Holotropic Breathwork Naturally Induces Psychedelic States of Mind

by Jeff Roberts Humans have a unique appetite for experiencing altered states of consciousness, and this inclination is evident in many facets of social culture today, such as our attraction to alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, psychedelics, and more. But is it possible to access these altered states without the help of a substance? Do we all possess the inner mechanisms to heal our latent traumas? Dr. Stanislav Grof, a 83-year old Czech-born psychiatrist fascinated by the healing capabilities of non-ordinary states, has just the answer to these questions. Stanislav teaches a powerful technique called holotropic breathwork, a practice he’s been developing … Continue reading Holotropic Breathwork Naturally Induces Psychedelic States of Mind

The Conspiracy of Language

by Zen Gardner Here’s a good exercise that will help alter your conscious awareness and put punch and clarity where slosh once existed. Don’t even use the words “hope” or “believe”. Every time you’re tempted to say, write or even think these debilitating, nebulous concepts, replace “I hope” or “I believe” with “I think” or “it appears to me” or something else realistic that clearly indicates what you really mean. These types of inhibitors are a subtle trick of the programmed language we’ve been handed. We don’t need full evidence to make conjectures or intuitive surmisings. Just call them what … Continue reading The Conspiracy of Language

8 WTF Moments In Classical Art

by nmiz1990   If you’ve ever been to an art museum it’s pretty easy to be confused by what you’re looking at. These are just a few of the weirder ones. And what’s better than weird art? Sienese master, 13th century, Louvre. WHY!? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT, SNAKE? Minos, Last Judgement, Michelangelo, 1540, Sistine Chapel. OMG SO DRUNK??? Bacchanal of the Andrians, Titian, 1523. Museo del Prado. Take it easy with that stuff, Jesus. Christ with crown of thorns, Artist Unknown, 17th Century. Segovia Cathedral. Yeah, can you stuff my human with extra crows please? And hold the ketchup, thanks. … Continue reading 8 WTF Moments In Classical Art

Super Bowl athletes are scientists at work

There’s science going on here, no test tubes or lab coats necessary. USA Today Sports / Reuters by Chad Orzel (Associate Professor of Physics at Union College) Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gets called a lot of things. He calls himself the greatest cornerback in the NFL (and Seattle fans tend to agree). Sportswriters and some other players call him a loudmouth and a showboater. Fans of other teams call him a lot of things that shouldn’t see print (even on the internet). One thing you’re not likely to hear anyone on ESPN call Sherman, though, is “scientist.” And yet, … Continue reading Super Bowl athletes are scientists at work

Are your over the counter medicines making you ill? As it’s revealed some hayfever drugs and sleeping pills may raise the risk of dementia, what about the other medicines in your bathroom cabinet

Medicines such as Benylin with Codeine (pictured) can cause drowsiness in the short term New research links over-the-counter drugs to a higher risk of dementia Some products contain drugs that block a brain chemical linked to memory Expert: ‘Just because a drug is sold in a pharmacy doesn’t mean it’s safe’ By Jo Waters For The Daily Mail How safe are over-the-counter pills you buy from your supermarket or chemist? New U.S. research has linked the drugs in some over-the-counter and prescription medicines to a higher risk of dementia. Products such as the antihistamine Piriton and the sleep remedy Nytol … Continue reading Are your over the counter medicines making you ill? As it’s revealed some hayfever drugs and sleeping pills may raise the risk of dementia, what about the other medicines in your bathroom cabinet

Cancer Criminals: The Shady World of People Faking Cancer Online

The Internet has made it easier for those with bad intentions to take advantage of the good will of others. By Jenna Glatzer A couple of years ago, I was moved by a teenager’s devastatingly sad tale she’d posted online: Both she and her best friend had cancer, and the best friend was losing her battle. I posted words of encouragement and shared her messages with my friends to support this poor girl, but a few months later, I began questioning. Everything that possibly could go wrong on the planet seemed to be going wrong for her. Each day was … Continue reading Cancer Criminals: The Shady World of People Faking Cancer Online

The Real Drug Lords: A brief history of CIA involvement in the Drug Trade

By William Blum This article was first published on August 31, 2008. 1947 to 1951, FRANCE According to Alfred W. McCoy in The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, CIA arms, money, and disinformation enabled Corsican criminal syndicates in Marseille to wrestle control of labor unions from the Communist Party. The Corsicans gained political influence and control over the docks — ideal conditions for cementing a long-term partnership with mafia drug distributors, which turned Marseille into the postwar heroin capital of the Western world. Marseille’s first heroin laboratones were opened in 1951, only months after the Corsicans took over the … Continue reading The Real Drug Lords: A brief history of CIA involvement in the Drug Trade