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Scientists Studied What Psychedelics Do to the Brain, And It’s Not What You’ve Been Told

Scientists Studied What Psychedelics Do to the Brain, And It’s Not What You’ve Been Told
It turns out that psychedelics aren’t just good for turning into an elf and jousting a car. Psychiatrists, psychologists and specialists in addiction and recovery from traumatic experiences have been investigating the use of hallucinogens in treatment programs, and the results indicate that psychedelics actually have practical therapeutic uses. And one drug has proven particularly useful. Repeated studies have found the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, can help people move past major life issues — like beating alcoholism and becoming more empathetic. The research: One study concluded that controlled exposure to psilocybin could have long-lasting medical and spiritual benefits. Fourteen months later, 94% said their trip on magic mushrooms was one of the five most important moments of their lives. What’s more, the researchers say that those changes in personality are highly atypical, because personalities tend to be pretty set in stone after the age of 25-30. Related:  ?!Be Ready

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Lucid Dreaming Here are 10 things you (probably) never knew about the wonderful phenomenon of lucid dreaming, the ability to have conscious awareness during dreams… 1. The first lucid dreams were recorded by Ancient Egyptians. The Egyptians were an advanced civilization which coalesced around 3150 BC – more than 5,000 years ago. According to Jeremy Naydler, author of Temple of the Cosmos: The Ancient Egyptian Experience of the Sacred, they believed in three bodies: Shat (the corpse body), Ka (the living physical body) and Ba (the soul). Ba was often represented in hieroglyphics as a human-headed bird floating above the sleeping body or corpse. “For lucid dreamers, trance journeyers and OOBE-ers, the Ba may represent in a historic sense, the first depiction of a ‘mobile awareness’ separated from the physical host. 2. One possible reason for this is that children are more prone to nightmares which can be highly vivid and emotionally intense. 3. Now I never end a lucid dream prematurely if I can help it.

(VIDEO) The Observable Universe: A moment of Awe | Spirit Science The age of the universe is about 13.75 billion years. The diameter of the observable universe is estimated at about 28 billion parsecs (93 billion light-years). As a reminder, a light-year is a unit of length equal to just under 10 trillion kilometers (or about 6 trillion miles). The Observable Universe consists of the galaxies and other matter that we can, in principle, observe from Earth in the present day—because light (or other signals) from those objects has had time to reach the Earth since the beginning of the cosmological expansion. 45 Uses For Lemons That Will Blow Your Socks Off Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus flavor to our foods. However the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24-7. 1. Freshen the Fridge Remove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. * If you do consume lemon peel, stick to organic lemons to reduce your pesticide exposure. About the author: John Summerly is nutritionist, herbologist, and homeopathic practitioner. Credits: PreventDisease

5 Tips to Work Smarter, Not Harder The more efficiently you run your day-to-day business affairs, the more time you have for other important tasks. Chris Ridd, managing director of small business accounting software provider Xero, spoke to Mashable to offer some pointers. Human beings are creatures of habit. This is equally true of our work lives as it is of our personal lives. When you’re running your own business it’s easy to do things in a particular way because that’s how they’ve always been done. Here are five tips to help make your business more efficient: Plan Image: Martin Poole, Getty Images Planning is the first thing to do when you sit down at the start of the working day. Start by writing down all the things you need to get done that day. Keep your list visible so can you can regularly check your progress throughout the day and cross off tasks as they are completed. Outsource How much of your time is devoted to servicing customers, looking for new customers and taking advantage of business opportunities? Automate

This Fruity Alternative Works 5x Better Than Cough Syrup Do you or a family member have the sniffles again? Before reaching for an over-the-counter sedative, pay attention to a study published by “Der Pharma Chemica” in 2010. While trying to find beneficial treatments for patients who suffer from tuberculosis – an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis – they found that a mixture of raw pineapple juice, cayenne pepper, salt, and raw honey given to patients every day helped dissolve the mucus in their lungs. And in a subsequent study, research uncovered that raw extracts from pineapple could decrease mucus five times faster than over-the-counter cough syrups. Not only that, patients recovered 4.8 times faster, and exhibited a decrease in all symptoms related to coughing – especially hacking. Fresh pineapple from the warmer regions is recognized as a medicinal fruit for many reasons. Second, it also fights infections and kills bacteria. It’s clear that pineapple is a beneficial food to consume. Pineapple Cough Syrup Suppressant

My most popular post over the last month has been on how Sherlock Holmes solves problems. The inspiration for that was the wonderful book A Few Lessons from Sherlock Holmes . Given that I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, I wanted to get a deeper look into how he exactly thought through seemingly unsolvable mysteries. That is when I stumbled upon Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova. The lessons from the book are extremely useful in solving problem but you will have to apply yourself consistently. “Like all other arts, the Science of Deduction and Analysis is one which can only be acquired by long and patient study nor is life long enough to allow any mortal to attain the highest possible perfection in it.” Here are some of the lessons I’ve teased out from the book. The Scientific Process Before turning to those moral and mental aspects of the matter which present the greatest difficulties, let the enquirer begin by mastering more elementary problems.” Mindfulness

The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence Recently I was part of a team brainstorming answers to some intriguing questions: How could we at the Institute of Heart Math (IHM) make a video showing that the heart emits unseen energy? How could this video convey the message that humans are invisibly connected to all living things? And that every person’s heart contributes to what we call our “collective field environment”? It was a fun and stimulating challenge. We invite you to share “The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence” through email or on your website, blog or social media sites. Once you’ve viewed the video, please consider posting a comment on this site. The Heart as a “Smart Phone” In a way, the spiritual heart is like a smart phone, invisibly connecting us to a large network of information. The video also points to a growing body of scientific evidence that we each add to the collective energy field, and that the energetic field of the heart connects with the earth itself.

Who am I gonna call???? Who you gonna call? ….. drain/circuit/clog/paint busters….keeping track Our home seems to be getting a bit demanding this week…. drains lethargic, faucets feisty, electrical outlets working inconsistently, garage door being temperamental… all normal “problems,” but needing repairs. Who am I gonna call???? Okay….where to find all those sticky notes with names and numbers of workers to come out to help fix the problems? So…. a few new charts to help keep track of …. Finding someone to help with the work…. With luck, it might take only take 2 telephone calls… A place to write down information as I make those calls (and sharing them here, in case they might be helpful for anyone else) A bit less luck….it might take 5 calls…or more? We all have the names and numbers of good workers from past jobs…. or ideas about new people to try, too? What work DID we have done around the house this year? So….who you gonna call? Like this: Like Loading... About Pocket Perspectives

166 Documentaries To Expand Your Consciousness Here is a list of over 100 documentaries you can watch for free online. They are about Science, Consciousness, ETs, you name it. It’s a smorgasbord of fascinating subjects to learn about. If you find a dead link please let us know and we will find another to replace it. 1. This list will never be complete! Featured image credits: Justin Totemical Art

Here's Where You Can Get Arrested For DUI Weeks After Smoking Marijuana Driving while stoned isn't a good idea, and it's a crime in all 50 states, some of which have set blood-test limits for marijuana. But unlike blood alcohol content, THC blood levels don't have much to do with impairment. Cannabis metabolites remain in fat cells after you stop smoking and can be detected for as long as three months in frequent pot smokers -- including many medical marijuana patients, who regularly have elevated THC blood levels. (Story continues below infographic.) Infographic by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post. People taking advantage of the state-legal marijuana sales that begin Jan. 1 in Colorado should be aware of another new law there -- a measure passed last spring that creates a "permissive inference" of intoxication when a driver tests above five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood. Among states' legal limits for marijuana in the bloodstream while driving, Colorado's is relatively lenient.

Mastering Your Emotions: How to Train Yourself to Stay in the Flow in Any Situation | Awakening Daily HJ: Humans, by their very nature, are emotional beings and it is here where their power lies. Those who can master their emotional states, have unlocked the key to lifelong happiness, joy, peace, abundance and flow. Now, let’s be clear, emotional mastery does not mean repression or avoidance of ‘negative’ emotions. Rather, it means that the person achieving emotional mastery is able to effectively understand and deal with ‘negative’ emotions as they arise, looking for the deeper meaning and lesson they are trying to teach them. It is in this way that they can be disarmed and pass freely, like the wind. Contrast this to the way in which most people experience emotions, especially fear, worry, anxiety and so on: they become sucked in, with the emotion/feeling taking control of their thoughts, actions and life for the moment. Emotional mastery is learning to surf the wave, instead of be pushed and dragged around to and fro. - Truth State Management – The Foundation of Happiness

Ephemeralization Ephemeralization, a term coined by R. Buckminster Fuller, is the ability of technological advancement to do "more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing". Fuller's vision was that ephemeralization will result in ever-increasing standards of living for an ever-growing population despite finite resources. Fuller uses Henry Ford's assembly line as an example of how ephemeralization can continuously lead to better products at lower cost with no upper bound on productivity. Length measurement technologies in human development, for example, started with a compressive measure, such as a ruler. Francis Heylighen[2] and Alvin Toffler[3] have written that ephemeralization, though it may increase our power to solve physical problems, can make non-physical problems worse.

Laughing puts the brain in a meditative state Laughing could dramatically improve your health – and be as good for you as a deep state of meditation, researchers have found. Studying the effects of the stress hormone cortisol on the brain, the researchers of the Loma Linda University in the U.S. decided to investigate whether laughter could affect its destructive impact on the body. They found that laughter reduces the negative effects of cortisol and could be used as a therapy, offering a pleasant solution to the patients with hypertension, diabetes or heart problems. “Things are simple: the less stress one has, the better his memory is,” says Dr. Lee Berk, who took part in the study. “Laughter stimulates the release of endorphins and dopamine in the brain, giving us a sense of satisfaction and reward. As shown by the results of the study, laughter causes changes in the brain waves, specifically, gamma waves, which seems to boost memory retrieval processes. Anna LeMind of - Staff Writer For The Mind Unleashed