play a central role in the basic functions of the brain, more specifically in the regulation of which genes are to be expressed, and when. The findings indicate that, over the course of evolution, the viruses took an increasingly firm hold on the steering wheel in our cellular machinery.

The reason the viruses are activated specifically in the brain is probably due to the fact that tumours cannot form in nerve cells, unlike in other tissues. Neuroscience. Meditation 101: A Beginner's Guide Animation. Mantras - Ram Dass. The following is an excerpt from Ram Dass’ new book, “Polishing the Mirror” – which is out now. Inside of me there’s a mantra going on that reminds me of who I am. It’s that place inside – that niche in the wall where the candle flame never flickers.

Always bringing me right to my heart where we dwell eternally. Mantra is the repetition of the names of God. In Buddhism, the word mantra means “mind protecting”. Mahatma Gandhi said, “The mantra becomes one’s staff of life, and carries one through every ordeal. Keep repeating your mantra consciously until it has become a strong habit. Maharajji said, “The best form in which to worship God is all forms.” The Divine is present in the soul of all living beings and in the Universe. In different ages, countries and religions, God has been called by different names. Once you choose a mantra and establish a practice, it is a good idea not to change mantras so the practice will become deeper. From the Hindu tradition: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,