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“We are going to the moon—that is not very far. Man has so much farther to go within himself.” ~ Anaïs Nin

10 Timeless Truths We Learned from Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”

“My dear, your father is an engineer. He’s a logical, reasonable man with a very clear vision of the world. Do you actually know what it means to be a writer?” ~ Paulo Coelho’s mother, upon his informing her of his intentions to write. Born to an engineer and homemaker in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in […]

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“My dear, your father is an engineer. He’s a logical, reasonable man with a very clear vision of the world. Do you actually know what it means to be a writer?” ~ Paulo Coelho’s mother, upon his informing her of his intentions to write. Born to an engineer and homemaker in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in

15 Paramahansa Yogananda quotes -- the Indian luminary who brought meditation & yoga to the west -- on mastery, self-fulfillment, society & life.

15 Rare and Powerful Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes

Mukunda Lal Ghosh: The ‘Real Deal’ The web abounds with Paramahansa Yogananda quotes, yet many of these, upon closer examination, prove regurgitative. This is a shame, because there’s a good reason there’s so many of them out there! Paramahansa Yogananda, born Mukunda Lal Ghosh, was what is referred to in spiritual circles as a ‘Living

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Mukunda Lal Ghosh: The ‘Real Deal’ The web abounds with Paramahansa Yogananda quotes, yet many of these, upon closer examination, prove regurgitative. This is a shame, because there’s a good reason there’s so many of them out there! Paramahansa Yogananda, born Mukunda Lal Ghosh, was what is referred to in spiritual circles as a ‘Living

From The Oracle of Delphi to The Sleeping Prophet: A Brief Primer on Channeling

Edgar Cayce’s legacy is an undeniable trail of psychic accomplishment. Anyone familiar enough with channeling and paranormal phenomena in general understands, given the ever-shifting probability fields, that prediction can never be 100%. It is extremely hard to even get close. Yet the truth remains, for anyone who truly inquires, that Cayce provided lasting cures for

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Edgar Cayce’s legacy is an undeniable trail of psychic accomplishment. Anyone familiar enough with channeling and paranormal phenomena in general understands, given the ever-shifting probability fields, that prediction can never be 100%. It is extremely hard to even get close. Yet the truth remains, for anyone who truly inquires, that Cayce provided lasting cures for

Can meditation serve as a type of pandora's box? According to one clinical cognitive and behavioural psychologist and mediation expert, it can.

Meditation Can Release Demons: Bouts of Anxiety and Depression Connected to Meditation

We often hear of the endless benefits of meditation — and with good cause. Study upon study continue to be released, showing the immense treasures the many different forms of meditation can provide. We can rewire our brains, learn about the nature of our thoughts and emotions, cultivate compassion and empathy, and generally become happier,

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We often hear of the endless benefits of meditation — and with good cause. Study upon study continue to be released, showing the immense treasures the many different forms of meditation can provide. We can rewire our brains, learn about the nature of our thoughts and emotions, cultivate compassion and empathy, and generally become happier,

Have you ever wanted something so bad it felt like you might die if you didn't get it? Well, one of the many secrets of zen actually has an answer to this.

How to Get What You Really, Really Want: One of the Deepest Secrets of Zen

Well, as opposed to so many other articles with such a blatant click-baity title, I’m not going to string you along here. While there are many secrets of zen, I’ll give you the answer to this one right now, right in the second sentence: STOP WANTING IT. That’s it. Want nothing. Choose what shows up

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Well, as opposed to so many other articles with such a blatant click-baity title, I’m not going to string you along here. While there are many secrets of zen, I’ll give you the answer to this one right now, right in the second sentence: STOP WANTING IT. That’s it. Want nothing. Choose what shows up

5 Behaviours That Show You Are Reaching a Higher Level of Consciousness

If there’s one thing we know beyond any doubt, it’s that all of life is an evolutionary process. Everything, from the smallest particle in existence to the universe as a whole is in the process of evolution. Mutability is the only truth. Expansion is the point. The only question is whether or not it’s happening

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If there’s one thing we know beyond any doubt, it’s that all of life is an evolutionary process. Everything, from the smallest particle in existence to the universe as a whole is in the process of evolution. Mutability is the only truth. Expansion is the point. The only question is whether or not it’s happening

Rudolf Steiner was a 19th century Austrian mystic who created the foundations for organic agriculture, alternative education and even spoke out openly against the National Socialist Movement...

Rudolf Steiner and His Uncanny Predictions of The Future

Organics are all the rage these days. Everything from baby food to bedding is coming in packaging certifying its organic nature, and — aside from the price in many cases — this is a very good thing. The consumer, by and large, has finally caught on and is demanding their products be pure.  We are

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Organics are all the rage these days. Everything from baby food to bedding is coming in packaging certifying its organic nature, and — aside from the price in many cases — this is a very good thing. The consumer, by and large, has finally caught on and is demanding their products be pure.  We are

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In Defense of Silence: 3 Reasons to Quit Having Conversations that Don’t Matter

“Our young people, raised under old rules of courtesy, never indulged in the present habit of talking incessantly and all at the same time. To do so would have been not only impolite, but foolish; for poise, so much admired as a social grace, could not be accompanied by restlessness. Pauses were acknowledged gracefully and

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“Our young people, raised under old rules of courtesy, never indulged in the present habit of talking incessantly and all at the same time. To do so would have been not only impolite, but foolish; for poise, so much admired as a social grace, could not be accompanied by restlessness. Pauses were acknowledged gracefully and

7 Keys to Higher Consciousness Based on the Teachings of Hawaiian Shamen

7 Keys to Higher Consciousness From Hawaiian Shamans

On the island of Hawaii, also known as the ‘Emerald Islands’, Hawaiian Shamans known as Kahunas traditionally served as the conductors, conduits and psychopomps between realms. Long initiated through nature into these roles, it was their life purpose to use their connections to higher consciousness in service to the larger culture, holding the space for

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On the island of Hawaii, also known as the ‘Emerald Islands’, Hawaiian Shamans known as Kahunas traditionally served as the conductors, conduits and psychopomps between realms. Long initiated through nature into these roles, it was their life purpose to use their connections to higher consciousness in service to the larger culture, holding the space for

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The Difference Between Soul Mates and Life Partners

The idea of Soul Mates is one often brought up. Soul mates. Those people that so many of us feel will ‘complete’ us in some way, were ‘made for us’ — and us for them — and who we very possibly have known in past lifetimes. It is an appealing idea indeed — there are very few

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The idea of Soul Mates is one often brought up. Soul mates. Those people that so many of us feel will ‘complete’ us in some way, were ‘made for us’ — and us for them — and who we very possibly have known in past lifetimes. It is an appealing idea indeed — there are very few

You can read thousands of quotes or hundreds of books and they will not match the wisdom & spiritual guidance of these 35 essential insights of the buddha.

The 35 Essential Insights of The Buddha

“Believe nothing. No matter where you read it, no matter who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” ~ Gautama Buddha You can read thousands of quotes or hundreds of books and they will not match the wisdom and the spiritual

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“Believe nothing. No matter where you read it, no matter who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” ~ Gautama Buddha You can read thousands of quotes or hundreds of books and they will not match the wisdom and the spiritual

7 Things You Must Know to Be a Free Thinker

7 Things You Must Know to Be a Free Thinker

We all have a certain degree of admiration for those forward-thinkers who were ahead of their time, or for those free-spirited individuals who had the courage, the will and the foresight to speak their minds despite the risk of being labelled non-conformists and cast to the outer fringes of society. Well, truth be told, that

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We all have a certain degree of admiration for those forward-thinkers who were ahead of their time, or for those free-spirited individuals who had the courage, the will and the foresight to speak their minds despite the risk of being labelled non-conformists and cast to the outer fringes of society. Well, truth be told, that

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15 Quotes on Enlightened Business Practice From Steve Jobs’ Number One Guru

According to The Business Insider, Steve Jobs only downloaded one book, ever, to his iPad 2: Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda. To those in the know, this should come as no surprise, as it was also his parting gift to all of the attendees at his funeral — the last gesture he made

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According to The Business Insider, Steve Jobs only downloaded one book, ever, to his iPad 2: Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda. To those in the know, this should come as no surprise, as it was also his parting gift to all of the attendees at his funeral — the last gesture he made

4 Questions The Medicine Man Would Ask You...

4 Questions The Medicine Man Would Ask You…

In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine man complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and

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In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine man complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and

Emotional maturity is a difficult thing to measure. We can’t quantify it, or even describe exactly what it is. But we know it when we see it...

Emotional Maturity Is Something Few People Have. Here Are 5 of the Most Common Signs.

“I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Emotional maturity is a difficult thing to measure. We can’t quantify it, or even describe exactly what it is. But we know it when we see it.

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“I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Emotional maturity is a difficult thing to measure. We can’t quantify it, or even describe exactly what it is. But we know it when we see it.

Native American Tribes By Region: A Breathtakingly Expansive History

Native American Tribes By Region: A Breathtakingly Expansive History

Prior to the inception of the internet, it was basically impossible to find any realistic depiction of the Native American, First Nations, Metis and Inuit people anywhere, let alone any kind of map of the many historical Native American tribes by region. (Even well after the dawn of the information age, it remained quite a

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Prior to the inception of the internet, it was basically impossible to find any realistic depiction of the Native American, First Nations, Metis and Inuit people anywhere, let alone any kind of map of the many historical Native American tribes by region. (Even well after the dawn of the information age, it remained quite a

I am a Zen Master & like many before me I have written words of wisdom to encourage others to follow a similar path. Here are 12 Zen Tips to help you...

An Anonymous Monk Provides 12 Zen Tips For Finding Inner Peace

I am a Zen Master and like many before me I have chosen to write words of wisdom in an effort to encourage others to follow a similar path. I admit being a Zen Master is not something everyone aspires to be, but if you want to become more like a Zen Master or a

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I am a Zen Master and like many before me I have chosen to write words of wisdom in an effort to encourage others to follow a similar path. I admit being a Zen Master is not something everyone aspires to be, but if you want to become more like a Zen Master or a

The Founding Fathers openly acknowledged their debt to Native American Spirituality for the structure of the democracy they crafted.

A Primer on Native American Religion: It's History, Influence & Legacy

“Benjamin Franklin, Tom Paine, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, among others, openly acknowledged their debt to Native Americans for the structure of the democracy they crafted. The same revolutionary concepts of government they learned from the Indians were later exported to Europe, where they were carried directly by Thomas Paine.” Native American Religion: A Badly-Needed

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“Benjamin Franklin, Tom Paine, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, among others, openly acknowledged their debt to Native Americans for the structure of the democracy they crafted. The same revolutionary concepts of government they learned from the Indians were later exported to Europe, where they were carried directly by Thomas Paine.” Native American Religion: A Badly-Needed

Time For a New Social Circle? If Your Friends Aren't Willing To See You Change, It May Be | still.drops.com

Time For a New Social Circle? If Your Friends Aren’t Willing to See You Change, It May Be.

All of us grow and change; it’s a part of maturing and discovering who we are as people. As we age, it becomes impossible to avoid. Things happen. We may discover a new passion or a new career and decide to pursue it. Our feelings on everything from politics to personal relationships may rotate 180

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All of us grow and change; it’s a part of maturing and discovering who we are as people. As we age, it becomes impossible to avoid. Things happen. We may discover a new passion or a new career and decide to pursue it. Our feelings on everything from politics to personal relationships may rotate 180

Shadow Psychology: What It Is and How To Apply It

Shadow Psychology: What It Is and How To Apply It

Shadow psychology is a specific form of analysis and treatment found most prominently in Jungian psychology, and based on the broader psychological notion of the  ‘unconscious’ aspects of the human mind (the ‘id’ in Freudian psychology). This article is based almost entirely in the Jungian school of thought regarding shadow psychology, specifically: what it is,

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Shadow psychology is a specific form of analysis and treatment found most prominently in Jungian psychology, and based on the broader psychological notion of the  ‘unconscious’ aspects of the human mind (the ‘id’ in Freudian psychology). This article is based almost entirely in the Jungian school of thought regarding shadow psychology, specifically: what it is,

9 life lessons based on a nameless monk's studies with a Taoist for 9 ½ years, & his travels to Asia & Australia in search of other meditation teachers... 

9 Powerful Life Lessons Learned from Studying With a Monk

When I was 18 years old, I suffered from anxiety and stomach problems. A compassionate physician and practicing Buddhist referred me to a Taoist monk who specialized in meditation and martial arts. I ended up healing myself of anxiety and stomach issues by doing meditation, and went on a great journey of self-discovery. Here are 9 lessons I learned

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When I was 18 years old, I suffered from anxiety and stomach problems. A compassionate physician and practicing Buddhist referred me to a Taoist monk who specialized in meditation and martial arts. I ended up healing myself of anxiety and stomach issues by doing meditation, and went on a great journey of self-discovery. Here are 9 lessons I learned

On Being: A Timeless Excerpt From The Tao Te Ching

Most people think that wisdom has no practical application. That one could read a book like the Tao Te Ching and appreciate the beauty, truth and insight it has to offer, yet remain skeptical of its usefulness in the world of “business”. That’s the thing, though. True sacred texts — ones that do not possess

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Most people think that wisdom has no practical application. That one could read a book like the Tao Te Ching and appreciate the beauty, truth and insight it has to offer, yet remain skeptical of its usefulness in the world of “business”. That’s the thing, though. True sacred texts — ones that do not possess

Crying. It's one of the most repressed and stigmatized displays of emotion humans are capable of expressing, particularly for men, most of whom have been trained their entire lives, spoken or unspoken, that 'boys don't cry'. Yet crying is nature's way of...

Crying: An Essential Gateway to Emotional Healing

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.” ~ Washington Irving Think about the last time you cried.  Was it one of those cries that

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“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.” ~ Washington Irving Think about the last time you cried.  Was it one of those cries that

It is said that the common worker accomplishes 3 hours of actual work in the average 8 hour day. So why the 40hr workweek...?

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The 40hr Workweek)

Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months of traveling. Back to the 40hr workweek. Because I had been living quite a different lifestyle while I was away, this sudden transition to 9-to-5

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Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months of traveling. Back to the 40hr workweek. Because I had been living quite a different lifestyle while I was away, this sudden transition to 9-to-5

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Deep Listening: What It Is And How To Do It

Deep listening. It’s a term (and practice) very few people know anything about. Yet if one can train themselves to learn this powerful and ancient technique of mindfulness (it has been around for millennia and is part and parcel of buddhist practices across the world), a whole new level of comprehension, understanding and wisdom will slowly

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Deep listening. It’s a term (and practice) very few people know anything about. Yet if one can train themselves to learn this powerful and ancient technique of mindfulness (it has been around for millennia and is part and parcel of buddhist practices across the world), a whole new level of comprehension, understanding and wisdom will slowly

From to-do-lists to free-association to postcards, there are a ton of ways that writing -- in whatever form -- can and will stimulate that old spark again.

Getting the Spark Back: How Writing Can Boost Your Productivity and Motivation.

For most of my adult life I didn’t consider myself much of a writer – not much of a creative person at all, really. But it wasn’t always this way. Thinking back to my childhood, my teachers applauded my imagination and storytelling abilities. Heck, I even won a few academic awards and scholarships for a

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For most of my adult life I didn’t consider myself much of a writer – not much of a creative person at all, really. But it wasn’t always this way. Thinking back to my childhood, my teachers applauded my imagination and storytelling abilities. Heck, I even won a few academic awards and scholarships for a

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Symptoms Of Inner Peace

By Saskia Davis, ©1984 Be on the lookout for the symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed, and it is possible that people, everywhere, could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what, up to now, has been a fairly stable

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By Saskia Davis, ©1984 Be on the lookout for the symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed, and it is possible that people, everywhere, could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what, up to now, has been a fairly stable

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Buddhist Koans: 15 of the Deepest Zen Riddles

Buddhist koans are an ancient and incredibly effective tool for spiritual teaching. They are known to many in the west as “unanswerable” questions, meant to puzzle and provoke a student’s thinking. This is a misconception. In traditional Zen Buddhism, koans are intended to be answered, though the answer may be difficult to find, and there

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Buddhist koans are an ancient and incredibly effective tool for spiritual teaching. They are known to many in the west as “unanswerable” questions, meant to puzzle and provoke a student’s thinking. This is a misconception. In traditional Zen Buddhism, koans are intended to be answered, though the answer may be difficult to find, and there

Chi. Is it real? Or just an old, out-moded mystical belief that stubbornly refuses to die? Here we look at the history, science & techniques of chi...

How To Use Chi Energy: What It Is and Where It Comes From

So. You’ve come to this article because you want to learn how to use chi energy. While we will indeed get to it, the first thing that must be done is to throw out all of those terrible habits you’ve developed over the years while surfing for information on the internet. If you’re serious about

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So. You’ve come to this article because you want to learn how to use chi energy. While we will indeed get to it, the first thing that must be done is to throw out all of those terrible habits you’ve developed over the years while surfing for information on the internet. If you’re serious about