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The Cassiopaea Experiment Transcripts 1994 (Volume 1)

by Laura Knight-Jadczyk

The Cassiopaea Experiment is unique in the history of channeling, mediumship, and parapsychology. For years prior to the first Cassiopaean transmission, Laura Knight-Jadczyk went to great lengths to study the channeling phenomenon, including its history, its inherent strengths, weaknesses, dangers, and the various theories and methods developed in the past. After having exhausted the standard literature in search of answers to the fundamental problems of humanity, Laura and her colleagues (including her husband, mathematical physicist Arkadiusz Jadczyk) have held regular sittings for more than twenty years.

For the first time in print, this volume includes complete transcripts of 36 experimental sessions conducted in 1994. Questions and answers have been annotated extensively, giving unprecedented insight into the background and interpersonal dynamics of the early Cassiopaea Experiment. The sessions of this year introduced many of the themes that would recur in more detail over the next twenty years, including such topics as cyclical cometary bombardment of the Earth, the solar companion hypothesis, ancient history, metaphysics, the hyperdimensional nature of reality, and the possibility of evolution of humanity.

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6 intriguing types of synesthesia: Tasting words, seeing sounds, hearing colours and more

One fantastic reminder of the varieties of consciousness is the phenomena of synesthesia: the cross-wiring of the brain's senses in a small proportion of the population.
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Some of the most common and rarest forms of synesthesia.
Until recently, when experts explained that around 4% of people have the involuntary experience of, say, certain numbers evoking particular colours, they were met by disbelief.

Surely 'synesthetes' were making it up to feel special or perhaps unconsciously responding to the demands of the tests?

Now, of course, we know better: this cross-wiring of the brain's senses is real and it's experienced in all kinds of different ways.

Estimates place the number of varieties of synesthesia at between 50 and 150 but here are some of the most intriguing (that we know about).

As you read these, whether you're a synesthete or not, marvel at how different our experience of the world is at a very basic level.
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Overcoming the fear of failure - try this test, then these tips

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Everyone periodically feels uncomfortable about falling short of a standard, but some of us exaggerate the risk and anxiously avoid situations where we have no guarantee of success. Tragically, many who fail to deal with their fear of failure accomplish less, and regret the loss.

If you fall into this group, can you turn things around?

Fear of Failure Test

Try this test: Answer true to any items that generally describe you, and false to any items that generally do not.
  1. I'm afraid to fail. True False
  2. I play it too safe. True False
  3. I'm afraid of choking before a group. True False
  4. I worry about making mistakes. True False
  5. I'm afraid of disapproval. True False
  6. I worry about looking incompetent. True False
  7. I dread I won't do well enough. True False
  8. I lack confidence in my abilities. True False
  9. I feel anxious when uncertain. True False
  10. Others will evaluate me negatively. True False
Answer true to one or more of the items, and you have isolated an area, or areas, that you can profitably work to change.
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Avoid procrastination: Think concrete

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Is your to-do list as long as your arm?
New study finds procrastination is warded off by considering tasks in concrete terms.

Although procrastination is usually thought of as something to be avoided, this hasn't always been the case. Surveying the history of procrastination Dr Piers Steel finds that before the industrial revolution procrastination might have been seen in neutral terms (Steel, 2007; PDF).

Nowadays, though, for those living in technically advanced societies, procrastination has become a 'modern malady': everything must be done now or, even better, three weeks ago. For good or evil there are now endless to-do lists to work through, appointments that must be kept and commitments that have to be fulfilled. Such is modern life.

Whatever the cause many people certainly view their procrastination as a problem. Psychologists have found that college students consider themselves champion procrastinators with almost half considering it problematic. Adults are not far behind with some 15-20% self-identifying as 'chronic procrastinators'. Meanwhile the rest of us are guaranteed to procrastinate from time to time. So, perhaps psychology can offer some hope in the ongoing fight against procrastination.
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Never be manipulated again

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ma·nip·u·la·tive

[muh-nip-yuh-ley-tiv, -yuh-luh-tiv] adjective
  1. influencing or attempting to influence the behavior or emotions of others for one's own purposes: a manipulative boss
You're reading this because you have reached an "enough already" point in your life. Or someone really manipulated you into doing something you didn't want to do or into not doing something you wanted to do and you became so infuriated with them and yourself that you reached a "never again" moment. Isn't that true?

Instead of going into why do they do that, let's just leave that as, because they can get away doing it with you. This article is about why you have continued to let them do it, why you reached your last straw with them and more importantly how you can put an end to it and never be manipulated again.
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How stress changes the brain

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A person's recovery after a major stressful event may depend in part on their self-esteem, a new study finds.
How well a person recovers from traumatic events may depend on in part on their self-esteem, according to researchers who examined the effects of a major earthquake on the survivors' brains.

The researchers had conducted brain scans of university students for a study before the Great East Japan Earthquake struck in 2011. After the earthquake, they repeated the scans on 37 of the same people, and tracked stress-induced changes in their brains in the following months.

"Most importantly, what these findings show, is that the brain is dynamic - that it's responding to things that are going on in our environment, or things that are part of our personality," said Rajita Sinha, professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, who wasn't involved in the study.

In the brain scans taken immediately after the incident, the researchers found a decrease in the volume of two brain regions, the hippocampus and orbitofrontal cortex, compared with the scans taken before the incident.

One year later, the researchers repeated the scans and found that the hippocampus continued to shrink, and people's levels of depression and anxiety had not improved.

However, other changes in the brain had reversed, the researchers found: The volume of the orbitofrontal cortex had increased. Moreover, this increase was correlated with survivors' self-esteem scores soon after the earthquake, according to the study published today (April 29) in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.
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Four in 10 infants lack strong parental attachments

In a study of 14,000 U.S. children, 40 percent lack strong emotional bonds - what psychologists call "secure attachment" - with their parents that are crucial to success later in life, according to a new report. The researchers found that these children are more likely to face educational and behavioral problems.

In a report published by Sutton Trust, a London-based institute that has published more than 140 research papers on education and social mobility, researchers from Princeton University, Columbia University, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Bristol found that infants under the age of three who do not form strong bonds with their mothers or fathers are more likely to be aggressive, defiant and hyperactive as adults. These bonds, or secure attachments, are formed through early parental care, such as picking up a child when he or she cries or holding and reassuring a child.

"When parents tune in to and respond to their children's needs and are a dependable source of comfort, those children learn how to manage their own feeling and behaviors," said Sophie Moullin, a joint doctoral candidate studying at Princeton's Department of Sociology and the Office of Population Research, which is based at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. "These secure attachments to their mothers and fathers provide these children with a base from which they can thrive."

Written by Moullin, Jane Waldfogel from Columbia University and the London School of Economics and Political Science and Elizabeth Washbrook from the University of Bristol, the report uses data collected by the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, a nationally representative U.S. study of 14,000 children born in 2001. The researchers also reviewed more than 100 academic studies.

Their analysis shows that about 60 percent of children develop strong attachments to their parents, which are formed through simple actions, such as holding a baby lovingly and responding to the baby's needs. Such actions support children's social and emotional development, which, in turn, strengthens their cognitive development, the researchers write. These children are more likely to be resilient to poverty, family instability, parental stress and depression. Additionally, if boys growing up in poverty have strong parental attachments, they are two and a half times less likely to display behavior problems at school.
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Cancer patients using mystical visions induced by magic mushrooms to conquer fear

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Researchers believe psychedelic mushrooms may help alleviate psychological and spiritual distress for patients with a life-threatening cancer diagnosis.

Survival rates for cancer patients have improved dramatically in recent years with improvements to diagnosis and treatment, but physicians sometimes struggle to address patients' psychological needs.

A recent study suggests psilocybin - the psychoactive drug in magic mushrooms - may help patients with the anxiety, depression, anger, social isolation, and hopelessness they may experience while undergoing cancer treatment.

The hallucinogen treatment, which is currently seeking additional participants, has been shown to induce a mystical or spiritual experience in patients and offers a unique therapeutic approach to reduce anxiety in terminal cancer patients, researchers said.

"Mystical or peak consciousness states in cancer patients have been associated with a number of benefits including improved psychological, spiritual, and existential well-being," said study co-author Anthony Bossis, of the New York University College of Dentistry.
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How the trauma of life is passed down in sperm, affecting the mental health of future generations

  • The changes are so strong they can even influence a man's grandchildren
  • They make the offspring more prone to conditions like bipolar disorder

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    When a man is traumatised changes occur in his sperm which are passed on to his children
    The children of people who have experienced extremely traumatic events are more likely to develop mental health problems.

    And new research shows this is because experiencing trauma leads to changes in the sperm.

    These changes can cause a man's children to develop bipolar disorder and are so strong they can even influence the man's grandchildren.

    Psychologists have long known that traumatic experiences can induce behavioural disorders that are passed down from one generation to the next.
  • However, they are only just beginning to understand how this happens.

    Researchers at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich now think they have come one step closer to understanding how the effects of traumas can be passed down the generations.

    The researchers found that short RNA molecules - molecules that perform a wide range of vital roles in the body - are made from DNA by enzymes that read specific sections of the DNA and use them as template to produce corresponding RNAs.
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    OCD: The Surprising Truth - 94% of people have experienced unwanted, intrusive thoughts


    94% of people have experienced unwanted, intrusive thoughts.
    Have you ever had a sudden impulse to jump under a train, stab your partner with a knife or perform some other unthinkable act?

    Many see these as signs of mental disturbance but, according to new research from around the world, fully 94% of people have experienced unwanted, intrusive thoughts or impulses.

    The phenomenon is not confined solely to people with obsessive-compulsive disorder and other problematic thinking patterns.

    The research comes from Concordia University in Canada and 15 other institutions in different countries, including France, Hong Kong, Sierra Leone and Australia (Moulding et al., 2014).

    They found that across 777 participants, almost all of them had experienced intrusive thoughts or images in the last three months.
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    Scientists have built an 'off switch' for the brain

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    Scientists have developed an "off-switch" for the brain to effectively shut down neural activity using light pulses.

    In 2005, Stanford scientist Karl Deisseroth discovered how to switch individual brain cells on and off by using light in a technique he dubbed 'optogenetics'.

    Research teams around the world have since used this technique to study brain cells, heart cells, stem cells and others regulated by electrical signals.

    However, light-sensitive proteins were efficient at switching cells on but proved less effective at turning them off.

    Now, after almost a decade of research, scientists have been able to shut down the neurons as well as activate them.

    Mr Deisseroth's team has now re-engineered its light-sensitive proteins to switch cells much more adequately than before. His findings are presented in the journal Science.

    Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, which funded the study, said this improved "off" switch will help researchers to better understand the brain circuits involved in behavior, thinking and emotion.
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