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Shamanic Healing: We Are Not Alone

Shamanic Healing: We Are Not Alone
An Interview of Michael Harner by Bonnie Horrigan
© Shamanism, Spring/Summer 1997, Vol. 10, No. 1

Michael Harner, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving shamanic knowledge as it survives on the planet and to teaching the basic principles of that knowledge for practical applications in the contemporary world.

http://www.shamanism.org/articles/article01.html

Existence: Am I a hologram?

TAKE a look around you. The walls, the chair you're sitting in, your own body - they all seem real and solid. Yet there is a possibility that everything we see in the universe - including you and me - may be nothing more than a hologram.

From New Scientists "Existence special: Cosmic mysteries, human questions"

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The Biology of Kundalini

An online Ebook by Jana Dixon about the science and biology of the Kundalini awakening experience.

KUNDALINI - (Sanskrit kund, "to burn"; kunda, "to coil or to spiral") a concentrated field of intelligent, cosmic invisible energy absolutely vital to life; beginning in the base of the spine when a man or woman begins to evolve as wisdom is earned. Kundalini has been described as liquid fire and liquid light. The ultimate outcome of kundalini is the union of Will (sakti- kundalini), Knowledge {prana-kundalini) and Action (para- kundalini)

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A Commentary on the ‘Christos’ Technique

The Christos Technique was written about by Gerald Glaskin in 1974. It is a set of relaxation and visualisation exercises (not unlike hypnosis) that can produce a variety of altered states, but most notably, Glaskin found it effective for exploring past lives.

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Uncoiling the spiral: Maths and hallucinations

Think drug-induced hallucinations, and the whirly, spirally, tunnel-vision-like patterns of psychedelic imagery immediately spring to mind. But it's not just hallucinogenic drugs like LSD, cannabis or mescaline that conjure up these geometric structures. People have reported seeing them in near-death experiences, as a result of disorders like epilepsy and schizophrenia, following sensory deprivation, or even just after applying pressure to the eyeballs. So common are these geometric hallucinations, that in the last century scientists began asking themselves if they couldn't tell us something fundamental about how our brains are wired up. And it seems that they can.

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New neurons help us to remember fear

Fear burns memories into our brain, and new research by University of California, Berkeley, neuroscientists explains how.

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Dr. Helen Wambach and Reincarnation

Dr. Helen Wambach (Ph.D.) was one of the earliest scientific researchers into past lives and reincaration. She was the author of Reliving Past Lives and Life Before Life (both published in 1978 by Bantam paperback books). The updated Reliving Past Lives: The Evidence Under Hypnosis was published in 1984. Mass Dreams of the Future was published by Chet Snow in 1993 after her death was based on her research.

Initially motivated by a desire to debunk reincarnation, beginning in the mid-1960s, Helen Wambach conducted a 10-year survey of past-life recalls under hypnosis among 1,088 subjects.

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Breath Retraining, the Vagus Nerve, and Depression with Dr. Fred Muench

Dr. Fred Muench offers a unique perspective into the science and application of conscious breathing, with some startling revelations on the profound effects breathing has on depression, anxiety and hypertension. link to interview

What I find interesting about this article and using conscious breathing to stimulate the vagus nerve, is the correlations it has with the out of body sleep breathing technique that Nick Newport talks about on his lucidology videos. ...

Hypnotism 'speeds up cancer op recovery and cuts chance of it returning'

Hypnotising women undergoing breast cancer surgery could speed their recovery and reduce the odds of the disease returning, experts believe.

They say using a combination of hypnotism and local anaesthetic to put patients under also allows quicker discharge from hospital and leaves patients more satisfied overall.

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Solar Activity and Consciousness

How have you been sleeping and dreaming lately? After two nights of strangely disruptive sleep a few weeks ago, a friend brought to my attention the strong solar storm activity that has been affecting the earth's magnetic field lately. I checked the solarweather website and found there had been a strong aurora coinciding with the two nights of strange sleep.

It has been well documented that the gravitational effects of the moon affect our biology. Could the magnetic radiation emanating from extreme solar events effect the brain's electrochemical processes?

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..Is all that we see or seem,
but a dream within a dream.
Edgar Allan Poe