The power of charisma—perceived charisma inhibits the frontal executive network of believers in intercessory prayer + Author Affiliations Correspondence should be addressed to Uffe Schjoedt. Department of the Study of Religion, Aarhus University, Taasingegade 3, 8000 Århus C, Denmark, E-mail: email@example.com Received April 7, 2009. Accepted February 16, 2010. Abstract This study used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate how assumptions about speakers’ abilities changed the evoked BOLD response in secular and Christian participants who received intercessory prayer. In the classic study of charismatic authority, sociologist Max Weber stressed the importance of followers recognising the charismatic healer or leader as endowed with special powers (Weber, 1922). It is a general finding that attentional processing and executive function recruit the same frontal regions and therefore compete for resources in critical situations (Engle et al., 1995; Richeson et al., 2003; Fuentes, 2004). We hypothesize that a mechanism similar to that of hypnosis may facilitate charismatic influence. Fig. 1
Sound Meditation for Escalation of Chaotic Nodes and the Dismantling of 3-D Reality Tom Kenyon A Hathor Planetary Message Through Tom Kenyon Due to time-acceleration and cosmic forces far beyond your control you are in the midst of a crescendo of interlocking Chaotic Nodes. In past messages we have referred to the interaction of chaotic events as a Chaotic Node, singular, but in this instance we are referring to a more complex phenomenon—what we are calling Chaotic Nodes, plural. Depending upon your vibratory resonance you will be affected in unique ways by the escalation of chaotic events. Another Chaotic Node, in addition to the Chaotic Node of your ecosystem, is the stress of interpersonal communications. There is a growing sense among many that something is terribly wrong, and along with this is the feeling that there is no solution. From our perspective, the escalation of Chaotic Nodes is creating tidal waves of intense chaotic energies that many of you are finding difficult to contend with. It is not an either/or proposition. The Hathors October 14, 2014 Tom Kenyon
The Creativity Pill - James Hamblin Health People taking dopamine for Parkinson's disease sometimes begin to generate a lot of artwork. New research differentiates their expressiveness from obsessive or impulsive tendencies. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > Neurologist Rivka Inzelberg recently noticed that her patients with Parkinson’s disease seemed to be authoring more novels than older people tend to author. Looking closer, poems and paintings also seemed to be pouring out of afflicted patients, in a relative sense—specifically those treated with a synthetic dopamine-precursor pill, levodopa (L-DOPA). So Inzelberg, a professor at Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine, asked around. Development of uncontrollable artistic urges has been documented in medical case studies. So Inzelberg’s current study tested for symptoms of impulse control disorder, as well as creativity—which it did in a variety of ways. She laughed.
How to Develop the Four Primary Skills of All Meditation Paul Cavel, ContributorWaking Times Emancipation or freedom from slavery and bondage is ultimately what the human spirit craves. From the perspective of your spirit, slavery encompasses how the attachments in your life—such as sex, material items, money, power and all that they bring—prevent you from being free. Bondage has to do with the ways in which your ego (or collection of identities) and your karmic loops bind you into the reality you experience, and thereby limit your human growth. So the question is: How can you free your spirit and, in so doing, realise your human potential? Making The Body Conscious In Taoism, whether you meditate for your health, stress relief, high-performance goals or more lofty spiritual pursuits, the journey commences by progressively and systematically making the body conscious. The Four Primary Skills The four primary skills that enable all forms of meditation are: Becoming Present Expanding Your Awareness Awareness is born out of presence. Cyclical Learning
Is Consciousness A Product Of The Brain Or A Receiver Of It? “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” – Max Planck, theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918 It’s great to see that in today’s day and age, multiple prominent scientists from all over the world have started to study and examine several different areas that deal with non-physical phenomenon and human consciousness. “It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.” – Eugene Wigner, theoretical physicist and mathematician. Consciousness is the way we perceive and observe our world, the way we think, our intentions, feelings, emotions and more. Below is a great video from Dr. 1. “If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet. 1. 3. 4. 5.
35 Must-Read Spiritual Books You’ve Never Heard Of Author Amateo Ra: You might have had an experience many of us share: We get an idea, a thought or even a dream with a theme that truly inspires us, stretches our minds or opens us up to a greater understanding ourselves and our lives. And, like magic, within a day or so, we find a book which not only confirms our thoughts and feelings, but goes deeper into the very idea we had than we even did. How cool is it the Universe works with such magic & synchronciticy? Many of us have also experienced that moment where we find the perfect book at the right time, and it exactly addresses what we’ve been thinking about, wanting to learn more of or a story whose themes directly relates our current lives and experiences. By no means is this a complete list, as there are so many incredible books out there from amazing authors. 1) The 5th Sacred Thing by Starhawk This is a very compelling read that gives a raw and real invitation for us to examine how we are creating our Future. 20) Oneness by Rasha
Terence McKenna’s Most Mind-Warping, Thought-Provoking Quotes On Psychedelics, Freedom And Spirituality “Psychedelics dissolve into the greater feeling of connectedness that underlies our being here, and to my mind that’s the religious impulse. It’s not a laundry list of moral dos and don’ts, or a set of dietary prescriptions or practices: it’s a sense of connectedness, responsibility for our fellow human beings and for the earth you walk on, and because these psychedelics come out of that plant vegetable matrix they are the way back into it.” The late, great Terence McKenna was a botantist, philosopher, author, speaker and self-proclaimed ‘psychonaut’ (an explorer of consciousness through mind-altering, natural plants and fungi). “Part of what psychedelics do is they decondition you from cultural values. McKenna genuinely believed that the psychedelic experience was a vital path to find a way out of the destruction humanity has caused for itself McKenna believed in exploring the inner, the private, the unseen.
Spiritual but Not Religious? Discover the True Spiritual Power of Christ's Teachings. | The Shift Network Blog Do you agree with the pundit who said that sitting in church and thinking you’re spiritual is like sitting in a garage and thinking you’re a car? If so, you may be one of the more than 20% of the population who describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR).... So what’s the difference between many organized religions and spirituality anyway? Here are 5 key distinctions: Many organized religions represent God as an external entity. And as mystic scholar Andrew Harvey passionately illuminates in the audio clip I’ll be sharing with you below, Jesus himself was spiritual but not religious. However, over the centuries, theologians and church leaders have edited, misinterpreted and distorted Jesus’ original teachings. It’s not surprising then that many former churchgoers eventually grew disillusioned with the Jesus presented in organized religion, and “threw out the baby with the bathwater” when they stopped attending.