Showing posts with label truth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label truth. Show all posts

Monday, 9 April 2018

A Collection Of Quotes From Thich Nhat Hanh That Will Uplift Your Soul

Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen Master and global spiritual leader, peace activist and poet , known worldwide for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace.

His greatest teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can be taught to live happily in the present moment and be at peace with oneself and with the world around us.
Here is a collection of some of his quotes that will not only teach you mindfulness in the simple things in life, but that will also bring peace to your soul.
• “There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.”
• “Walk and touch peace every moment. Walk and touch happiness every moment. Each step brings a fresh breeze. Each step makes a flower bloom. Kiss the earth with your feet. Bring the earth your love and happiness. The earth will be safe When we feel safe in ourselves.”
• “When we recognize the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection, love is born.”
• “Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”
• “Sometimes we speak clumsily and create internal knots in others. Then we say, ‘I was just telling the truth.’ It may be the truth, but if our way of speaking causes unnecessary suffering, it is not. Right Speech. The truth must be presented in ways that others can accept. Words that damage or destroy are not Right Speech. Before you speak, understand the person you are speaking to. Consider each word carefully before
you say anything, so that your speech is ‘Right’ in both form and content.”
• “Insight brings love, and love is not possible without insight, understanding. If you do not understand, you cannot love. This insight is direct understanding, and not just a few notions and ideas. In meditation we allow ourselves to be shined on by the light of that insight."
• “Mindfulness is always mindfulness of something, just as anger is always anger at something. When you drink a glass of water and are aware that you are drinking a glass of water, that is mindfulness of drinking water. In this case, we produce mindfulness of anger. “Breathing in, I know I am angry. Breathing out, I know that anger is in me.” First, the energy of anger arises, and second, the energy of mindfulness arises. The second energy embraces the first in order to soothe it and allow it to subside.”
• “When you are angry, close your eyes and ears and return to yourself in order to quell the flames. Smile, even if it takes effort. Smiling relaxes hundreds of tiny muscles, making your face more attractive. Sit wherever you are and look deeply. If your concentration is not yet strong, you can go outside and practice walking meditation. Most essential is to water the seed of mindfulness and allow it to arise in your mind consciousness.”
• “The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.”
• “Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.”
• “People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?”
• “Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.” 
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Thursday, 1 February 2018

The Healing Power of the Precepts



Throughout the history of Buddhism, the Buddha has been described as a doctor, treating spiritual ills. The path of practice he taught has likewise served as therapy for suffering hearts and minds. This understanding of the Buddha and his teachings dates back to the earliest texts, but its meaning for contemporary practitioners has become more relevant than ever.

Buddhist meditation is often touted as a form of healing, and many psychotherapists now recommend that their patients try meditation as part of their treatment. But the Buddha understood--and experience has shown--that meditation on its own can't provide a total therapy. It requires outside support. In many ways, modern meditators have been so destabilized by the stimuli of mass civilization that they often lack the resilience, persistence, and self-esteem needed to achieve concentration and cultivate insight. To provide a grounding in these qualities, and to foster a personal environment conducive to meditation, the Buddha prescribed a path made up not only of mindfulness, concentration, and insight practices, but also of virtue. And virtue begins with the Five Precepts, which are:
  • to refrain from intentionally killing any animal, from insects on up the evolutionary ladder;
  • to refrain from stealing;
  • to refrain from illicit sex, that is, sexual intercourse outside of a stable, committed relationship;
  • to refrain from lying;
  • to refrain from intoxicants (such as alcohol, marijuana, and psychotropic drugs).
These precepts constitute the first step on the path. There is a tendency to dismiss them as Sunday-school rules bound to old cultural norms that no longer apply to modern society, but this misses the role that the Buddha intended for them: to be part of a therapy for wounded minds. In particular, they are aimed at curing two ailments that underlie low self-esteem and block progress on the path--regret and denial.

When our actions don't measure up to certain standards of behavior, we either regret the actions or engage in one of two kinds of denial--denying that our actions did, in fact, happen, or denying that the standards of measurement are really valid. These responses are like wounds in the mind. Regret is an open wound, tender to the touch, while denial is like hardened scar tissue twisted around a tender spot. When the mind is wounded in these ways, it can't settle down comfortably in the present, for it finds itself resting on raw, exposed flesh or calcified knots.
This is where the Five Precepts come in. Healthy self-esteem comes from living up to a set of standards that is practical, clear-cut, humane, and worthy of respect. The precepts provide just such a set of standards.
The standards are simple. They may not always be easy or convenient, but they are always possible to live by. Some people translate the precepts into standards that sound more lofty or noble. To some, taking the second precept, for example, means not abusing the planet's resources. But that's an impossibly high standard. The Buddha understood that if you give people standards that take a little effort and mindfulness but are still possible to meet, their self-esteem soars dramatically as they find themselves actually meeting those standards. They can then face more demanding tasks with confidence.
The precepts are formulated with no ifs, ands, or buts. This means that they provide very clear guidance. There's no room for waffling or less-than-honest rationalizations. An action either fits in with the precepts or it doesn't. Anyone who has raised children has found that while they may complain about hard and fast rules, they actually feel more secure with them than with rules that are vague and always open to negotiation. Clear-cut rules don't allow for unspoken agendas to come sneaking in the back door of the mind. If, for example, the precept against killing allowed you to kill living beings when their presence is inconvenient--as in the case of mosquitos--that would place your convenience on a higher level than your compassion for life. Convenience would become your unspoken standard--and unspoken standards provide huge tracts of fertile ground for hypocrisy and denial to grow. If, however, you stick by the standards of the precepts, then you are providing unlimited safety for all. In terms of other precepts, you provide safety for their possessions and their sexuality, and truthfulness and mindfulness in your communication with them.
The precepts are humane both to the person who observes them and to the people affected by his or her actions. If you observe them, you are aligning yourself with the doctrine of karma, which teaches that the most important powers shaping your experience of the world are the intentional thoughts, words, and deeds you choose in the present moment. This means that you are not insignificant. With every choice you make--at home, at work, at play--you are exercising your power in the ongoing shaping of the world. At the same time, this principle allows you to measure yourself in terms that are entirely under your control: your intentional actions in the present moment. In other words, they don't force you to measure yourself in terms of your looks, strength, brains, financial prowess, or any other criteria that depend less on your present karma than they do on karma from the past. Also, they don't play on feelings of guilt or force you to bemoan your past lapses. Instead, they focus your attention on the ever-present possibility of living up to your standards in the here and now.

When you adopt a set of standards, it's important to know whose standards they are and to see where those standards come from, for in effect you are joining their group, looking for their approval, and accepting their criteria for right and wrong. In this case, you couldn't ask for a better group to join: the Buddha and his noble disciples. The Five Precepts, in the words of the Buddha, are "standards appealing to the noble ones." From what the texts tell us of the noble ones, they aren't people who accept standards simply on the basis of popularity. They have put their lives on the line to see what leads to true happiness and seen for themselves, for example, that all lying is pathological, and that any sex outside a stable, committed relationship is spiritually and emotionally, as well as physically, unsafe. Other people might not respect you for living by the Five Precepts, but noble ones do, and their respect is worth more than that of anyone else in the world. You can look at the standards by which you live and breathe comfortably as a full-fledged, responsible human being. For that's what you are.


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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Monday, 22 January 2018

What You Notice First in These Pictures May Tell You a Lot about Your Current Situation!


Personality quizzes can be super fun, but they are like a shot of tequila and should be taken with a pinch of salt. Personality quizzes are always fun to do, but sometimes the results don’t exactly come out our way. That’s why we need to be prepared for having them with a pinch of salt.
Psychologists suggest the face that you see first in this image hints at some changes you may expect shortly.



GIRL:

If you’re a girl and see a girl’s face first, you might consider getting ready for happy and positive events in the future. The girl is looking upwards, and you too similarly are looking at the skies with hope in your heart and positivity all around. Being a girl and seeing a girl’s face also shows you’re content with who you are and at peace with your individuality. It is a sign of confidence.

If you’re a boy and see a girl’s face, you’re fixated on the opposite gender. You tend to be affected too much by what they have to say. And currently, there might be some women in your life that are causing you happiness or distress. And you’re looking too desperately for validation by them. It’s time you accept yourself as you are, relax and move on. It’s most likely they’re not going anywhere. Your future, however, holds great prospects and professional successes. Focusing on things that matter might just be a good idea right now.
GUY:

If you’re a girl and see a guy’s face, it symbolizes your want for a partner, or the coming of your prince charming soon or maybe your connection with a prince charming you’ve already found. They are occupying quite a bit of your mind, and that’s good. Since the guy’s face shows changes in love life and healthy changes that you need.

If you’re a guy and see a guy’s face, you might be concerned about some guy at work, family, or even your sports team. It can be a good or a bad concern, but that guy can be on your mind, especially when you’re going to sleep. It’s time to put that to rest since it’s just something that will pass and you need not spend more time on it.

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Simple Tricks Of The Grandmother That Will Become A Living Encyclopedia!


Some of the tricks are so simple and useful that they can be used for many generations. But over time, they are somehow forgotten and transformed into what we usually say “My grandmother told me …”. We decided to remember some of the old tricks we learned while we were kids, and for some reason we forgot them.

1. DETERMINE THE TIME BEFORE SUNSET



Put your fingers together and stretch your hand so that the sun is on your index finger. Count the number of fingers to the horizon; each finger represents an approximate 15 minutes for the sunset.

2. KNOW THE NUMBER OF DAYS OF EACH MONTH



With the closed fist counts the months by the knuckles. Each knuckle and each cleft between them represents a month. If the month falls on knuckle has 31 days, if it falls into a cleft has 30 or less.

3. CHECK THE QUALITY OF THE BATTERIES



Raise the battery to one or two centimeters on a table and let it fall; if it staggers and falls it has no load.

4. THE EASIEST WAY TO TELL WHETHER THE MOON IS WAXING OR WANING



To know in which phase the moon compares it with the letters D, C, and O. Moon D is increasing, O is full Moon and C is waning.

5. MEASURE ANYTHING WITH YOUR HANDS


If you need to measure something, but you do not have a meter or a ruler, then you can do it with your fingers with one hand. According to human proportions, the distance between the edge of the thumb and forefinger is about 18 cm, and the distance between the thumb and the finger is about 20 cm. Of course, this method is not precise enough, because everyone has a different hand size. But it can be useful if you want to measure a large object.

6. MULTIPLICATION IN FINGERS



Usually, children quickly remember the multiplication of small numbers, but with numbers 6, 7, 8 and 9 there are difficulties. To help children, teach them a simple trick. Turn your palms toward you and assign to each finger of the left hand a number, from 1 to 5, starting with the little finger; and from 6 to 10 to each finger of the right hand starting with the thumb. Now, to multiply, for example, 9 × 7, lower the assigned finger with the number 7; the number of fingers remaining to the left of that finger will be tens, and the number of fingers to the right units. In the example, 9 × 7 = 63.

7. THE ORDER OF THE PLANETS

It is enough to remember the following phrase and use it as a mnemonic resource: “My Old Aunt Marta Never Knew Nothing to the Bread”; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
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8 Truths Of Life



Truth no 1 : Nobody is real in this world except Mother.

Truth no. 2 : A poor person has no friends.

Truth no. 3 : People do not like good thoughts they like good looks.

Truth no 4 : People respect the money not the person.

Truth no 5 : The person you love the most, will hurt you the most!

Truth no 6 : Truth is Simple, But, The Moment YOU try to Explain It, it Becomes Difficult.

Truth no 7 : When you are happy you enjoy the music", but
"when you are sad, you understand the lyrics".

Truth no 8 : IN LIFE Two things define you "Your patience" when you have nothing & "Your attitude" when you have everything..

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10 Reasons Why Cell Phones are Bad for Your Health

Cell phones have revolutionized communication in the 21st century, and their use has seen a rapid increase in recent years.
As of January 2014, 90 percent of American adults owned a cell phone, 32 percent owned an e-reader and 42 percent owned a tablet computer, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project Survey. The data itself highlights the popularity of mobile devices.
People are seen constantly checking their devices for messages, alerts or calls, even when the device isn’t ringing or vibrating
This addiction to cell phones is unknowingly destroying your health. Long-term exposure to electromagnetic radiation from cell phones hampers your health in many ways.
In fact, various studies have highlighted the negative side of cell phones.
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Here are the 10 reasons why cell phones are bad for your health:

1. Hinders Sleep

Using a mobile phone at night can hinder your sleep. The light emanating from mobile phones affects the circadian rhythm of your body and prompts production of hormones that promote alertness.
Moreover, if you keep your phone by your bed, there is a high chance of getting awakened in the middle of the night due to mobile rings and vibrations.
According to a 2011 study published in BMC Public, sleep disorders as well as stress and symptoms of depression were associated with high mobile phone usage. In this study, young adults (20 to 24 years old) were studied over the course of 1 year.
Another 2015 study published in Pediatrics found that sleeping near a small screen, sleeping with a TV in the room and more screen time were associated with shorter sleep durations.
Moreover, a 2014 study published in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure reports that children absorb more microwave radiation than adults. Hence, parents should be strict about how long their children are using mobile phones.
Avoid using mobile phones at night to enjoy sound sleep.
Remember that sleeplessness and sleep disorders are a direct cause of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, high levels of bad cholesterol, high triglyceride levels and excessive belly fat.

2. Spreads Infections

If you use your phone in the restroom, hospital, market or other public places, there is a high chance that your device is highly contaminated.
In a 2011 study conducted at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London, researchers measured about 400 cell phones for levels of bacteria. Shockingly, 92 percent of the phones had bacteria on them.
A 2009 study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection found mobile communication devices as potential reservoirs of nosocomial pathogens. Nosocomial pathogens are pathogens acquired in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
Even a 2013 study published in the Journal of Perinatology reports that bacterial contamination of cell phones may serve as vectors for nosocomial infection in the neonatal intensive care unit.
The transmission of bacteria from cell phones to hands may not be eliminated using antimicrobial gels.
Another study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in 2015 found orthopedic surgeons’ cell phones to be a potential source of nosocomial infection in the operating room and recommended cell phone cleaning more frequently than once a week.
So, disinfecting your cell phone is always a good idea to prevent the spread of germs to yourself or others.

3. Raises Heart Problems

Radiation from cell phones is not good for your heart health. The electromagnetic energy emitted by cell phones causes oxidation and weakens cell membranes.
Radiation emitted by cordless phones, including mobiles, causes heart irregularities, according to a 2010 study published in the European Journal of Oncology.
A 2012 study published in the Annals of Medical & Health Sciences Research reports that electromagnetic energy radiated from mobile phones is harmful for people with ischemic heart disease as it alters electrocardiographic activity.
A recent 2013 study by the American Society for Hypertension shows that cell phone use causes high blood pressure.
Looking at the negative impacts on your heart health, avoid keeping your cell phone in the front pocket of your shirt. People with a pacemaker should strictly follow this rule.

4. Affects Reproductive Health

Cell phone radiation also has a negative effect on reproductive health, especially in men. The harmful radiation emitted by cell phones can lead to slower or damaged sperm and decreased sperm concentration.
A 2007 study published in Reproductive Biomedicine Online suggested that excessive cell phone use plays a role in male infertility.
Another 2007 study published in the Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine analyzed the effect of GSM equipment on the semen.
Researchers concluded that an increase in the percentage of sperm cells of abnormal morphology is associated with the duration of exposure to the harmful waves emitted by the phone.
Later, a 2008 study published in Fertility and Sterility reported that high cell phone use was directly and significantly associated with a low sperm count and overall infertility in men.
Cell phones decrease the semen quality by decreasing the sperm count, motility, viability and normal morphology.

5. Increases Stress

If you have the habit of checking your mobile phone every few minutes, it can be the reason behind your increasing stress level. Plus, the constant ringing, vibrating alerts and reminders can lead to more stress.
A 2011 study published in BMC Public Health reports that extensive use of mobile phones has a direct connection to stress levels. It can also cause sleep disturbances and symptoms of depression.
Stress itself is not good for your health in many ways. Apart from stress, excessive cell phone use can be a risk factor for mental health issues in young adults.
A study published in Computers in Human Behavior in 2016 found that use of technologies for escapism is related to higher depression and anxiety scores. However, those who use technologies to avoid being bored do not suffer from negative mental health.

6. Impairs Hearing

The harmful radiation emitted by cell phones can damage the delicate tissues of the inner ears. It can lead to high-frequency hearing loss.
A 2006 study published in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine shows that a higher degree of hearing loss is associated with long-term exposure to electromagnetic fields generated by cell phones.
A more recent 2014 study published in the Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery shows that the use of mobile phones predisposes a person to hearing loss in the dominant ear (the ear that is most often used with the mobile phone).
If while using a cell phone you notice symptoms like ear warmth, ear fullness and ringing in the ears (tinnitus), you need to consider these sensations as early warning signs of an auditory abnormality.

7. Causes Poor Vision

The eyes are particularly vulnerable to heating effects from radio waves emitted from mobile phones.
Plus, over exposure to the blue-violet light emitted from your mobile screen has the potential to put you at greater risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
As the mobile screens are smaller than computer screens, you are more likely to squint and strain your eyes while reading messages.
It is human tendency to bring the device closer to your eyes and not blink enough while texting or reading texts. These habits strain your eyes.
In a 2010 study carried out at Charotar University of Science and Technology, scientists studied the impact of electromagnetic waves on human eyes and concluded that excessive use of mobile devices can lead to early cataracts. It can also affect the retinas, corneas and other ocular systems of the eyes.
To protect your vision, you must get your eyes tested regularly and take regular breaks from your handheld device.

8. Leads to Spinal Misalignment and Pain

It’s common for users to constantly tilt downward to look at their phones. This is really bad your spine as well as your posture.
If you have the habit of holding your mobile phone between your neck and shoulders as you multitask, it can put a strain on your neck and back.
This can lead to neck and back pain, ranging from a chronic, nagging pain to sharp and even severe upper back muscle spasms.
As cell phones employ constant use of your hands, especially your thumbs when typing text messages and emails, it can cause tendonitis or inflammation. This can be a reason behind aching, cramping and throbbing pain in the area.
If the problem is not taken care of, it can lead to osteoarthritis of the thumb over time.

9. Increases Accident Risk

Many objects and activities can pose visual, manual and mental distractions while driving a vehicle and the use of a cell phone is one of them.
A 2008 report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that any cell phone use roughly quadruples crash risk. Cell phones can easily divert drivers’ attention, thus increasing the risk of a crash.
Another 2013 study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that crash culpability is significantly associated with cell phone use by drivers, increasing the odds of a culpable crash by 70 percent when compared with drivers who did not use a cell phone.
Drivers should not use a cell phone (handheld or hands-free) while behind the wheel. 

10. Increases Brain Cancer Risk

As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), mobile phones emit radiofrequency energy (radio waves). This form of non-ionizing radiation works as a possible carcinogenic.
The radiation generated by cell phones triggers heating of the brain tissue, which your brain absorbs. This increases the risk of brain cancer.
A 2013 study published in the International Journal of Oncology establishes the association between malignant brain tumors diagnosed between 2007 and 2009 and mobile and cordless phone use.
A more recent 2015 study published in Pathophysiology confirms that use of mobile or cordless phones increases the risk of brain cancer.
However, the risk is highest among people who have been using mobile phones for more than 20 to 25 years.
Tips to Protect Yourself from Harmful Radiation of Cell Phones
  • Instead of holding your phone up to your ear, use the speaker when talking to someone.
  • Keep cell phone conversations and leisurely talks to a minimum. For longer conversations, use a landline.
  • Never ditch the landline. It is much safer than your mobile phone.
  • If possible, talk less over cells phones and text messages. However, when texting is necessary, sit straight and keep the device at a distance.
  • When you are in a remote area or you are traveling, limit your cell phone use.
  • Avoid using your phone in an elevator.
  • Keep your phone as far away as you can when you go to bed at night.
  • Put your cell phone in airplane mode whenever you can.
  • Do not use your cell phone while it is charging.
  • If possible, look for radiation blocking or EMF protective clothing options that are readily available online.
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Sunday, 14 January 2018

THE MIND-ALTERING AFFECT ONE BILLION PEOPLE MEDITATING TOGETHER WITH THE SAME INTENTION COULD HAVE ON THE WORLD

The cover photo of this article is from an event which took place in 2015, which saw one million buddhist children meditate for world peace in Thailand, an event that takes place every single year.


The connection between human consciousness, or factors associated with human consciousness such as intention, thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and the physical realm is fascinating. This is precisely why nearly all of the founding fathers of quantum physics were so preoccupied with learning more about consciousness, and “non-material” science in general. The theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, Max Planck, for instance, regarded “consciousness as fundamental” and matter as “derivative from consciousness.” Eugene Wigner, another famous theoretical physicist and mathematician, also emphasized how “it was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.”

Fast forward to today, and we now have strong empirical evidence showing that the mind does indeed influence matter, both at the subatomic quantum scale, and at scales consistent with classical physics. Although many mainstream physicists would disagree, many wouldn’t, and don’t.

The classic example to illustrate how factors associated with consciousness are directly linked with the physical world comes from the “double slit experiment.” A paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays by Dean Radin, PhD, explains how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality.


The paper showed that meditators were able to collapse quantum systems at a distance through intention alone.

The meditators were the “observer” in this case.

In fact, as Radin points out in his lecture, a “5 sigma” result was able to give CERN the Nobel Prize in 2013 for finding the Higgs particle (which turned out not to be Higgs after all). In this study, they also received a 5 sigma result when testing meditators against non-meditators in collapsing the quantum wave function. This means that mental activity, the human mind,  attention, and intention, which are a few labels under the umbrella of consciousness, compelled physical matter to act in a certain way.

“Observations not only disturb what has to be measured, they produce it. . . . We compel [the electron] to assume a definite position. . . . We ourselves produce the results of the measurement.”

Radin’s work is a great place to start if you’re curious about this, and probably one of the most well-researched and knowledgable scientists in the field.

He’s published two groundbreaking books that deal with this phenomenon, something Einstein referred to as “spooky action at a distance.” Action at a distance is the idea that physical systems can be moved, changed, or influenced without being physically touched by anything else. It refers to the nonlocal interaction of objects that are separated in space. See his works:


In fact, quantum entanglement was just achieved in space, as illustrated by a fairly recent study published in the journal Science that showed how scientists were able to produce entangled photons on a satellite orbiting 300 miles above the planet. They beamed the particles into two different ground-based labs that were 750 miles apart, all without losing the particles’ strange linkage. You can read more about that here.

For a selected list of downloadable peer-reviewed journal articles reporting studies of psychic phenomena, mostly published in the 21st century, you can click here.

“Despite the unrivaled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension and even anger.” 

– (T. Folger, “Quantum Shmantum”; Discover 22:37-43, 2001)

The truth is, the current scientific worldview is heavily predicated on assumptions that are associated with classical physics, assumptions that have turned into scientific dogma, despite the fact that, at the end of the nineteenth century, physicists discovered empirical phenomena that could not be explained by classical physics. This led to the development, during the 1920s and early 1930s, of a revolutionary new branch of physics called quantum mechanics (QM).

“QM has questioned the material foundations of the world by showing that atoms and subatomic particles are not really solid objects—they do not exist with certainty at definite spatial locations and definite times. Most importantly, QM explicitly introduced the mind into its basic conceptual structure since it was found that particles being observed and the observer—the physicist and the method used for observation—are linked. According to one interpretation of QM, this phenomenon implies that the consciousness of the observer is vital to the existence of the physical events being observed, and that mental events can affect the physical world. The results of recent experiments support this interpretation. These results suggest that the physical world is no longer the primary or sole component of reality, and that it cannot be fully understood without making reference to the mind.”

It’s Not Just at the Quantum Scale Where We See Mind/Matter Interaction

The Manifesto linked above also says:
:Studies of the so-called “psi phenomena” indicate that we can sometimes receive meaningful information without the use of ordinary senses, and in ways that transcend the habitual space and time constraints. Furthermore, psi research demonstrates that we can mentally influence—at a distance—physical devices and living organisms (including other human beings). Psi research also shows that distant minds may behave in ways that are non-locally correlated, i.e. the correlations between distant minds are hypothesized to be unmediated (they are not linked to any known energetic signal), unmitigated (they do not degrade with increasing distance), and immediate (they appear to be simultaneous). These events are so common that they cannot be viewed as anomalous nor as exceptions to natural laws, but as indications of the need for a broader explanatory framework that cannot be predicated exclusively on materialism.”

As an avid researcher of non-material science, I find it odd that these phenomena are still so heavily ridiculed, yet have been studied and demonstrated at the highest levels of government, with successful results, for decades.

Physicist Russel Targ, the co-founder of a 23-year long government research program known as Stargate, recently gave a TED talk called “Everything I Know About ESP,” which was then cancelled.

Stargate included successful examples of telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, remote viewing, and more. As the research points out:
To summarize, over the years the back-and-forth criticism of protocols, refinement of methods, and successful replication of this type of remote viewing in independent laboratories (Bisaha & Dunne, 1979; Dunne & Bisaha, 1979; Jahn, 1982; and Jahn & Dunne, 1986), has yielded considerable scientific evidence for the reality of the phenomenon. Adding to the strength of these results was the discovery that a growing number of individuals could be found to demonstrate high-quality remote viewing, often to their own surprise, such as the talented Hella Hammid.
Individuals were able to identify objects in hidden locations in great distances, and there are several examples in the declassified literature.
Declassified documents also show that that the CIA kept tabs on other country’s developments with regards to individuals who could work with or break the mind/matter barrier. This document, titled “Research into Paranormal Ability To Break Through Spatial Barriers” is one such example.
It states, “A total of 50 experiments in the ability to break through of spatial obstacles were conducted. . . . Of the 50 experiments, 25 were successful, 17 were videotaped and high speed photography were used in 6,” and goes into more detail about these individuals.
The point is, there are no shortage of individuals who are able to do this, as well as mainstream scientific examinations under strict protocols where mind has been shown to influence matter at all levels, not just the quantum level.
This is precisely why the American Institutes for Research concluded:
The statistical results of the studies examined are far beyond what is expected by chance. Arguments that these results could be due to methodological flaws in the experiments are soundly refuted. Effects of similar magnitude to those found in government-sponsored research at SRI and SAIC have been replicated at a number of laboratories across the world. Such consistency cannot be readily explained by claims of flaws or fraud.
Even as far back as 1985, a report prepared by the Army Research Institute disclosed that “the data reviewed in this report constitute genuine scientific anomalies for which no one has an adequate explanation for.”

Another “proof,” for lack of a better term, is the mind-body connection.  The results in this area are just as strong as those in the “hard sciences.”

In 1999, a statistics professor at UC Irvine published a paper showing that parapsychological experiments have produced much stronger results than those showing a daily dose of aspirin helps prevent a heart attack.

The placebo effect is another great example. As reported in Scientific American:
As neuroscientist Fabrizio Benedetti, one of the pioneers of placebo research, puts it, there isn’t just one placebo effect but many. Placebo painkillers can trigger the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. Patients with Parkinson’s disease respond to placebos with a flood of dopamine. Fake oxygen, given to someone at altitude, has been shown to cut levels of neurotransmitters called prostaglandins (which dilate blood vessels, among other things, and are responsible for many of the symptoms of altitude sickness).
The effectiveness of placebo has been proven time and time again, such as this Baylor School of Medicine study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002. It looked at surgery for patients with severe and debilitating knee pain. Many surgeons know there is no placebo effect in surgery, or so most of them believe. The patients were divided into three groups. The surgeons shaved the damaged cartilage in the knee of one group. For the second group they flushed out the knee joint, removing all of the material believed to be causing inflammation. Both of these processes are the standard surgeries for people who have severely arthritic knees. The third group received a “fake” surgery; the patients were only sedated and tricked into believing they had had the knee surgery. Doctors simply made the incisions and splashed salt water on the knee as they would in normal surgery. They then sewed up the incisions like the real thing and the process was complete. All three then groups went through the same rehab process, with astonishing results: The placebo group improved just as much as the other two groups who had surgery.

Now, after reading all of the above, just imagine what would happen if one billion people gathered together with one specific intention. What do you think would happen? Interesting to think about, isn’t it… 

source: collective-evolution.com
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