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How to do a banishing ritual silently? : occult. Uni/the_fourth_way - occult. Mnemonics and memory improvement / Build Your Memory. How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys. Every September, largely unbeknownst to the rest of the company, a group of around 50 Lego employees descends upon Spain’s Mediterranean coast, armed with sunblock, huge bins of Lego bricks, and a decade’s worth of research into the ways children play. The group, which is called the Future Lab, is the Danish toy giant’s secretive and highly ambitious R&D team, charged with inventing entirely new, technologically enhanced "play experiences" for kids all over the world.

Or, as Lego Group CEO Jørgen Vig Knudstorp puts it, "It’s about discovering what’s obviously Lego, but has never been seen before. " On a Tuesday morning, the group is gathered in a book-lined room just off the pool at the Hotel Trias, in a sleepy town called Palamós, where they’ve met each of the last six years. There are bespectacled dudes in futuristic sneakers, a small cohort of stylish blonde women, and a much larger contingent of techie millennial guys in superhero T-shirts, all filling rows of folding chairs. 1. 2. Gumroad. The Origin of the Knights Templar – Descendants of Jewish Elders?

The Knights Templar initially arrived in the Holy Land on a mission to reclaim some treasure that they believed was rightfully theirs. According to the modern Templar historians, Tim Wallace-Murphy and Christopher Knight, the knights who banded together as the Knights Templar were part of a wave of European royalty descended from Jewish Elders that had fled the Holy Land around 70 AD, when it was invaded by the Romans.

Templars of the Rex Deus Families Before leaving their homeland, these Elders had hidden their temple treasures and priceless Essene and Kabbalistic scrolls in strategic regions of the Holy Land so that the Roman invader Titus could not plunder them as the spoils of war. The Jewish Elders then immigrated to Europe. The original nine Knights Templar were either born into or related to the Rex Deus families, as was Godfrey de Boullion, the French general who led them against the Saracens during the First Crusade. Treasures from the Holy Land to Scotland.

Secrets of the Knights Templar: The Knights of John the Baptist. Soon after the Knights Templar founded their order in the Holy Land in 1118 AD they assimilated into a very ancient gnostic tradition and lineage known as the Johannite Church, which had been founded by St. John the Baptist more than a thousand years previously.

The ruling patriarch of this ancient tradition when the Templar Order first formed was Theoclete. The Johannites and St. John the Baptist Theoclete met the first Templar grandmaster, Hughes de Payens and then passed the mantle of his Johannite authority to him. Hughes de Payens thus became John #70 in a long line of gnostic Johannites (the “Johns”) that had begun with John the Baptist and included: Jesus, John the Apostle, and Mary Magdalene. BaldwinII ceding the location of the Temple of Salomon to Hugues de Payns and Gaudefroy de Saint-Homer. The acquisition of the Johannite Church by the Knights Templar was later alluded to in Isis Unveiled by the nineteenth century esotericist Madam Blavatsky.

Two Doctrines. Friedrich Nietzsche on Why a Fulfilling Life Requires Embracing Rather than Running from Difficulty. German philosopher, poet, composer, and writer Friedrich Nietzsche (October 15, 1844–August 25, 1900) is among humanity’s most enduring, influential, and oft-cited minds — and he seemed remarkably confident that he would end up that way. Nietzsche famously called the populace of philosophers “cabbage-heads,” lamenting: “It is my fate to have to be the first decent human being. I have a terrible fear that I shall one day be pronounced holy.” In one letter, he considered the prospect of posterity enjoying his work: “It seems to me that to take a book of mine into his hands is one of the rarest distinctions that anyone can confer upon himself.

I even assume that he removes his shoes when he does so — not to speak of boots.” A century and a half later, Nietzsche’s healthy ego has proven largely right — for a surprising and surprisingly modern reason: the assurance he offers that life’s greatest rewards spring from our brush with adversity. With his signature blend of wit and wisdom, Albert Camus on Happiness, Unhappiness, and Our Self-Imposed Prisons. “For the first time in history,” Bertrand Russell asserted in reflecting on the impact of the Industrial Revolution, “it is now possible … to create a world where everybody shall have a reasonable chance of happiness.”

Indeed, we’ve pounced on that chance with overzealous want: Ours is a culture so consumed with the relentless pursuit of happiness, its secrets and its science, that it layers over the already uncomfortable state of unhappiness a stigma of humiliation and shame. But unhappiness can have its own dignity and can tell us as much, if not more, about who we are than happiness. That’s precisely what French philosopher and Nobel laureate Albert Camus (November 7, 1913–January 4, 1960) considers in a portion of his private writings, collected in Notebooks 1951–1959 (public library). [Oscar Wilde] wanted to place art above all else. But the grandeur of art is not to rise above all. On the contrary, it must blend with all. Wilde finally understood this, thanks to sorrow. A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus on Our Search for Meaning and Why Happiness Is Our Moral Obligation.

“To decide whether life is worth living is to answer the fundamental question of philosophy,” Albert Camus (November 7, 1913–January 4, 1960) wrote in his 119-page philosophical essay The Myth of Sisyphus in 1942. “Everything else … is child’s play; we must first of all answer the question.” One of the most famous opening lines of the twentieth century captures one of humanity’s most enduring philosophical challenges — the impulse at the heart of Seneca’s meditations on life and Montaigne’s timeless essays and Maya Angelou’s reflections, and a wealth of human inquiry in between. But Camus, the second-youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature after Rudyard Kipling, addressed it with unparalleled courage of conviction and insight into the irreconcilable longings of the human spirit.

If the question abides, it is because it is more than a matter of historical or biographical interest. Camus himself captured this with extraordinary elegance when he wrote in The Myth of Sisyphus: Brave Genius: How the Unlikely Friendship of Scientist Jacques Monod and Philosopher Albert Camus Shaped Modern Culture. What makes a good life, a meaningful life, a life of purpose? And how can one live it amidst pain and destruction; how can the human spirit soar in the face of crushing adversity? The meaning of life resides in the answers to these questions, which countless luminaries have been asking since the dawn of recorded time, and which an unlikely duo of Nobel-laureate friends — revered writer, journalist and philosopher Albert Camus and pioneering biologist Jacques Monod — set out to answer during one of the darkest periods of human history, the peak of World War II.

In Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize (public library), molecular biology and genetics professor Sean B. It was the Occupation of Paris that served, as Carroll poignantly puts it, as the “perverse catalyst” that sparked each man’s genius and propelled them into intersecting trajectories of greatness as they entered each other’s lives. My dear Monod. How to Love: Legendary Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on Mastering the Art of “Interbeing” What does love mean, exactly? We have applied to it our finest definitions; we have examined its psychology and outlined it in philosophical frameworks; we have even devised a mathematical formula for attaining it.

And yet anyone who has ever taken this wholehearted leap of faith knows that love remains a mystery — perhaps the mystery of the human experience. Learning to meet this mystery with the full realness of our being — to show up for it with absolute clarity of intention — is the dance of life. That’s what legendary Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh (b. October 11, 1926) explores in How to Love (public library) — a slim, simply worded collection of his immeasurably wise insights on the most complex and most rewarding human potentiality.

At the heart of Nhat Hanh’s teachings is the idea that “understanding is love’s other name” — that to love another means to fully understand his or her suffering. Echoing legendary Zen teacher D.T. Declaration of the Independence of the Mind: An Extraordinary 1919 Manifesto Signed by Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell, Jane Addams, and Other Luminaries.

Decades before Martin Luther King, Jr. made his timeless case for the ancient Greek notion of agape as a centerpiece of nonviolence, another luminous mind and soaring spirit challenged humanity to pause amid one of the most violent periods in history and consider an alternative path. The declaration was published in the socialist newspaper L’Humanité on June 26, 1919, and was later included in the out-of-print treasure Hermann Hesse & Romain Rolland: Correspondence, Diary Entries and Reflections (public library) — Rolland enclosed the text in an April 1919 letter to Hesse, asking the beloved German writer to be among the signatories. “I want to express at once at least my unreserved approval of your admirable [declaration],” Hesse wrote in reply.

“Please add my name to it as well.” Rolland writes: May this experience be a lesson to us, at least for the future! Arise! Let us free the Mind from these compromises, these humiliating alliances, this hidden subservience! Hope in the Dark: Rebecca Solnit on the Redemptive Radiance of the World’s Invisible Revolutionaries. I think a great deal about what it means to live with hope and sincerity in the age of cynicism, about how we can continue standing at the gates of hope as we’re being bombarded with news of hopeless acts of violence, as we’re confronted daily with what Marcus Aurelius called the “meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly.”

I’ve found no more lucid and luminous a defense of hope than the one Rebecca Solnit launches in Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities (public library) — a slim, potent book penned in the wake of the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq; a book that has grown only more relevant and poignant in the decade since. We lose hope, Solnit suggests, because we lose perspective — we lose sight of the “accretion of incremental, imperceptible changes” which constitute progress and which render our era dramatically different from the past, a contrast obscured by the undramatic nature of gradual transformation punctuated by occasional tumult.

My Wedding Night Was Interrupted by a Coke-Fueled Orgy in My Apartment. The author's apartment. All photos courtesy the author My husband and I began using Airbnb in March of 2015. Our first guest was an older man from Halifax, who was in town visiting his dying friend. He shared our passion for cinema, and he would visit us two more times over the next year. During one trip, after his friend died, we attended some screenings at the Montreal World Film Festival together—he and his friend had been attending the festival since the late 70s and this would be the first time he went alone. I was happy to be able to share that with him, and I look forward to his next visit. While not all our guests became as close to us, it was exciting meeting new people—surprisingly, we rarely had bad experiences. For a while, the worst experience we ever had involved still finding white Husky fur all over our furniture nearly six months after the guest and their giant pup left—a pretty small price to pay for meeting so many great people from all over the world.

LBRP Alternative – The Roman Pentagram Ritual – Adventures in Woo Woo. One problem that people have when it comes to rituals like the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, is that they really don’t feel comfortable with using God names and imagery from Judeo-Christian sources. A lot of people who are drawn to the occult have come from Judeo-Christian backgrounds and feel the need and the want to remove these old associations from their new practice. This is all well and good, and depending on the paradigm I am following at the time I also have these feelings and hesitations. I recently read Leviticus and was so disgusted by it that I felt it very hard to use any sort of Christian or Jewish imagery or ideas for awhile.

If I was doing a Banishing ritual, the last thing I wanted to do was call on that evil Demon, possible Demiurge, Jehovah, for help. If anything I wanted to banish him. One way I got round this was by using the God’s names as if I was commanding him. He was now my bitch and had to do what I told him. The Roman Pentagram Ritual The Pentagrams. 55 Breathtaking Epiphanies to Revisit and LIVE Each Year (Bookmark This Page!) Every year is like the moon and its cycles. Sometimes we wax into the fullness of our life experience, embodying everything that we have learned. Other times we wane, returning back to the primitive soils of growth, discovery and self-cleansing, stripping away everything that we are not. Whatever stage you currently inhabit in this eternal cycle, honor it, but also be aware that it will change, evolve, fade and die. Welcome to the rhythm of life! As this year ends I want to get into a reflective place.

In part, I write this article for myself knowing that it will help me to UNlearn and RElearn many things I’ve discovered and thought I’ve uncovered so far. Freedom The richest person is the world is the one that needs, wants and desires nothing.Discover, forgive and accept what you have repressed and you will feel great freedom.Learn to love all that is in your life right NOW – not what you did have or will have.Freedom and happiness is right here, right now, ready for you to take it. God. 9 Ways To Boost Your Energy Every Day (Without Caffeine): A Doctor Explains.

It's nearing 2 p.m., and you still have a mountain of work to complete before you clock out. And as usual, you have next to no energy left. In a sincere attempt to muster enough stamina to make it through, you turn to a bottled energy drink. Unfortunately, not only are these drinks loaded with unnatural ingredients, the energy they do provide will be short-lived. So what's the better answer?

Instead of putting a bandage on your persistent fatigue issues, remedy the problem once and for all. By incorporating some healthful foods and simple practices into your daily life, you can finally fill your energy reserves sufficiently to make it through the day without struggle — or energy drinks. 1. If you put the wrong kind of fuel into your car, it wouldn't run. Avoid sugary and processed foods, as these treats provide you with only short bursts of energy.

Pair these with leafy greens and fruits to improve your likelihood of getting all of the nutrients your body needs to function properly. 2. 3. 37 Lies Americans Tell Themselves to Avoid Confronting Reality. By Mike Adams Have you noticed the incredible detachment from reality exhibited by the masses these ... by Mike Adams Have you noticed the incredible detachment from reality exhibited by the masses these days?

The continued operation of modern society, it seems, depends on people making sure they don't acknowledge reality (or try to deal with it). "Denial" is what keeps every sector of civilization humming along: medicine, finance, government, agriculture and more. The trouble with the denial approach is that eventually the lies collide with reality. Until that day comes, however, happy-go-lucky Americans are merrily enjoying their courtship with self delusion, repeating the following 37 lies to themselves as if they were true: Lie #1) All FDA-approved medications are safe to consume in any combination, because the FDA protects the public.

Lie #2) Food prices keep going up because inflation is a natural force that can't be halted. Lie #12) Organic produce is a waste of money. Marriage For The Solitary: Don't Make It Love's Souvenir. Candle Spell to Welcome the New Year. How to Use Affirmations That Work. 7 Ways To Soothe Stress & Anxiety (That Have Nothing To Do With Food) Depression And Nutrition — 3 Nutrients Against Depression. The Secrets of Mind(fulness): The Awakening of the Thinking Machine. The Extended Mind – Scientific Evidence of Psychic Connections between Humans. Are You Overriding Your Soul With “Should?” | Lissa Rankin. Creative people’s brains really do work differently. The Zoroastrian priestesses of Iran. Zeroequalstwo. Thelemic Magickal Practice App | Occult Resource. The Future of Web Design is Hidden in the History of Architecture. Postmodern Magic | The Art of Magic in the Information Age | Page 4. Head For the Red: The Economy of Consciousness.

Fastcompany. How Giving Up Refined Sugar Changed My Brain. Experiment Proves Why Staying In Tune With The Earth’s Pulse Is Key To Our Wellbeing.