Monday, December 31, 2012

simulation experiences

Starting as early as the 1970s, some cognitive psychologists, philosophers, and linguists suggested that—instead of abstract symbols—meaning might really be something much more closely intertwined with our real experiences in the world, with the bodies that we have.

If meaning is based on our experiences in our particular bodies in the particular situations we’ve dragged them through, then meaning could be quite personal. This in turn would make it variable across people and across cultures. 

embodied simulation hypothesis discussed in scientificamerican.com article

We use our brains to simulate percepts and actions without actually perceiving or acting.


introceptive awareness

Link to the story:

The Brain's Ability to Look Within: A Secret to Well-Being
http://www.creativitypost.com/psychology/the_brains_ability_to_look_within_a_secret_to_well_being

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

blog impact

The mobile phone is growing in use as the first point of impact on the Internet for people. The "first screen" so to speak. The challenge of creativity is growing too. Traffic is decreasing just a bit for blog exposure. Blogs need to make the move to mobile.

I am starting to think of my blogs as the "others" for communicating.

Source article from businessgrow.com


Friday, December 28, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

9 beliefs you need

Link to story:

9 Beliefs You Need to Succeed at Anything
http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/12/26/9-beliefs-you-need-to-succeed-at-anything/

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

social media ninja

Don't be overwhelmed by social media.

Link to the story:
How To Be A Social Media Ninja: Best Dojo Success
http://smallbiztrends.com/2012/12/social-media-ninja-book-review.html

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Friday, December 21, 2012

universe

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ―Albert Einstein

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” ―Nikola Tesla

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” ―Nikola Tesla

The mind does not live in the brain but passes through the brain. The Law of Attraction is the phrase, "like attracts like."   The Law of Attraction is the modern name for Metaphysics. Why isn't Metaphysics taught more? Plainly, those certain entities who wanted to maintain control over the masses, didn't want the science of personal power getting out. Governments and religions especially.

If people knew that, they will decide for themselves. People would one day not feel content to contribute to society in small ways. They might wish to create their own!

DO the things in life you feel. Focus on what you have and be grateful. Have a willingness to feel grateful. Use the power of your imagination to create what you want in life. Create castles.

The Law of Attraction is the Universe. I know... not easy to put our thoughts around, but the Universe in energy. Energy that vibrates constantly. Creating always. We simply put our thoughts towards that energy to create what we wish to attract.

Shift your focus. Focus on the solution. Focusing on the solution is taking positive action.


Shifting focus causes positive action.




Thursday, December 20, 2012

content revolution

Visuals. We are attracted to visuals. Online marketing is making a rapid shift to visuals. Why? Because they work. Social networks like Facebook and Pinterest are giving visuals the center stage. Photos and images get 53% more likes on Facebook.

Instagram passes Twitter for daily active mobile users in August 2012.

Create original content.

Hubspot source story. Infographic

Using social media content to help your business isn't new.  Blog shares, social posts and page views is now "typical" marketing. You need that something extra to spruce up your content.

Summary of 6 items that will help:

  1. Don't try something new. Study your analytics.
  2. Surprise people. Strong emotion is key.
  3. Nail your headline. Study has shown over 25% of web traffic came from social media referrals.
  4. Don't tell me; show me. Pinterest is a big source for publishers.
  5. Enable your blog to market your content. Tailor the recommendations.
  6. Don't forget about SEO. Include keyword research.
6 tips to creating content from Hubspot is the source article.


Friday, December 14, 2012

pursuing literary immortality

Link to the story:

Pursuing literary immortality illuminates how the mind works
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121213151442.htm

The imagery. 
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

women of cia

Link to the Story:
Bergen: The real women of the CIA
http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/13/opinion/bergen-feminist-epic/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7
The search for bin Laden. The movie Zero Dark Thirty.

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phosphorus

A Genius Investor Thinks Billions Of People Are Going To Starve To Death — Here's Why

Link to story:

Investor Jeremy Grantham recently published a startlingly depressing piece about the future of humanity. Have the number of people on Earth finally outstripped the planet's ability to support us?

View full story at http://www.businessinsider.com/peak-phosphorus-and-food-production-2012-12

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Growing population and growing food.

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Friday, December 07, 2012

science think

The basic process organization is planned out. Illustrate it with examples. Show the scientific discovery. Tell the results and reflect on human activity. We think like scientists everyday.

Link to How to Think Like a Scientist by Chad Orzel.


Read Darwin too!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

the unequaled medium


The novel turned inside-out. Samuel Fuller said what makes a good story is a good story.

The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/opinion/sunday/the-neuroscience-of-your-brain-on-fiction.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

mashable

Welcome to the New Mashable: http://bit.ly/WGZSko

Content. News. Social media.


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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Sunday, December 02, 2012

revolution and surveillance

Julian Assange, said the Internet can make revolution possible. There is cost however.

Link to the story:

http://www.salon.com/2012/12/02/julian_assange_the_web_can_create_revolutions_or_jail_revolutionaries/

Millions of people are able to come to a fast consensus. Technique - a systematized interaction.




global vastness

Why Do We Call Everything 'Interesting'?

What scales of judgment are used when considering global vastness?

To deem something "interesting" is to promise to return to it. It's a judgment that doesn't really say anything, beyond forestalling that judgment, like a "sticky note" amid an endless wash of data.

View full story at http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2012/11/sianne_ngai_s_our_aesthetic_categories_zany_cute_interesting_reviewed.html

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50,000 new hires

Amazon's Robotic Future: A Work In Progress



For all the anxiety over robots coming to take jobs, there are still limitations to what they can do—or what they can do well.

View full story at http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-30/amazons-robotic-future-a-work-in-progress

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hypersonic flight

Hypersonic Flight 'Breakthrough' Could Have Us In Tokyo By Lunch



A British company declares, with all due humility,that it has made "the biggest breakthrough in aerospace propulsion technology since the invention of the jet engine."

View full story at http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/11/reaction-engines-hypersonic/

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twitter wins out

'Why I Love Twitter And Barely Tolerate Facebook'



"I'm optimistic and delighted every time I open up Twitter on my browser, while Facebook is something I only click on once or twice a day and always with a small sense of dread."

View full story at https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/52a20d7a17de

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Twitter is loaded with info. Sure is a help to get up-to-date with world events.

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video stays on YouTube

Judge Refuses To Order 'Innocence Of Muslims' Off YouTube


An actress who said she was duped into appearing in an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests against the United States across the Muslim world lost on Friday her second legal bid to force the video off YouTube.

View full story at http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/01/us-protests-lawsuit-idUSBRE8B003W20121201

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Decision will be appealed.

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65 digital media resources

Link to the story:

65Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed
http://mashable.com/2012/11/17/digital-media-resources-60/

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Saturday, December 01, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

the five reasons


The Benghazi, Libya tragedy was not explained away by Susan Rice. Rice went on the talk show circuit with edited talking points to remove references to terrorism and al-Qaeda. More questions were raised rather than answered as a result.

Here are the White House's five separate answers as to why edits were made:

  • Not to tip off al-Qaeda
  • Links to al-Qaeda were too tenuous
  • The talking points were debated by collective experts
  • CIA said the FBI removed the al-Qaeda references
  • CIA later said they removed the references
Read the entire story in The Blaze


president to host romney



Romney-Obama White House lunch: President to host GOP challenger at White House.
Link to the story:
http://mobile.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2012/11/28/romney_obama_white_house_lunch_president_to_host_gop_challenger_at_white.html

The President has said he liked some of Romney's ideas on the economy. 
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Monday, November 26, 2012

u. n. and the internet


Link to the story:
U.N. to Seek Control of the Internet
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/un-seek-control-internet_664018.html

Representatives from 193 nations will meet in Dubai.
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

silicon valley tech: deep learning



Scientists say deep learning is the future of Silicon Valley tech | VentureBeat
Link to the story on Venture Beat:
http://venturebeat.com/2012/11/25/deep-learning/

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Berger's Sales & Marketing

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Berger's Sales & Marketing
http://paper.li/jasonbnh/1308448205

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Mobile Sales Went Through The Roof On Thanksgiving,

Link to the story:

Mobile Sales Went Through The Roof On Thanksgiving, Up 173% From Last Year. According to PayPal.
http://www.businessinsider.com/mobile-sales-up-on-thanksgiving-2012-11

#consumers #shopping #mobile
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

special blogging = publishing

People are exposed to your blog. You have offered information. People reading your blog respond or not. However they may very well take into consideration what you have posted. The blogosphere has exercised its power. You can be part of the blogosphere.

Don't be left out if your in business. Start a blog. Don't feel as if you are irrelevant to the blogging process.

Read the article from exploreB2B

Publishing is the new blogging. Share your ideas online.

B2B article author: Jonathan Gebauer


Thursday, November 22, 2012

third rails



Democrats and Republicans Must Face Their Third Rails

Link to the story:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-22/democrats-and-republicans-must-face-their-third-rails.html

Higher taxes and lower spending.
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more press coverage

How To Get Your Company More Press Coverage | The @Steveology Blog

Link to the story:
http://stevefarnsworth.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/how-to-get-your-company-more-press-coverage/

Get more share of publicity.

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gaza ceasefire

Gaza ceasefire takes hold but mistrust runs deep.
Link to the story.
http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE8AD0WP20121122?irpc=932

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

68% Want Both Tax Hikes and Spending Cuts

According to Rasmussen:

68% Want Both Tax Hikes and Spending Cuts in Budget Deal

Link to the story:
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/november_2012/68_want_both_tax_hikes_and_spending_cuts_in_budget_deal

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gaza so far

Will hostilities cease soon? The U.N. Security Council has done little to pressure Israel from halting military operations. Engagement of negotiations by the United States has not taken place. Morocco, on behalf of the Arab League, called for an immediate halt to the hostilities.

Friday, September 14, 2012

the toxic attitude

The events that are taking place in Libya and Egypt are a result of Islam being offended. Across the world violence is on the rise. The widely accepted notion that anyone offending Islam should be punished is increasing.

For vital interests to take root in the Middle East this situation has to be overcome. The United States needs to seek out those that feel Islam can be defended without violence.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

gratitude

Generously
Rewarding
Attitude
That
Inspires
Thanks
Uniting
Divine
Expression

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

with a little help

Occasionally I have a feeling of need. Of needing help or a boost to get through my day. I feel like I have been overwhelmed with too much to do. A solution was needed.

I have found one. When I break my days up unto "mini-days" my time seems to move much more freely. Obstacles are removed. I have been testing this and my day has 11 or 12 "mini-days". The amount of time is each "mini-day" varies, but most are 45 minutes or a little less.

I have gotten more accomplished and am less fatigued. I'll keep it up so as to improve the system.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

a mason and a man

My brother, Masonry means much more
      Than the wearing of a pin
   Or carrying a paid up dues receipt
      So the Lodge will let you in

You may wear an emblem on your coat
      From your finger flash a ring
   But if you're not sincere at heart
      This doesn't mean a thing

It's merely an outward sign to show
      The world that you belong
   To this great Fraternal Brotherhood
      That teaches right from wrong

What really counts lies buried deep
      Within the human breast
   Till Masonic teaching bring it out
      And puts it to the test

If you practice out of Lodge
      The things you learn within
   Be just and upright to yourself
      And to your fellowman

Console a Brother when he's sick
      Or assist him when in need
   Without a thought of personal reward
      For any act or deed

Walk and act in such a way
      That the world without can see
    That none but the best can meet the test
      Laid down by Masonry

Always live up to your trust
      And do the best you can
   Then you can proudly tell the world
      You're a Mason ans a Man

                                                     ~ Author Unknown





Monday, June 18, 2012

gnostic thomas

According to the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus said, "The kingdom is inside you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you do not know yourselves, you will dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty." Thomas's Jesus is the dispenser of wisdom, not the resurrected Lord.

In The Book of Thomas the Contender, Jesus said, "For he who has not known himself has known nothing, but he who has known himself has at the same time already achieved knowledge of the depth of the all."*
 
The heart of the problem for the Gnostic is ignorance. But Jesus redeems man from such ignorance. Stephan A. Hoeller says that in the Valentinian system "there is no need whatsoever for guilt, for repentance from so-called sin, neither is there a need for a blind belief vicarious salvation by way of the death of Jesus." Rather Jesus is the savior in the sense of being a spiritual maker of wholeness.  

Unlike the canonical gospels, Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection are not narrated and neither do any of the one hundred-fourteen sayings in the Gospel of Thomas directly refer to any of these events. Although Thomas does not articulate every aspect of a full-blown Gnostic system, some of the teachings attributed to Jesus fit the Gnostic system.

Christ comes, not as a Redeemer, but a Revealer. He gives a metaphysical assist.

 

 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

what is a mason?

A Mason brings to mind a certain kind of man, who's thoughtful, caring, considerate, and all too uncommon these days. But that's exactly what Masons are.................................

a rare and special man who deserves the best our lives can bring.

Friday, May 25, 2012

some entertainment

I found this video from guilherme.tv and I am really impressed on the creativity of this. This is a promotional short film for a project known as M Island.



Sunday, March 11, 2012

leadership in motion

On Saturday, March 10, 2011 the Illinois Council of Deliberations had their annual leadership seminar in Bloomington at the Marriott. This is where Scottish Rite Valleys talked about the future of membership and our mission to the communities we serve. Our sense of community is great. Our goals for leadership are entrenched in our historical roots. Freemasonry aided in the idea of free thought and freedom from tyranny. Freemasons helped forge a nation and break the bonds of foreign rule.

As we talked about our future, we had a sense of our mission, a mission of responsibility to ourselves and our social conscious. I present this whole idea in this video:

This frankly is what Freemasonry stands for. This is very meaningful. I had the honor of attending this function and have shared a portion with you.

Friday, March 09, 2012

freemasonry molds the form

True Freemasonry is esoteric. All that we have is a link, a doorway, to a place not of this world. Freemasonry has nothing to do with form, but realizes that form is molded by and manifests the life it contains. The esoteric student may pass into the unknown, but he is seeking to mold his life that the form will glorify the God whose temple he is slowly building as he awakens the workmen within himself and directs them to carry out the instructions which have been given to him by the God that he finds within himself.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

biblical prophesy and reformation

Bible prophecy. Who identifies with it these days? Is there a correct Bible interpretation? As the Bible became more accessible to people at the end of the Dark Ages, people were seeing the prophecies for themselves. Do you suppose they took the Bible literally? Were they taught to take the Bible as it was written? When the Protestant Reformation was starting, the Protestant powers that be were passionate about the literal Bible. How did this aid the Protestant ministers in their aim to educate the masses?

The rise out of the Dark Ages was the result of making the Bible available to everyone. The Protestant teachings were based on historical teachings of prophesy. As the Reformation teachings spread, the Papacy was forced to defend itself against the overwhelming evidence of Biblical prophesy. The Papacy needed to steer people away from this interpretation. It did not want to be seen as the enemy of Christ!

The Papacy began a counter-reformation that led to the formation of the Jesuits. The Jesuits became the teaching arm of the Roman Catholic Church. Revolution was at hand, and the Catholic leadership knew it. This also led them to create the Holy Office of the Inquisition which persecuted those who would not give up Reformation teachings. The Jesuits had their work cut out for them. They used two doctrines aimed at the Reformation.
  1. Spanish Jesuit Alcazar began teaching that the events depicted in the prophesies were already fulfilled in the early persecutions of the Christians by the Romans. This was the Preterist interpretation.
  2. Spanish Jesuit Francisco Ribera began teaching that the events depicted by the Prophets were still in the future and that the fulfillment of prophesy would come just before the second coming of Christ. This was called the Futurist interpretation.
In the book of Revelation, 5 main players are featured. These 5 are usually identified as Satanic.
  1. The Great Red Dragon
  2. The Leopard
  3. The Lamb-Like Beast
  4. The Image of the Beast
  5. The Scarlet Colored Beast
The Bible identifies the Great Red Dragon as Satan (at face value). The color is red or flame-colored. It is often associated with Lucifer, another name for Satan, by some, but not all. There are revelations that Lucifer has nothing to do with Satan, or is the opposite of Satan. Here's a question: Is Lucifer Jesus? One to ponder! For sure, Lucifer was made to give Satan another identity, so that deception, made easy, was called out for the faithful. Satan, obviously full of deception and deceit, is surely among us on Earth and has filtrated or even has control of the three Abrahamic religions.

There are those who have identified Satan, but always seem to call the Evil One Lucifer. Go figure.
Satan is identified by the following characteristics:
  1. To exalt self above God.
  2. To be worshiped as God.
  3. To rule and not to serve.
  4. To spread lies in order to gain followers.
  5. Accuse others of his own guilt.
  6. Rebellion brought into the open.
  7. Never repents or gives up.
The Red Dragon devours the man-child which is interpreted as Christ.

The Leopard, through historical interpretation is the Roman Catholic Church. What are the characteristics of the Papacy (Roman Catholic Church)?
  1. Exalts man in the place of God.
  2. To rule over rather than serve using church government.
  3. The pope is like God and is worshiped as God.
  4. To spread lies and falsehoods to gain followers.
  5. To work secretly until able to work openly.
  6. To silence or even kill enemies.
  7. Never repents, but refines and polishes the plan to attain goals.
These characteristics are very similar to Satan's.

The Lamb-Like Beast has been identified as the United States of America. What was this entity during the Reformation? Some other nation that believed in freedom no doubt. This beast has two horns representing Republicanism and Protestantism. The characteristics:
  1. Republicanism; or freedom from kings and tyrannical governments.
  2. Protestantism; or the separation of church and state, and freedom from oppressive and apostate churches.
  3. Manifest a peaceful attitude.
  4. Speaks like a dragon; or becomes Satanic, destroys Liberty.
  5. Exercises military power over all Earth.
  6. It compels all Earth to worship the Lamb-Like Beast.
  7. Persecution and death to all who do not make concessions or bow to its decrees.
The Image of the Beast is a replica of the Roman Catholic Church. Could this be a Protestant denomination? This entity is the most powerful since the Roman Catholic Church had its peak during the Dark Ages and fell from its power during the Reformation.

Speculation has me wondering if the Reformation had not happened, would the confusion over Lucifer and Satan ever happened? There were those who recognized Lucifer as "the Bearer of Light", which he is. Lucifer was not to be worshiped. There was no need. The Illuminists do not worship God. They are becoming God. They are on a quest to become God. This quest has to do with much, realizing the bicameral mind must function as that, a bicameral mind, so the voices of the gods may be heard.

Any "god" which demands worship is evil. Beware the Abrahamic religions. Their teaching spans thousands of years and that dogma is engrained deeply in the Abrahamic psyche. Know the Gnostic Gospels and you will have your own reformation!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

the bicameral

The brain is "bicameral" or two-sided. The two-sides (called hemispheres) communicate via a super-powerful connector called the corpus callosum. The left hemisphere is specialized in verbal-linguistic tranduction of speech and analytical thinking (logic, math, cause & effect, language, & sequential thinking). The right side plays more of a role in holistic-metaphorical information transduction such as imagery (art, dance, intuition, subjective, spontaneous, holistic, & dream imagery). The primary role of creating imagery is carried out by the right side. 

Roger Sperry won a Nobel Prize for his brain research. Basically feeding different information to each side of the brain at the same time. His research concluded that each hemisphere could work independently of each other at the same time. 

Researchers have come a long way toward understanding the mind. They have discovered, for instance, that under stress the brain will convert nerve signals into "messenger molecules" who then in turn direct the endocrine system to produce steroid hormones, that can reach the nucleus of various cells and cause them to change how the body’s genes are written out. These genes will then direct the cells as to how to make a variety of molecules which are used in growth, metabolism, sexuality, and the immune systems. In other words, the mind can rewrite genetics.

Barbara Brown, a physiologist at Veteran’s Administration Hospital (in Sepulveda) wrote a book New Mind, New Body. Barbara Brown’s research was government funded. Her book got the public interested in biofeedback. Because of repeated success at getting patients to control such things as their heartbeat, Dr. Brown is convinced that a person’s heart rate, breathing, muscle tension, glandular responses are all subject to a person’s will.

The abilities of the human brain to control the body have been seriously underrated by people. Bio-feedback researchers in the 1960s were surprised to find out that if a single nerve cell’s activity is placed upon a screen so that the subject can see its activity graphed, the subject will be able to mentally identify that cell apart from any other nerve fiber cell, and will be able to have voluntary control over that single cell apart from any other. Just to show how complex the body is, a single nerve fiber cell will have 600 connections. This mental feat is simply mind-boggling for researchers.

The heart is controlled by the mind and works with the emotions of a person. There have been people who have literally died from a "broken heart." This is a historical fact. It has been well-documented that the mind can control the blood flow to various tissues and in this way change temperature in various different parts of the body.

 

Monday, March 05, 2012

minds

Human minds revolve around stories and images. What happens to the mind when it is cut off from sensory input but is still active i.e. when it dreams? Well, it shows movies to itself: it tells stories accompanied by pictures, sometimes funny, sometimes erotic, sometimes frightening, weird, embarrassing, inspiring, prophetic, enigmatic, you name it. Dreams feature symbols and , above all, they feature people, especially those involved in our lives. They don't involve hours of mathematical equations, computer code, text, or foreign languages. Dreams reveal the unconscious. They are bearers of messages from the unconscious and these come to us as mysterious little films, emotive narratives, strange symbols, perhaps even voices.

When a Universal Form interacts with a human mind it does so not as an abstraction but as being in the unconscious - a hidden voice, a secret guide.