Sunday, April 20, 2014

10 Scientific Studies That Prove Consciousness Can Alter Our Physical Material World

Nikola Tesla said it best, “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. To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think it terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

Swami Vivekananda was Tesla's mentor, an Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th century saint Ramakrishna.

Science works best when in harmony with nature. If we put these two together, we can discover great technologies that can only come about when the consciousness of the planet is ready to embrace them, like free energy.

I want to make it clear that my intention of presenting this information is to demonstrate that thoughts, intentions, prayer and other units of consciousness can directly influence our physical material world. Consciousness can be a big factor in creating change on the planet. Sending thoughts of love, healing intent, prayer, good intention, and more can have a powerful influence on what you are directing those feelings towards. Fukushima for example, if a mass amount of people send their thoughts and good intention to our waters, we can help mitigate the situation. These concepts can be used on a mass scale as one human race with one intent in their hearts, for multiple problems, as well as individual situations in our own lives. When our consciousness starts to merge into one as a collective, and we all start to see through the same eyes, we will begin to transform the world around us. I believe we are currently in this process.

For quite some time now, physicists have been exploring the relationship between human consciousness and its relationship to the structure of matter. Previously it was believed that a Newtonian material universe was the foundation of our physical material reality. This all changed when scientists began to recognize that everything in the universe is made out of energy. Quantum physicists discovered that physical atoms are made up of vorticies of energy that are constantly spinning and vibrating. Matter, at it's tiniest observable level, is energy, and human consciousness is connected to it, human consciousness can influence it's behavior and even re-structure it.

“Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real” – Niels Bohr

“The hypothesis of modern science starts from matter as the basic reality, considering space to be an extension of the void. The phenomenon of creation of stable cosmic matter, therefore, goes beyond the scope of present science. The theory also neither pinpoints the source of cosmic energy that resides in the structure of matter, nor can it explain the cause of material properties that are experienced with the behavior of matter. These are, in brief, the limitations of modern scientific theories at the most basic level of the physical phenomena of nature. When a scientific theory cannot cope with the question of the very origin of the universal matter and energy, how could it ever grasp and explain the phenomenon of consciousness which is evident in living beings?” – Paramahamsa Tewari (0)

The revelation that the universe is not an assembly of physical parts, but instead comes from an entanglement of immaterial energy waves stems from the work of Albert Einstein, Max Planck and Werner Heisenberg, amongst others.

1. The Quantum Double Slit Experiment

The quantum double slit experiment is a great example of how consciousness and our physical material world are intertwined. One potential revelation of this experience is that “the observer creates the reality.” A paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays explains how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality. (2)

In this experiment, a double-slit optical system was used to test the possible role of consciousness in the collapse of the quantum wave-function. The ratio of the interference pattern's double slit spectral power to its single slit spectral power was predicted to decrease when attention was focused toward the double slit as compared to away from it. The study found that factors associated with consciousness significantly correlated in predicted ways with perturbations in the double slit interference pattern. (2) For visual demonstration of this experiment, click here.

“Observation not only disturbs what has to be measured, they produce it. We compel the electron to assume a definite position. We ourselves produce the results of the measurement.” (2)

“A fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the observer creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.” (R.C. Henry, “The Mental Universe” ; Nature 436:29,2005) (1)

2. Government Sponsored Psychokinesis Experiments

Psychokinesis, also known as PK, encompasses the possible influence of human consciousness on the behavior of physical or biological systems or processes, and comprises several loosely related classes of effect characterized by different scales of energy, forms of manifestation, replicability and statistical behavior. (3)

In 2004, a United States Air Force research project declassified a paper titled Teleportation Physics Study, authored by Eric Davis, Ph. D., showing that psychokinesis and other parapsychological phenomenon have been subject to rigorous research and documentation by several researchers and institutions. (4)

One particular example was the work of professional aerospace engineer Jack Houck, along with Army Colonel J.B. Alexander. They were responsible for holding a number of PK sessions, where attendees were taught the PK induction process and how to initiate their own PK events using various metal specimens like forks and spoons. Individuals were able to completely bend or contort their metal specimens with no physical force being applied whatsoever. (5)

These events were held for government science advisors and senior military officials. They took place at the Pentagon, at officers' and scientists' homes, and at U.S Army Intelligence & Security Command locations all over the world. Commanding generals, colonels and more were always in attendance. What was witnessed by all was spontaneous deformation of mental specimens, which caused “a great deal of excitement” amongst those present. (4)

“We will need a physics theory of consciousness and psychotronics, along with more experimental data, and discover the physical mechanisms that lay behind the psychotronic manipulation of matter.” (4)

3. The Global Consciousness Experiment/Random Number Generators

The global consciousness experiment is an international, multidisciplinary project between multiple scientists and engineers. (7), (8) It originates from Princeton University, in conjunction with the Institute of Noetic Sciences. It collects data constantly from a worldwide network of physical random number generators located all over the planet. The data is transmitted to a home base, which now has more than 15 years of data stored in it.

“Our purpose is to examine subtle correlations that may reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world. We hypothesize that there will be structure in what should be random data, associated with major global events that engage our minds and hearts.” (7)

RNGs are systems created by Princeton researchers that are sensitive to and respond to the intentions of individuals, in other words, the influence of consciousness. They also respond to marked shifts in attention occurring in their environment. Peaks of order are commonly recorded during moments of shared attention and emotions. RNGs also responded, and had the largest effects ever recorded by the Global Consciousness Project during major world events, like 9/11. (6) Other large recordings have occurred on presidential inaugurations, tsunamis and the deaths of public figures. These findings stirred deep questions about the nature of consciousness and it's connection to our physical material reality.
You can read more about RNGs here.

4. NSA/CIA Remote Viewing Experiments In Conjunction With Stanford University

Remote viewing is the ability of individuals to describe remote geographical locations up to several hundred thousand kilometers (even more) away. This concept has been proven, demonstrated and documented a number of times.

In 1995, the CIA declassified and approved the release of documents revealing its involvement in the program that lasted for more than 25 years. (10) (9)

Ingo Swann, one participant in this experiment was able to view specific rings around Jupiter before NASA was about to take pictures of it with their pioneer 10 craft. This was documented in the research. Individuals were also able to view objects and people in separate rooms that were completely blocked off from their present physical location. The fact that some have/ had the capability to project their consciousness elsewhere from their present physical location is quite amazing.

These projects occurred for decades, while some of the mainstream world continued to view them as “pseudoscience,” the Department of Defense takes them extremely seriously, and keeps them extremely secret. This program was part of a program called “STARGATE” and was unexpectantly shut down. (11)

You can read more about remote viewing here.

5. Thoughts and Intentions Alter The Physical Structure of Water

Experiments over the past four decades have investigated whether human intention alone affects the properties of water. (12)

This question has been around for a while in the alternative medicine realms, because the human body is made up of approximately 70% water. According to the Institute of Noetic Sciences, researchers have suggested that intentionally influenced water can be detected by examining ice crystals formed from samples of that water. Consistent results commonly point to the idea that positive intentions tend to produce symmetric, well-formed, aesthetically pleasing crystals, and negative intentions tend to produce asymmetric, poorly formed and unattractive crystals. (12)

If thoughts and emotions can do this to water, just imagine what they can do to us.

Many people point out that this experiment was a fraud, but it's been conducted multiple times and replicated by some highly respectable individuals in the field of science. The paper I am citing here is from Dean Radin, who has published multiple research papers in peer-reviewed journals. The experiment was conducted at the Institute for Noetic Sciences and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University. (12)

You can read more about this experiment here

This also correlates with a study that examined the role of intention and belief on mood while drinking tea. It explored whether drinking tea “treated” with good intentions by monks would have an effect on mood more so than drinking ordinary tea. The study was done under double-blind, randomized conditions, and results proved positive. (13)

6. The Placebo Effect

It's been well documented that we can change our biology simply by what we believe to be true. The placebo effect is defined as the measurable, observable, or felt improvement in health or behavior not attributable to a medication or invasive treatment that has been administered. It suggests that one can treat various ailments by using the mind to heal. Many studies have shown that the placebo effect (the power of consciousness) is real and highly effective.

A Baylor School of Medicine study, published in 2002 in the New England Journal of Medicine, (14) looked at surgery for patients with severe and debilitating knee pain. Many surgeons know there is no placebo effect in surgery, or so most of them believe. The patients were divided into three groups. The surgeons shaved the damaged cartilage in the knee of one group. For the second group they flushed out the knee joint, removing all of the material believed to be causing inflammation. Both of these processes are the standard surgeries people go through who have severe arthritic knees. The third group received a “fake” surgery, the patients were only sedated and tricked that they actually had the knee surgery. For the patients not really receiving the surgery, the doctors made the incisions and splashed salt water on the knee as they would in normal surgery. They then sewed up the incisions like the real thing and the process was complete. All three groups went through the same rehab process, and the results were astonishing. The placebo group improved just as much as the other two groups who had had surgery.

Another great example of the placebo effect came from the United States Department of Health and Human Services in 1999. The report discovered that half of severely depressed patients taking drugs improve compared to the thirty-two percent taking a placebo. Don't forget about all of the side effects and dangers that have been associated with antidepressants every year. Don't forget that the ‘depression industry’ alone is a multi-billion dollar one.

A 2002 article published in the American Psychological Association's prevention & treatment, by University of Connecticut psychology professor Irving Kirsch titled, “The Emperor's New Drugs,” made some more shocking discoveries (15) (16). He found that 80 percent of the effect of antidepressants, as measured in clinical trials, could be attributed to the placebo effect. This professor even had to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to get information on the clinical trials of the top antidepressants.

For more on the Placebo Effect, click here.

7. Teleportation

“It became known to myself, along with several colleagues both inside and outside of government, that anomalous teleportation has been scientifically investigated and separately documented by the Department of Defense.”

A paper published in the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) in September 1981, in the journal Ziran Zazhi (Nature Journal)tilted “Some Experiments on the Transfer of Objects Performed by Unusual Abilities of the Human Body” (Shuhuang et al., 1981) reported that ‘gifted children,’ were able to cause the teleportation of small, physical objects from one place to another. (4) Objects included watches, horseflies, other insects, radio micro-transmitters, photosensitive paper and more. The participants never touched the objects beforehand. The experiments were done under both blind and double-blind conditions, and the researches involved came from various colleges and sectors of the Department of Defense. This is an exceptional case, because it was deemed necessary that an unclassified Intelligence Information Report be prepared for public viewing.

More research was done by the Aerospace Medicine Engineering Institute in Beijing, in July of 1990. It was published in the Chinese Journal of Somatic Science (Kongzhi et al., 1990: Jinggen et al., 1990; Banghui; 1990). This study reported several experiments involving high speed photography video taping, which was able to capture the transfer of test specimens like nuts, matches, nails, pills and more through the walls of sealed paper envelopes, sealed glass bottles and tubes, sealed plastic film canisters and more without the walls of any of these containers being breached. All of these experiments reported using gifted children and adults to cause the teleportation of various materials. (4) You can read more on teleportation here.

8. The Science of The Heart

The heart generates the largest electromagnetic field produced in the body. Researchers have analyzed the spectrum analysis of the magnetic field that's produced by the heart, and results have shown that emotional information is encoded into this electromagnetic field. So, by shifting our emotions, we are changing the information that is encoded into these electromagnetic field that are radiated by the heart. This can impact those around us. When we are feeling emotions of compassion, love, gratitude and understanding, the heart beats out a very different message.


For more, please visit the Institute of Heartmath.

9/10 And Beyond

There are numerous studies documenting how consciousness and our physical material reality are intertwined, in so many different ways, with many different examples like the ones listed above. I am going to leave you with a long list of selected peer-reviewed journal publications on Psi research. This involves anomalous processes of information or energy transfer, telepathy and other forms of unexplained phenomenon that have observable, repeatable outcomes in the lab.

Click HERE to continue your research on how consciousness and our physical material world are interconnected.

Consciousness plays a very important role in changing our planet. Just having these thoughts alone would contribute to the massive shift in consciousness that's occurring. Find your inner peace, be peace, be love, acting and living your life from such a place plays a very important role in changing the world.

Credits: Collective-Evolution | tewari.org(0), The mental Universe.pdf(1), Teleportation Physics Study.pdf(4), PK Party Format.pdf(5), Global Consciousness Project(7), Princeton.edu(8), Remote Viewing.pdf(10), Ifr.org(11), Water Test.pdf(12), Metaphysics of the Tea Ceremony.pdf(13), PsycNET(15), Scientific American(16)

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

300+ Mind Expanding Documentaries

I watch a lot of documentaries. I think they are incredible tools for learning and increasing our awareness of important issues. The power of an interesting documentary is that it can open our minds to new possibilities and deepen our understanding of the world.

On this list of mind expanding documentaries you will find different viewpoints, controversial opinions and even contradictory ideas. Critical thinking is recommended. I'm not a big fan of conspiracy documentaries but I do like films that challenge consensus reality and provoke us to question the everyday ideas, opinions and practices we usually take for granted.

300+ Mind Expanding Documentaries

Watching documentaries is one of my favorite methods of self-education. If I find a documentary inspiring, I usually spend more time researching the different ideas and interesting people interviewed in the film. I hope you find these documentaries as enlightening as I did!

[1] Life In The Biosphere

Explore the wonder and interconnectedness of the biosphere through the magic of technology.

  1. Home
  2. How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth
  3. The Magical Forest
  4. Ants: Nature's Secret Power
  5. Mt. Everest: How It Was Made
  6. Mariana's Trench: The Deepest Spot On Earth
  7. Natural World: The Andes
  8. Shining Mountains: The Rockies
  9. Grand Canyon: How It Was Made
  10. The Intelligence of Plants
[2] Creativity and Design:

Learn about all the amazing things that people create with their imaginations.

  1. Everything Is A Remix
  2. The Creative Brain: How Insight Works
  3. Design: The New Business
  4. PressPausePlay: Art and Creativity in the Digital Age
  5. Infamy: A Graffiti Documentary
  6. Influencers: How Trends and Creativity Become Contagious
  7. RIP: A Remix Manifesto
  8. Design: e² – Sustainable Architecture
  9. The Genius Of Design
[3] The Education Industrial Complex:

The modern school where young minds are moulded into standardized citizens by the state.

  1. The College Conspiracy
  2. Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk
  3. The Forbidden Education
  4. Default: The Student Loan Documentary
  5. College Inc.
  6. Education For A Sustainable Future
  7. Networked Society: The Future of Learning
  8. The Ultimate History Lesson With John Taylor Gatto
  9. The Education System in Communist China
  10. The War On Kids
[4] The Digital Revolution:

The Internet is now the driving force behind change and innovation in the world.

  1. The Age of Big Data
  2. Resonance: Beings of Frequency
  3. Life In A Day
  4. Networked Society: On The Brink
  5. Us Now: Social Media and Mass Collaboration
  6. WikiRebels: The WikiLeaks Story
  7. The Virtual Revolution: The Cost of Free
  8. How Hackers Changed the World
[5] A New Civilization:

We are at the dawn of a new golden age of human inventiveness.

  1. THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?
  2. Zeitgeist III: Moving Forward
  3. Paradise or Oblivion
  4. 2012: Time For Change
  5. The Crisis of Civilization
  6. The Collective Evolution II
  7. The Quickening: Awakening As One
  8. 2012 Crossing Over: A New Beginning
  9. Collapse
  10. The Awakening
[6] Politics:

Explore the politics of power and control and how it affects your life.

  1. Owned and Operated
  2. UnGrip
  3. The Power Principle
  4. The True Story of Che Guevara
  5. Earth Days
  6. Capitalism Is The Crisis
  7. WikiLeaks: The Secret Life of a Superpower
  8. The Putin System
  9. The War On Democracy
  10. Rise Like Lions: Occupy Wall Street and the Seeds of Revolution
[7] Biographies of Genius:

The biographies of modern geniuses who pushed humanity forward.

  1. Isaac Newton: The Last Magician
  2. The Unlimited Energy of Nicola Tesla
  3. The Missing Secrets Of Nikola Tesla
  4. Richard Feynman: No Ordinary Genius
  5. How Albert Einstein’s Brain Worked
  6. The Extraordinary Genius of Albert Einstein
  7. Leonardo Da Vinci: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything
[8] War:

War is history's oldest racket for stealing from the powerless and redistributing resources to the powerful.

  1. Psywar: The Real Battlefield Is Your Mind
  2. The Secret History of 9/11
  3. Robot Armies in the Future
  4. The Never Ending War in Afghanistan
  5. Shadow Company: Mercenaries In The Modern World
  6. Why We Fight
  7. The Fog Of War
  8. The Oil Factor: Behind The War On Terror
[9] Economics:

Learn about the financial system works and how people and societies are enslaved through debt.

  1. The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
  2. Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis
  3. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of The World
  4. The One Percent
  5. Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street
  6. The Last Days Of Lehman Brothers
  7. The Four Horsemen
  8. Inside Job: The Biggest Robbery In Human History
  9. Capitalism A Love Story
  10. Money and Life
[10] Digital Entrepreneurship:

Profiles of the entrepreneurs who used technology to change the world.

  1. The Life Of A Young Entrepreneur
  2. Profile: Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin
  3. Profile: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg
  4. Starting-Up in America
  5. Steve Jobs: One Last Thing
  6. Steve Jobs: The Billion Dollar Hippy
  7. Elon Musk: Risk Takers
  8. The Story of Twitter
[11] Sports:

Watch the inspiring stories of amazing athletes.

  1. Fearless: The Jeb Corliss Story
  2. Carts of Darkness
  3. Usain Bolt: The World's Fastest Man
  4. Wayne Gretzky: The Life and Times
  5. Mike Tyson: Beyond the Glory
  6. Birdmen
  7. The Legacy Of Michael Jordan
  8. We Ride: The Story of Snowboarding
[12] Technology:

Find out more about the impact of exponential growth and the approaching Singularity.

  1. Ray Kurzweil: The Transcendent Man
  2. How Robots Will Change the World
  3. Human 2.0
  4. Trance-Formation: The Future of Humanity
  5. The Venus Project: Future By Design
  6. Bionics, Transhumanism And The End Of Evolution
  7. The Singularity Is Near
  8. Car Technology Of The Future
[13] Origins of Religion:

Explore the original religious experience of mankind at the dawn of civilization.

  1. Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within
  2. Manifesting the Mind: Footprints of the Shaman
  3. Ancient Egypt and The Alternative Story of Mankind’s Origins
  4. The Hidden Knowledge of the Supernatural
  5. Re-Awaken: Open Your Heart, Expand Your Mind
  6. Shamans of the Amazon
  7. The Root of All Evil: The God Delusion
  8. Ancient Knowledge
  9. The Naked Truth
  10. Before Babel: In Search of the First Language
[14] Western Religion:

The fascinating history of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

  1. Secret Quest: The Path of the Christian Gnostics
  2. The Secret Gate of Eden
  3. Forbidden Knowledge: Lost Secrets of the Bible
  4. Banned From The Bible: Secrets Of The Apostles
  5. The Road To Armageddon
  6. Muhammad: The Legacy of a Prophet
  7. A Complete History of God
  8. Gnosis: The Untold History of the Bible
[15] Eastern Religion:

Expand your mind by also studying the entirely different religious worldviews of the East.

  1. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds
  2. The Life Of The Buddha
  3. The Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World
  4. Mysteries of the Cosmic OM: Ancient Vedic Science
  5. Where Science and Buddhism Meet
  6. The Yogis of Tibet
  7. Taj Mahal: Secrets To Blow Your Mind
  8. Light at the Edge of the World: Tibetan Science of the Mind
  9. Myths of Mankind: The Mahabharata
  10. Ayurveda: The Art of Being
[16] Consciousness:

Learn about the basic unity of existence and the miracle of consciousness.

  1. Athene's Theory of Everything
  2. Theory of Everything: GOD, Devils, Dimensions, Dragons & The Illusion of Reality
  3. The God Within: Physics, Cosmology and Consciousness
  4. 5 Gateways: The Five Key Expansions of Consciousness
  5. Return to the Source: Philosophy and The Matrix
  6. The Holographic Universe
  7. DMT: The Spirit Molecule
  8. Kymatica
  9. Neuroplasticity: The Brain That Changes Itself
[17] Mysteries:

Indiana Jones-style explorations into the unsolved mysteries of the past.

  1. Alchemy: Sacred Secrets Revealed
  2. The Day Before Disclosure
  3. The Pyramid Code
  4. The Secret Design of the Egyptian Pyramids
  5. Decoding the Past: Secrets of the Dollar Bill
  6. Origins of the Da Vinci Code
  7. Forbidden Knowledge: Ancient Medical Secrets
  8. Secret Mysteries of America's Beginnings: The New Atlantis
  9. Secrets in Plain Sight
[18] Mass Culture:

Learn about how our thoughts and opinions are influenced by mass culture.

  1. The Century of the Self
  2. All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace
  3. The Power Of Nightmares
  4. Starsuckers: A Culture Obsessed By Celebrity
  5. Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century
  6. Obey: The Death of the Liberal Class
  7. Motivational Guru: The Story of Tony Robbins
  8. Bob Marley: Freedom Road
  9. Radiant City
[19] Corporate Media:

Discover how the mass media and advertisers channel our irrational impulses.

  1. Weapons of Mass Deceptions
  2. Secrets of the Superbrands
  3. Orwell Rolls in his Grave
  4. The Esoteric Agenda
  5. Propaganda
  6. The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Model of News
  7. Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
  8. Symbolism in Logos: Subliminal Messages or Ancient Archetypes
  9. Edward Snowden: A Truth Unveiled
  10. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
[20] Art and Literature:

Explore the lives of famous artists and how art opens people's minds.

  1. Cosm: Alex Gray's Visionary Art
  2. Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop
  3. New Art and the Young Artists Behind It
  4. Salvador Dali: A Master of the Modern Era
  5. The Day Pictures Were Born
  6. Off-Book: Digital Age Creativity
  7. This Is Modern Art
[21] Health:

Explore issues in health, how our bodies work and the incredible power of our brains.

  1. The Human Brain
  2. The Truth About Vitamins
  3. How To Live To 101
  4. America's Obesity Epidemic
  5. The War On Health
  6. The Beautiful Truth
  7. Food Inc.
  8. The Truth About Food
  9. The Living Matrix
[22] Drugs:

Documentaries on the effect of drugs — legal and illegal — on the body and mind.

  1. The Union: The Business Behind Getting High
  2. The Drugging Of Our Children
  3. How Marijuana Affects Your Health
  4. Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging
  5. Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis
  6. LSD: The Beyond Within
  7. The War on Drugs: The Prison Industrial Complex
  8. Are Illegal Drugs More Dangerous Than Legal Drugs?
  9. The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
  10. Run From The Cure: The Rick Simpson Story
[23] Environment:

Thought-provoking documentaries on the environmental movement and the growing threats to our biosphere.

  1. Earthlings
  2. Blue Gold: World Water Wars
  3. Shift: Beyond the Numbers of the Climate Crisis
  4. All Things Are Connected
  5. The Fight For Amazonia
  6. Flow: For Love Of Water
  7. Here Comes the Sun
  8. The World According To Monsanto
  9. The Story of Stuff
[24] Cosmos:

Expand your mind by exploring our indescribably large and beautiful Cosmos.

  1. The Search for Planets Similar to Earth
  2. Cosmic Journeys : The Largest Black Holes in the Universe
  3. The Mystery of the Milky Way
  4. Fractals: The Hidden Dimension
  5. Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking: The Story of Everything
  6. Pioneer Science: Discovering Deep Space
  7. Carl Sagan's Cosmos
  8. The Strangest Things In The Universe
[25] Science:

The history of scientific discovery and how scientific instruments expand our perception.

  1. The Complete History of Science
  2. Secret Universe: The Hidden Life of the Cell
  3. Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time
  4. Quantum Mechanics: Fabric of the Cosmos
  5. The Light Fantastic
  6. DNA: The Secret of Life
  7. Parallel Universes, Alternative Timelines & Multiverse
  8. What Is The Higgs Boson?
  9. Infinity
[26] Evolution:

The story of our evolution and the emergence of self-aware human beings.

  1. The Origin of Life
  2. Homo Sapiens: The Birth of Humanity
  3. Beyond Me
  4. The Global Brain
  5. Metanoia: A New Vision of Nature
  6. Birth Of A New Humanity
  7. Samsara
  8. Ape Man: Adventures in Human Evolution
  9. The Incredible Human Journey
  10. The Human Family Tree
[27] Psychology and The Brain:

New research is shining a spotlight on how we can improve our brains.

  1. How Smart Can We Get?
  2. The Science of Lust
  3. The Secret You
  4. What Are Dreams?
  5. A Virus Called Fear
  6. Beyond Thought (Awareness Itself)
  7. The Human Brain
  8. Superconscious Mind: How To Double Your Brain's Performance
  9. How Does Your Memory Work?
  10. Secrets of the Mind
[28] Modern History:

The story of the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the modern world.

  1. History of the World in Two Hours
  2. The Industrial Revolution
  3. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
  4. The French Revolution
  5. Big Sugar
  6. The American Revolution
[29] Pre-Modern History:

The story of the Americas and European history in the pre-modern world.

  1. Socrates, Aristotle and Plato
  2. The Medici: The Most Influencial Family In The World
  3. A History of Celtic Britain
  4. The Crusades: Victory and Defeat
  5. The Vikings: Voyage To America
  6. Copernicus and the Scientific Revolution
[30] Current Events:

Become more informed about current events that are shaping the world.

  1. Syria: The Reckoning
  2. Empire: Putin's Russia
  3. The New Arms Race
  4. The Killing of Yasser Arafat
  5. Egypt In Crisis
  6. Inside Obama's Presidency
  7. The Untouchables: How Obama Protected Wall Street
  8. Behind The Rhetoric: The Real Iran
  9. A History of the Middle East since WWII
  10. Climate Wars

[31] Ancient Civilizations:

Fascination explorations into the ancient civilizations of our past.

  1. The Persian Empire : Most Mysterious Civilization in the Ancient World
  2. What The Ancients Did For Us
  3. What the Ancients Knew
  4. Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids
  5. Secrets of the Ancient Empires
  6. Graham Hancock's Quest For The Lost Civilization
  7. Atlantis: The Lost Continent
  8. Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
I hope you enjoy watching some of these mind expanding documentaries! If you have a personal favorite, please share it with everyone in the comments.

Credits: Higher Perspective

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Informative Video on the Pineal Gland & Activating Your Third Eye

Informative video on the pineal gland and activating your Third Eye with Justin Verrengia.

Justin breaks down how to activate your pineal gland, which awakens your third eye and extra sensory super powers you never knew existed. In this new video Justin breaks down the GREATEST COVER-UP to ever exist in human history.

It's on your Pineal Gland, learn how to activate it, awakening your third eye and extra sensory super powers you never knew existed.

Knowledge is Power and applied knowledge is FREEDOM, share this video with everyone you can and help spread this conscious awareness with our fellow light brothers and sisters of this planet.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

10 Surprising Things That Benefit Our Brain That You Can Do Everyday

Our brains are by far our most important organs. Here are 10 of the most surprising things our brains do and what we can learn from them:

10 Surprising Things That Benefit Our Brain That You Can Do Everyday

1. Your brain does creative work better when you're tired.

Here's how it breaks down:

If you're a morning lark, say, you'll want to favor those morning hours when you're feeling fresher to get your most demanding, analytic work done. Using your brain to solve problems, answer questions and make decisions is best done when you're at your peak. For night owls, this is obviously a much later period in the day.

On the other hand, if you're trying to do creative work you'll actually have more luck when you're more tired and your brain isn't functioning as efficiently. This sounds crazy, but it actually makes sense when you look at the reasoning behind it. It's one of the reasons that great ideas often happen in the shower after a long day of work.

If you're tired, your brain is not as good at filtering out distractions and focusing on a particular task. It's also a lot less efficient at remembering connections between ideas or concepts. These are both good things when it comes to creative work, since this kind of work requires us to make new connections, be open to new ideas and think in new ways. So a tired, fuzzy brain is much more use to us when working on creative projects.

This Scientific American article explains how distractions can actually be a good thing for creative thinking:
Insight problems involve thinking outside the box. This is where susceptibility to “distraction” can be of benefit. At off-peak times we are less focused, and may consider a broader range of information. This wider scope gives us access to more alternatives and diverse interpretations, thus fostering innovation and insight.
2. Stress can change the size of your brain (and make it smaller).

I bet you didn't know that stress is actually the most common cause of changes in brain function. I was surprised to find this out when I looked into how stress affects our brains.

I also found some research that showed signs of brain size decreasing due to stress.

One study used baby monkeys to test the effects of stress on development and long-term mental health. Half the monkeys were cared for by their peers for six months, while the other half remained with their mothers. Afterwards, the monkeys were returned to typical social groups for several months before the researchers scanned their brains.

In the monkeys who had been removed from their mothers and cared for by their peers, areas of their brains related to stress were still enlarged, even after being in normal social conditions for several months.

3. It is literally impossible for our brains to multitask.

Multitasking is something we've long been encouraged to practice, but it turns out multitasking is actually impossible. When we think we're multitasking, we're actually context switching. That is, we're quickly switching back and forth between different tasks rather than doing them at the same time.

The book Brain Rules explains how detrimental multitasking can be:
Research shows your error rate goes up 50 percent and it takes you twice as long to do things.
The problem with multitasking is that we're splitting our brain's resources. We're giving less attention to each task, and probably performing worse on all of them:
When the brain tries to do two things at once, it divides and conquers, dedicating one-half of our gray matter to each task.
When our brains handle a single task, the prefrontal cortex plays a big part. Here's how it helps us achieve a goal or complete a task:
The anterior part of this brain region forms the goal or intention — for example, “I want that cookie” — and the posterior prefrontal cortex talks to the rest of the brain so that your hand reaches toward the cookie jar and your mind knows whether you have the cookie.
A study in Paris found that when a second task was required, the brains of the study volunteers split up, with each hemisphere working alone on a task. The brain was overloaded by the second task and couldn't perform at its full capacity, because it needed to split its resources.

4. Naps improve your brain's day-to-day performance.

We're pretty clear on how important sleep is for our brains, but what about naps? It turns out that these short bursts of sleep are actually really useful.

Here are a couple of ways that napping can benefit the brain:

Improved Memory

In one study, participants memorized illustrated cards to test their memory strength. After memorizing a set of cards, they had a 40-minute break wherein one group napped and the other stayed awake. After the break both groups were tested on their memory of the cards, and the group who had napped performed better:
Much to the surprise of the researchers, the sleep group performed significantly better, retaining on average 85 percent of the patterns, compared to 60 percent for those who had remained awake.
Apparently, napping actually helps our brain solidify memories:
Research indicates that when a memory is first recorded in the brain — in the hippocampus, to be specific — it's still “fragile” and easily forgotten, especially if the brain is asked to memorize more things. Napping, it seems, pushes memories to the neocortex, the brain's “more permanent storage,” preventing them from being “overwritten.”

What Happens in the Brain During a Nap

Some recent research has found that the right side of the brain is far more active during a nap than the left side, which stays fairly quiet while we're asleep. Despite the fact that 95 percent of the population is right-handed, with the left side of their brains being the most dominant, the right side is consistently the more active hemisphere during sleep.

The study's author, Andrei Medvedev, speculated that the right side of the brain handles “housekeeping” duties while we're asleep.

So while the left side of your brain takes some time off to relax, the right side is clearing out your temporary storage areas, pushing information into long-term storage and solidifying your memories from the day.

5. Your vision trumps all other senses.

Despite being one of our five main senses, vision seems to take precedence over the others:
Hear a piece of information, and three days later you'll remember 10 percent of it. Add a picture and you'll remember 65 percent.
Pictures beat text as well, in part because reading is so inefficient for us. Our brain sees words as lots of tiny pictures, and we have to identify certain features in the letters to be able to read them. That takes time.
In fact, vision is so powerful that the best wine tasters in the world have been known to describe a dyed white wine as a red.

Not only is it surprising that we rely on our vision so much, but it actually isn't even that good! Take this fact, for instance:
Our brain is doing all this guessing because it doesn't know where things are. In a three-dimensional world, the light actually falls on our retina in a two-dimensional fashion. So our brain approximates viewable image.
Let's look at this image. It shows you how much of your brain is dedicated just to vision and how it affects other parts of the brain. It's a truly staggering amount, compared to any other areas:

10 Surprising Things That Benefit Our Brain That You Can Do Everyday

6. Introversion and extroversion come from different wiring in the brain.

I just recently realized that introversion and extroversion are not actually related to how outgoing or shy we are but to how our brains recharge.

Here's how the brains of introverts and extroverts differ:

Research has actually found that there is a difference in the brains of extroverted and introverted people in terms of how we process rewards and how our genetic makeup differs. Extroverts' brains respond more strongly when a gamble pays off. Part of this is simply genetic, but it's partly a difference in their dopamine systems as well.

An experiment that had people take gambles while in a brain scanner found the following:
When the gambles they took paid off, the more extroverted group showed a stronger response in two crucial brain regions: the amygdala and the nucleus accumbens.
The nucleus accumbens is part of the dopamine system, which affects how we learn and is generally known for motivating us to search for rewards. The difference in the dopamine system in the extrovert's brain tends to push them toward seeking out novelty, taking risks and enjoying unfamiliar or surprising situations more than others. The amygdala is responsible for processing emotional stimuli, which gives extroverts that rush of excitement when they try something highly stimulating that might overwhelm an introvert.

More research has actually shown that the difference comes from how introverts and extroverts process stimuli. That is, the stimulation coming into our brains is processed differently depending on your personality. For extroverts, the pathway is much shorter. It runs through an area where taste, touch, visual and auditory sensory processing take place. For introverts, stimuli run through a long, complicated pathway in areas of the brain associated with remembering, planning and solving problems.

7. We tend to like people who make mistakes more.

Apparently, making mistakes actually makes us more likeable, due to something called the pratfall effect.

Kevan Lee recently explained how this works on the Buffer blog:
Those who never make mistakes are perceived as less likeable than those who commit the occasional faux pas. Messing up draws people closer to you, makes you more human. Perfection creates distance and an unattractive air of invincibility. Those of us with flaws win out every time. This theory was tested by psychologist Elliot Aronson. In his test, he asked participants to listen to recordings of people answering a quiz. Select recordings included the sound of the person knocking over a cup of coffee. When participants were asked to rate the quizzers on likability, the coffee-spill group came out on top.
So this is why we tend to dislike people who seem perfect! And now we know that making minor mistakes isn't the worst thing in the world; in fact, it can work in our favor.

8. Meditation can rewire your brain for the better.

Here's another one that really surprised me. I thought meditation was only good for improving focus and helping me stay calm throughout the day, but it actually has a whole bunch of great benefits.

Here are a few examples:

What happens without meditation is that there's a section of our brains that's sometimes called the “me center.” (It's technically the medial prefrontal cortex.) This is the part that processes information relating to ourselves and our experiences. Normally the neural pathways from the bodily sensation and fear centers of the brain to the “me center” are really strong. When you experience a scary or upsetting sensation, it triggers a strong reaction in your “me center,” making you feel scared and under attack.

Here is how anxiety and agitation decrease with just a 20-minute meditation session:

10 Surprising Things That Benefit Our Brain That You Can Do Everyday

When we meditate, especially when we are just getting started with meditation, we weaken this neural connection. This means that we don't react as strongly to sensations that might have once lit up our “me centers.” As we weaken this connection, we simultaneously strengthen the connection between what's known as our “assessment center” (the part of our brains known for reasoning) and our bodily sensation and fear centers. So when we experience scary or upsetting sensations, we can more easily look at them rationally. Here's a good example:
For example, when you experience pain, rather than becoming anxious and assuming it means something is wrong with you, you can watch the pain rise and fall without becoming ensnared in a story about what it might mean.
Better Memory

One of the things that meditation has been linked to is improving rapid memory recall. Catherine Kerr, a researcher at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and the Osher Research Center, found that people who practiced mindful meditation were able to adjust the brain wave that screens out distractions and increase their productivity more quickly that those who did not meditate. She said that this ability to ignore distractions could explain “their superior ability to rapidly remember and incorporate new facts.” This seems to be very similar to the power of being exposed to new situations, which will also dramatically improve our memory of things.

Meditation has also been linked to increasing compassion, decreasing stress, improving memory skills and even increasing the amount of gray matter in the brain.

9. Exercise can reorganize the brain and boost your willpower.

Sure, exercise is good for your body, but what about your brain? Well, apparently there's a link between xercise and mental alertness, in a similar way that happiness and exercise are related:
A lifetime of exercise can result in a sometimes astonishing elevation in cognitive performance, compared with those who are sedentary. Exercisers outperform couch potatoes in tests that measure long-term memory, reasoning, attention, problem-solving, even so-called fluid-intelligence tasks.
Of course, exercise can also make us happier, as we've explored before:
If you start exercising, your brain recognizes this as a moment of stress. As your heart pressure increases, the brain thinks you are either fighting the enemy or fleeing from it. To protect yourself and your brain from stress, you release a protein called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor). This BDNF has a protective and also reparative element to your memory neurons and acts as a reset switch. That's why we often feel so at ease and things are clear after exercising, and eventually happy.

At the same time, endorphins, another chemical to fight stress, are released in your brain. The main purpose of endorphis is this, writes researcher McGovern:
These endorphins tend to minimize the discomfort of exercise, block the feeling of pain and are even associated with a feeling of euphoria.
10. You can make your brain think time is going slowly by doing new things.

Ever wished you didn't find yourself saying, “Where does the time go!” every June when you realize the year is half-over? This is a neat trick that relates to how our brains perceive time. Once you know how it works, you can trick your brain into thinking time is moving more slowly.

Essentially, our brains take a whole bunch of information from our senses and organize it in a way that makes sense to us, before we ever perceive it. So what we think is our sense of time is actually just a whole bunch of information presented to us in a particular way, as determined by our brains:
When our brains receive new information, it doesn't necessarily come in the proper order. This information needs to be reorganized and presented to us in a form we understand. When familiar information is processed, this doesn't take much time at all. New information, however, is a bit slower and makes time feel elongated.
Even stranger, it isn't just a single area of the brain that controls our time perception; it's done by a whole bunch of brain areas unlike our common five senses, which can each be pinpointed to a single, specific area.

When we receive lots of new information, it takes our brains a while to process it all. The longer this processing takes, the longer that period of time feels.

When we're in life-threatening situations, for instance, “we remember the time as longer because we record more of the experience. Life-threatening experiences make us really pay attention, but we don’t gain superhuman powers of perception.”

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

8 Ways to Protect Yourself From Emotional Manipulation

Here are 8 ways to spot emotional manipulation and protect yourself from it:

1. There is no use in trying to be honest with an emotional manipulator.
You make a statement and it will be turned around. Example: I am really angry that you forgot my birthday. Response – “It makes me feel sad that you would think I would forget your birthday, I should have told you of the great personal stress I am facing at the moment – but you see I didn't want to trouble you. You are right I should have put all this pain (don’t be surprised to see real tears at this point) aside and focused on your birthday. Sorry.”

Even as you are hearing the words you get the creeped out sensation that they really do NOT mean they are sorry at all – but since they've said the words you're pretty much left with nothing more to say. Either that or you suddenly find yourself babysitting their angst!!

 8 Ways to Protect Yourself From Emotional Manipulation

Under all circumstances if you feel this angle is being played – don't capitulate! Do not care take – do not accept an apology that feels like bullshit. If it feels like bullshit – it probably is. Rule number one – if dealing with an emotional blackmailer TRUST your gut. TRUST your senses. Once an emotional manipulator finds a successful maneuver – it's added to their hit list and you'll be fed a steady diet of this shit.

2. An emotional manipulator is the picture of a willing helper.
If you ask them to do something they will almost always agree – that is IF they didn't volunteer to do it first. Then when you say, “ok thanks” – they make a bunch of heavy sighs, or other non verbal signs that let you know they don’t really want to do whatever said thing happens to be. When you tell them it doesn't seem like they want to do whatever – they will turn it around and try to make it seem like OF COURSE they wanted to and how unreasonable you are.

This is a form of crazy making – which is something emotional manipulators are very good at. Rule number two – If an emotional manipulator said YES – make them accountable for it. Do NOT buy into the sighs and subtleties – if they don’t want to do it – make them tell you it up front – or just put on the walk-man headphones and run a bath and leave them to their theater.

3. Crazy making – saying one thing and later assuring you they did not say it.
If you find yourself in a relationship where you figure you should start keeping a log of what's been said because you are beginning to question your own sanity – You are experiencing emotional manipulation. An emotional manipulator is an expert in turning things around, rationalizing, justifying and explaining things away. They can lie so smoothly that you can sit looking at black and they'll call it white – and argue so persuasively that you begin to doubt your very senses. Over a period of time this is so insidious and eroding it can literally alter your sense of reality.

WARNING: Emotional Manipulation is VERY Dangerous! It is very disconcerting for an emotional manipulator if you begin carrying a pad of paper and a pen and making notations during conversations. Feel free to let them know you just are feeling so “forgetful” these days that you want to record their words for posterity's sake. The damndest thing about this is that having to do such a thing is a clear example for why you should be seriously thinking about removing yourself from range in the first place. If you're toting a notebook to safeguard yourself – that ol' bullshit meter should be flashing steady by now!

4. Guilt. Emotional manipulators are excellent guilt mongers.
They can make you feel guilty for speaking up or not speaking up, for being emotional or not being emotional enough, for giving and caring, or for not giving and caring enough. Any thing is fair game and open to guilt with an emotional manipulator. Emotional manipulators seldom express their needs or desires openly – they get what they want through emotional manipulation. Guilt is not the only form of this but it is a potent one. Most of us are pretty conditioned to do whatever is necessary to reduce our feelings of guilt.

Another powerful emotion that is used is sympathy. An emotional manipulator is a great victim. They inspire a profound sense of needing to support, care for and nurture. Emotional Manipulators seldom fight their own fights or do their own dirty work. The crazy thing is that when you do it for them (which they will never ask directly for), they may just turn around and say they certainly didn't want or expect you to do anything! Try to make a point of not fighting other people's battles, or doing their dirty work for them. A great line is “I have every confidence in your ability to work this out on your own” – check out the response and note the bullshit meter once again.

5. Emotional manipulators fight dirty.
They don't deal with things directly. They will talk around behind your back and eventually put others in the position of telling you what they would not say themselves. They are passive aggressive, meaning they find subtle ways of letting you know they are not happy little campers. They'll tell you what they think you want to hear and then do a bunch of jerk off shit to undermine it.

Example: “Of course I want you to go back to school honey and you know I'll support you.” Then exam night you are sitting at the table and poker buddies show up, the kids are crying the t.v. blasting and the dog needs walking – all the while “Sweetie” is sitting on their ass looking at you blankly. Dare you call them on such behavior you are likely to hear, “well you can’t expect life to just stop because you have an exam can you honey?” Cry, scream or choke 'em – only the last will have any long-term benefits and it'll probably wind your butt in jail.

6. If you have a headache an emotional manipulator will have a brain tumor!
No matter what your situation is the emotional manipulator has probably been there or is there now – but only ten times worse. It's hard after a period of time to feel emotionally connected to an emotional manipulator because they have a way of de-railing conversations and putting the spotlight back on themselves.

If you call them on this behavior they will likely become deeply wounded or very petulant and call you selfish – or claim that it is you who are always in the spotlight. The thing is that even tho you know this is not the case you are left with the impossible task of proving it. Don't bother – TRUST your gut and walk away!

7. Emotional manipulators somehow have the ability to impact the emotional climate of those around them.
When an emotional manipulator is sad or angry the very room thrums with it – it brings a deep instinctual response to find someway to equalize the emotional climate and the quickest route is by making the emotional manipulator feel better – fixing whatever is broken for them. Stick with this type of loser for too long and you will be so enmeshed and co-dependent you will forget you even have needs – let alone that you have just as much right to have your needs met.

8. Emotional manipulators have no sense of accountability.

They take no responsibility for themselves or their behavior – it is always about what everyone else has “done to them”. One of the easiest ways to spot an emotional manipulator is that they often attempt to establish intimacy through the early sharing of deeply personal information that is generally of the “hook-you-in-and-make-you-sorry-for-me” variety.

Initially you may perceive this type of person as very sensitive, emotionally open and maybe a little vulnerable. Believe me when I say that an emotional manipulator is about as vulnerable as a rabid pit bull, and there will always be a problem or a crisis to overcome.

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