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The Importance of Sleep, and the Hazards of “Dream Deprivation”

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Dr. Rubin Naiman, author of Hush: A Book of Bedtime Contemplations, is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine directed by Dr. Andrew Weil. As a sleep and dream expert, his focus is how sleeping and dreaming affects your health.

First Human Trials of Genetically Modified Bananas Underway

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The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) had previously signed an agreement with India’s department of biotechnology to invest in a four-year project to develop GMO iron-rich bananas. Now, a researcher at the QUT has led a scientific effort to create GMO bananas with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The world’s first human trial of pro-vitamin A-enriched banana is underway in the United States.

7 Ways Probiotics Detoxify Your Body

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You’ve probably heard the buzz already about the many health benefits of probiotics, a word which literally translates to: pro- “for” + biotics “life” — FOR LIFE. But did you know that these remarkable commensal microorganisms, which outnumber our bodily cells 10 to 1, and contribute over 95% of our body’s total genetic information, also break down highly toxic manmade chemicals which your body is either incapable, or only partially capable, of defending itself from?

Everything is Energy

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“Now I realize that it isn’t the miracle that creates the believer. Instead, we are all believers. We believe that the illusion of the material world is completely real. That belief is our only prison. It prevents us from making the journey into the unknown.” - Deepak Chopra

Not Just the Bees – Pesticides Wiping Out Birds Too

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Netherlands researchers fear the second coming of Silent Spring.

“Neonicotinoids were always regarded as selective toxins. But our results suggest that they may affect the entire ecosystem,” says Hans de Kroon of Radboud University and co-author of a study recently published in Nature journal.

5 Mind-Blowing Lessons from Psychedelics Experts

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A recent online course unraveled psychedelic science, medicine, art and spirituality.

The problem with banning anything out of a fear of the unknown is that many unknowns will remain. Such is the story of many psychedelic drugs in the U.S. While the government has experimented with various psychedelic compounds (take the CIA’s secret attempts at LSD mind-control between 1953 to 1964) over the years prohibition has become the name of the game.

The 5 Biggest Spiritual Lies You Have Ever Been Told

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The world is rife with lies and deceptions – more than you can shake a shaky stick at. Spiritual lies breed confusion, fear, dogma and all kinds of other nonsense. At the same time they keep one fumbling about in the darkness separated from the truth. Spiritual lies are created by religious powers or sometimes by groups of people with the best intentions – but lacking the deeper spiritual knowledge. Spiritual lies are also dangerous as self-responsibility is deferred and the believers in the lies remain dis-empowered and not in control of their lives. So it always pays to exercise discernment.

On Chinese Medicine: The Five Xíng

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European philosophy has long been dominated by questions of epistemology: what do we know? how do we know it? how can we justify our claims to knowledge? Chinese philosophy — perhaps because of its origins in practical political thought — has been dominated instead by questions of change: why is there change rather than stability? what is the relationship between change and human action? are there patterns of change that we can detect and use to our advantage?

Lifting the Veil – How to Strengthen Psychic and Intuitive Abilities

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Environmental conditions can often produce a hyper-sensitive empath. When I came into the world aware in-vitro, I acquired a hyper-vigilant survival mechanism of empathically and psychically needing to connect with everyone around me to gauge their behavior / mood / thought patterns, thus strengthening my “intuitive muscles” over time – making me a good intuitive.

Liberation – of That Specific Type

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Who or what am I? We say “I Am”, but who or what is that? It seems there are many answers offered. Maybe the question has been fully answered for you. To me, the ‘I Am’ relates to empowerment as a Being; the capacity to create, the discipline to surrender to Higher Self, having ‘heart’ power, or fearless living, or all of it and then some.

In the last article I offered some conversation about contemplating. Does a flower in the desert complain and say, “I should be in a rainforest?” Of course not. It grows where it is. So, among the things I contemplate are the circumstances that surround me.

Sit Until the World Becomes Still

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Sit until the world becomes still. There is a quote that Wayne Dyer uses frequently by a man named Blaise Pascal which goes: “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

A One World Religion is Already Here

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Dear Humans,

Today I would like to return to your awareness an aspect of the Human condition that adheres to certain religious beliefs and practices. It has long been understood by the architects of social order that a belief system predicated on fear and consequence was essential for maintaining control and domination over a populace. From their perspective you can see how important a template of compliancy would be. So church was created along with its extrusions of laws and moral antecedents that were mixed into that catchall phrase called religion.

Odyssey - Issue 2 2014

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