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Burning Incense Is Psychoactive: New Class Of Antidepressants Might Be Right Under Our Noses

Burning Incense Is Psychoactive: New Class Of Antidepressants Might Be Right Under Our Noses
Religious leaders have contended for millennia that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. An international team of scientists, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, describe how burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression. "In spite of information stemming from ancient texts, constituents of Bosweilla had not been investigated for psychoactivity," said Raphael Mechoulam, one of the research study's co-authors. To determine incense's psychoactive effects, the researchers administered incensole acetate to mice. According to the National Institutes of Health, major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the United States for people ages 15--44, affecting approximately 14.8 million American adults. Related:  hedge witchLife

Top ten ancient Irish charms and spells Celebrate all things mysterious and magical on "Occult Day" with these ancient Irish rituals. Photo by: Getty Images/iStockphoto There are many practicing witches and druids in Ireland today who believe in ancient traditions and folk magic. We’ve put together a list of ancient charms and spells based on this Irish magic. Whether you are seeking a spell for love, luck, or healing, emotional charms, or even potency, these charms and spells will have something for you. 1. On the night of a full moon, walk to a spot beneath your beloved's bedroom window. The night breeze is believed to have a guardian who is compassionate toward requests from mortals between midnight and 1 am (the witching hour). 2. Place two keys in a sieve, cross ways. 3. You will be damn lucky with this one. Light the candle and loop the string in through the trinket and tie it. “A candle flickers, this trinket I pass, good energy and fortune come to me, wealth, knowledge, influence, energy. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

The Kybalion: The Seven Hermetic Principles Ad Chapter II. The Seven Hermetic Principles. "The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open." — The Kybalion. The Seven Hermetic Principles, upon which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is based, are as follows: These Seven Principles will be discussed and explained as we proceed with these lessons. "THE ALL is MIND; The Universe is Mental." — The Kybalion. This Principle embodies the truth that "All is Mind." "As above, so below; as below so above." — The Kybalion. This Principle embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life. "Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates." — The Kybalion. This Principle embodies the truth that "everything is in motion"; "everything vibrates"; "nothing is at rest"; facts which Modern Science endorses, and which each new scientific discovery tends to verify.

The Hard Way « Mostly Bright Ideas It’s possible that I recently learned a valuable lesson. I qualify that statement because there are certain lessons I’ve learned three hundred times in my life, and if I took an honest look, I’d have to say I need to brush up on them again. I’m even missing those bits of wisdom we were supposed to have gathered in kindergarten. Yes, I wash my hands before I eat, and I try not to hit people or steal their stuff. First, I managed to figure out my right hand from my left. Second, I figured out that if Michael Lucatelli grabbed the brown crayon, he was never letting it go, and I’d be coloring the cows purple again. When I was a teenager, I learned not to cut my own hair. One day, hearing that my uncle was coming for Sunday dinner, I decided to try my hand at cutting my own hair. As I said, there are many lessons I’ve learned repeatedly. But as I also said, I think I learned a valuable lesson recently. In truth, this is yet another old lesson, revisited. Like this: Like Loading...

Nine Herbs Charm The Nine Herbs Charm is an Old English charm recorded in the 10th-century[1] Lacnunga manuscript.[2] The charm is intended for the treatment of poisoning and infection by a preparation of nine herbs. The numbers nine and three, significant in Germanic paganism and later Germanic folklore, are mentioned frequently within the charm.[2] The poem contains references to Christian and English Pagan elements, including a mention of the major Germanic god Woden. According to R. K. Gordon, the poem is "clearly an old heathen thing which has been subjected to Christian censorship. Poem contents[edit] Herbs[edit] The charm references nine herbs: Mucgwyrt (Mugwort)Attorlaðe (identified as Cockspur Grass by R. At the end of the charm, prose instructions are given to take the above-mentioned herbs, crush them to dust, and to mix them with old soap and apple juice. Woden[edit] A snake came crawling, it bit a man. See also[edit] Notes[edit] References[edit] External links[edit]

The Natural Theology of Beauty, Truth and Goodness, Steve McIntosh An independent forum for a critical discussion of the integral philosophy of Ken Wilber Sunday, May 17, 2015 Publication dates of essays (month/year) can be found under "Essays". To the Readers of I have enjoyed this website for many years, and it has been most interesting to follow its evolution. Frank Visser was kind enough to invite me to contribute something from my book. So thanks for considering my plea for solidarity among integralists; this is a pivotal moment in human history, and by working together and continuing to focus on the positive potentials of this emerging new worldview, we can make a real difference. Steve McIntosh, October, 2007 This is a presentation about how the values known as the beautiful, the true, and the good play a central role in the evolution of the universe. In this presentation, we will be examining what is coming to be known as the “Cosmogenetic Principle.” The spiral of development in consciousness and culture Holarchic Eros and Agape

10 Ways To Be Happy, On Purpose “He who depends on himself will attain the greatest happiness” ~Chinese Proverb I was at a Women’s Leadership Conference about a year ago and had an “ah-ha moment”. We were all introducing ourselves and asked to share a few things to help with the process. One question left me baffled and ultimately changed my life; “What do you do to make yourself happy?”. At the time I honestly didn’t know. It’s not been an easy road, but it’s been the most fulfilling adventure I’ve ever been on and I feel that I should now share what I’ve learned with others. 1. “Today you are you, that is truer than true. How many times have we heard “no one will love you until you learn to love yourself” or “nobody knows you the way you do”? So get to know the right-now-real you, both the good and the bad, and own it. The good news is that if you don’t like certain aspects of yourself right now, you have it in your control to change that. 2. “Open your eyes and look within. “You have brains in your head. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Hearth and Home Witchery Imbolg Crafts and Activities for Children There are so many activities to do with your young ones at Oimelc, many of which can also be done at the Spring Equinox. Older children can help make candles (there are lots of kits out there to make it easier) and candle holders. Younger children can make "candles" from toilet paper rolls and construction paper. If you choose to start your Spring Cleaning, a small brush broom and dustpan, a clean cloth to help wipe down cabinet doors or dust tables or child size cleaning equipment for those little "can I help?" little ones. Make a Priapic Wand ~Reading~ Meagan's Imbolc by Kathryn Dyer The Story of Imbolc by Rachel Walker Making Butter In a clean jar with a screw on top pour in heavy or whipping cream. Paper Brigid's Crown An Imbolc Project By Wendy Sheridan (This is especially appropriate for young girls, since this is the holiday for the return of the maiden). You will need: From: Wendy Sheridan Source:unknown

Totem Guidance Welcome to the Totem Guidance page! Clicking the button below will take you to the Totem that wants to work with you today. On that page you will find a series of questions and commentary that I hope will help you deepen your understanding of yourself, your life and how you can Manifest more Good for yourself. I strongly recommend that you only work with one Totem a day and better yet, no more than one a week. The more thought you put into the questions the more you will get out of this. Keeping a journal will also help you to track your growth and progress as time goes on. I am unable to go over the questions with you or help to explain what a given Totem may mean for you. If you have found the information here to be helpful, please consider making a donation in support of these pages. A BIG Thank You to all who have shared how much they enjoy my writing, either through donations or kind emails! Your kind support is truly appreciated!

"Real" positive thinking Once upon a time, people performed ritual sacrifices in an attempt to avert natural disasters. Nowadays, the most popular ritual for avoiding disasters is to accumulate money. Our ancestors didn't know when to stop spilling blood, as their gods never announced: "That's enough". Modern people can't stop accumulating money for a similar reason. A conviction (or suspicion) that the world is essentially hostile probably underlies this behaviour. Feeling safe requires an alteration of your belief-system to remove the archaic "programming" concerning the hostile/dangerous "nature" of things. Pessimists need not find this distasteful. If letting go of pessimistic fears made us more susceptible to harm, we'd be in peril every time we went to sleep. There's a third, less obvious, thing. Everyday external struggle (eg menial drudgery and scraping for money) gets confused with psychological struggle – ie the type internalised via masochistic social programming.

Earth Witchery Ravenari's totem / animal guide dictionary Ravenari's Animal Energy / Animal Guide Dictionary Total Number of Animal Energies Represented: 290 Use Ctrl+F (or a similar search function) to search for animals you are looking for. Animals are listed by their name (i.e. Steller's Jay, Blue Jay, Western Scrub Jay), and also consider searching for simplifications like 'cat' or 'eagle.' All artwork shown copyright to Ravenari. Mammals / Marsupials / Monotremes Birds