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Tarot Cards and Divination as a Cultural Fact Today
Divination
Tarot Cards and Divanation as a Cultural Fact TodayAt the risk of being overly simplistic, one can argue that there are two general ways of seeing things in this life: either you believe them or you don't. To believe is to make things real. For ages, humans have believed in the divinity of things and passed on these beliefs through storytelling from one generation, one culture to another.
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Dispelling The Fear of Death
Beliefs
Dispelling The Fear of DeathIt is natural to feel fear of the unknown. But death is not an enemy, it is a natural fact of life, a stage of our existence, and a transition or doorway between planes of reality. Death has its own harmony with nature just as a tree loses its leaves every fall.
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Buddhism - The Five Faculties
Beliefs
Buddhism - The Five FacultiesThe Buddha was very pragmatic. He didn’t philosophize about “the nature of reality”; he gave us simple, basic guidelines about how we can manage the challenges and difficulties of life. He described five faculties that we need to develop to do so: confidence, effort, mindfulness, concentration, and discernment.
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Million Dollar Experiment
Mind & Meditation
Million Dollar ExperimentI decided to participate in the Million Dollar Experiment started by Steve Pavlina. The goal of this experiment is to use the power of intention to manifest $1 million for each person who chooses to participate. The experiment is based on the intention-manifestation model of reality. And all you need to do in order to participate is to put forth the following intention...
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15 Extra Ways to Keep Your Brain In Shape
Mind & Meditation
Boost your BrainIt’s simple, your brain is at the center of everything you do, all you feel and think, and every nuance of how you relate to people. It’s both the supercomputer that runs your complex life and the tender organ that houses your soul. So it is very important to focus on keeping your brain in shape.
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Nirvana
Beliefs
NirvanaNibbana or Nirvana is the ultimate good news of Theravada Buddhism: it means complete liberation. Naturally, people want to know about the nature of nibbana, but from the Theravada standpoint, knowing how a person is transformed in attaining nibbana is more important than understanding what it is.
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Energy
Mind & Meditation
EnergyWhat happens when you pass an electric current through that piece of wire? An invisible magnetic field forms around it. Nobody really understands what either electricity or magnetism is, but we have a grasp of their characteristics and we can manipulate them. The flow of electricity has a direct effect on the magnetic field and changes in the magnetic field affect the flow of electricity. This is a useful analogy for the human body.
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Brief Instructions for Sitting Meditation
Mind & Meditation
Brief Instructions for Sitting MeditationTake a comfortable and alert posture, either on the floor or on a chair. Gently close your eyes and establish a sense of presence within your body. It is often helpful to start a period of meditation with two or three deep breaths to establish a clear connection with the body and the breath, and to shed some of the surface preoccupations of the mind.
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Mindfulness Meditation as a Buddhist Practice
Mind & Meditation
Mindfulness Meditation as a Buddhist PracticeIt is easy to spend an hour, a day, or even a lifetime so caught up with thoughts, concerns, and activities as to preclude understanding deeply what makes us operate the way we do. People can easily be clueless as to what motivates them, the nature of their reactions and feelings, and even, at times, what they are thinking about. The first step in mindfulness practice is to notice and take stock of who we are.
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The Buddha and Love
Beliefs
The Buddha and LoveDid the Buddha love? If he was beyond passion, was he also beyond love? Is there passionless love? And if there is, does it have any value for us? A few centuries after the Buddha's lifetime, a controversy arose concerning the Buddha's emotional life. A group of monks declared that, since the Buddha was araga, or free of passion, he was incapable of emotions such as compassion and love.
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