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This collection is a product of my wishful thinking. It explores the many faces of spirituality.

Most of the entries here are of an anecdotal nature with some scientific, pseudo-scientific, cultural, religious, occult, or completely abstract theories that could possibly point towards the existence of some sort of divine force... whatever that means. Interview at Pause and Select – Jolyon Thomas. I had a really great time in a recent interview I did with the YouTube channel Pause & Select.

Interview at Pause and Select – Jolyon Thomas

Manga, Anime, and Religiosity in Contemporary Japan An interview with YouTube channel Pause & Select It was particularly gratifying and amazing to see so many viewers on YouTube and reddit respond to the interview both positively and critically within the first 12 hours or so that it has been up. I promised at the end of the interview to be in dialogue with viewers, so here are some thoughts on questions that people raised, offered in three broad categories: But isn’t Thomas’s definition of religion too expansive?

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this question, and indeed it is the problem of defining religion that inspired me to write Drawing on Tradition in the first place. Let’s take clerics, for example: Japanese Shintō priests count everyone who visits their shrines as parishioners. There’s clearly a difference between fandom and religion! Nope. Anime, Manga, and Religiosity in Japan. How to enter into the psychedelic perspective immediately. : Psychonaut. Satori. Satori (悟り?)

Satori

(Chinese: 悟; pinyin: wù; Korean: 오 o; Vietnamese: ngộ) is a Japanese Buddhist term for awakening, "comprehension; understanding". Ontology. Parmenides was among the first to propose an ontological characterization of the fundamental nature of reality.

Ontology

Overview[edit] Some fundamental questions[edit] Principal questions of ontology include: "What can be said to exist? "" When Zero Equals Infinity (God's Math) Nondualism. Nondualism, also called non-duality, "points to the idea that the universe and all its multiplicity are ultimately expressions or appearances of one essential reality.

Nondualism

" It is a term and concept used to define various strands of religious and spiritual thought. Its origins are situated within the Buddhist tradition with its teaching of the two truths doctrine, the nonduality of the absolute and the relative, and the Yogacara notion of "pure consciousness" or "representation-only" (vijñapti-mātra). The term has more commonly become associated with the Advaita Vedanta tradition of Adi Shankara, which took over the Buddhis notion of pure consciousness and provided an orthodox hermeneutical basis for heterodox Buddhist phenomology.

Advaita Vedanta states that there is no difference between Brahman and Ātman, a stance which is also reflected in other Indian traditions, such as Shiva Advaita and Kashmir Shaivism. Carl Jung’s Psychological Diagnosis Using Mandalas. Mandalas have been used in many ancient cultures like Buddhism, Hinduism, Native American, Australian Aboriginal as a symbol of the universe and wholeness.

Carl Jung’s Psychological Diagnosis Using Mandalas

Literally speaking, mandala is a geometrical form – a square or a circle – abstract and static, or a vivid image formed of objects and/or beings. It’s a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our connection with the infinite. Interestingly, Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist, explored the psychological effects of mandalas, while studying Eastern religion. Science Is Proving Some Memories Are Passed Down From Our Ancestors. Do you have a fear of spiders?

Science Is Proving Some Memories Are Passed Down From Our Ancestors

Maybe snakes? It could be your ancestors trying to tell you something. Recent studies have provided evidence that memories of fear are one of many things our forebearers pass down to us through our DNA. A 2013 study from Emory University found that mice trained to fear a specific odor would pass their emotions on to their offspring and future generations. Scientists applied electric shocks to mice as they exposed them to the smell of cherry blossoms. “Our results allow us to appreciate how the experiences of a parent, before even conceiving offspring, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations,” Dr. Major Arcana. Dummett writes that originally the Major Arcana had simple allegorical or exoteric meaning, mostly originating in elite ideology in the Italian courts of the 15th century when it was invented.[3] The occult significance only began to emerge in the 18th century when Antoine Court de Gébelin (a Swiss clergyman and Freemason) published Le Monde Primitif.

Major Arcana

List of the Major Arcana[edit] Each Major Arcanum depicts a scene, mostly featuring a person or several people, with many symbolic elements. In many decks, each has a number (usually in Roman numerals) and a name, though not all decks have both, and some have only a picture. Tarot. Visconti-Sforza tarot deck.

Tarot

The Devil card is a 20th-century replacement for the card missing from the original 15th-century deck. François Rabelais gives tarau as the name of one of the games played by Gargantua in his Gargantua and Pantagruel;[2] this is likely the earliest attestation of the French form of the name. [citation needed] Tarot cards are used throughout much of Europe to play card games. In English-speaking countries, where these games are largely unplayed, tarot cards are now used primarily for divinatory purposes.[1] Occultists call the trump cards and the Fool "the major arcana" while the ten pip and four court cards in each suit are called minor arcana. The cards are traced by some occult writers to ancient Egypt or the Kabbalah but there is no documented evidence of such origins or of the usage of tarot for divination before the 18th century.[1] Etymology[edit] History[edit] Early decks[edit]

Sacred Geometry: Flower of Life. Sacred Geometry - Flower of Life By Andrew Monkman I believe the complete ancient flower of life is an inter-dimensional tool, a portal, a stargate, a window into what some call the inter space plains.

Sacred Geometry: Flower of Life

Strange Artefacts: Crystal Skulls. Researchers found that the skull had been carved against the natural axis of the crystal.

Strange Artefacts: Crystal Skulls

Modern crystal sculptors always take into account the axis, or orientation of the crystal's molecular symmetry, because if they carve "against the grain," the piece is bound to shatter -- even with the use of lasers and other high-tech cutting methods. To compound the strangeness, HP could find no microscopic scratches on the crystal which would indicate it had been carved with metal instruments. Dorland's best hypothesis for the skull's construction is that it was roughly hewn out with diamonds, and then the detail work was meticulously done with a gentle solution of silicon sand and water. The exhausting job -- assuming it could possibly be done in this way -- would have required man-hours adding up to 300 years to complete. 10 Scientific Studies That Prove Consciousness Can Alter Our Physical World.

Nikola Tesla said it best, “the day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think it terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Swami Vivekananda was Tesla’s mentor, an Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th century saint Ramakrishna. Science works best when in harmony with nature. If we put these two together, we can discover great technologies that can only come about when the consciousness of the planet is ready to embrace them, like free energy. I want to make it clear that my intention of presenting this information is to demonstrate that thoughts, intentions, prayer and other units of consciousness can directly influence our physical material world.

Sending thoughts of love, healing intent, prayer, good intention, and more can have a powerful influence on what you are directing those feelings towards. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Akashic records. Background[edit] Akasha is a Sanskrit word meaning "sky", "space" or "aether", and it entered the language of theosophy through H.

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