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Awake in a nightmare: Paranormal tales reveal that 'sleep paralysis' may be as old as sleep itself

"Le Cauchemar" (1894), by Eugène Thivier
Suddenly I'm awake. Something is on me. A shadow or a shape. Something nasty. I'm pinned to my bed and I can't move a muscle. There are whispers, wicked whispers. I think I'm screaming but I make no sound. There's a loud buzz, a whoosh, and I'm sucked out of myself, twisting, turning, then dragged. But through my ever-so-slightly-open eyes, I see my body is still motionless.

What I'm experiencing is literally a waking nightmare. It's a state during which I'm awake but unable to move or cry for help, no matter what demons my mind conjures. The state has a name: Sleep Paralysis (SP), or more accurately in this case, Awareness During Sleep Paralysis (ASP). I've endured it hundreds of times before. And, as disturbing as it sounds, I'm far from the only one: People all over the world experience this terror. In fact, it's as old as sleep itself.

Comment: For an interesting discussion on sleep paralysis and other strange phenomena listen to The Health & Wellness Show: Psi Phenomena and the Health Connection


The strength of kindness

There are many things being exposed, old wounds reopened and more and more realizing that all they say and do in the media, entertainment, government and banking system is not what it seems. We have been living in bizarroland where we ignore our elderly and sick, drug and poison ourselves as well as destroying natural resources in an all consuming economy model that has always seemed impractical in the long term. Something tells me they knew this day would come. We cannot sustain things the way they are now.

The victors may write the past, but the truth always finds a way and going beyond the simple distractions we are meant to languish in, you can and will find that the hole keeps going, growing and escalating with each new face that has joined. We who are meant to be the canaries in the coal mine are cackling.

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Wetiko mind virus: Collective shadow of humanity

Every human alive has a shadow or a kind of mind virus (also called wetiko) which sets up our external life situations while hiding within.
The existence of a mind virus that plagues all of humanity - every man, woman and child - at first may seem like a far out concept, but it's an idea that has been around a long time in a lot of different cultures. Religion has grappled with the problem of evil for aeons. Deep down the rabbit hole of conspiracy research you will eventually get to the same theme - that there is some dark force coordinating the many nefarious schemes and agendas we witness daily in our world. Although there are definitely outside beings and forces coordinating these agendas, including the hybrid royal bloodlines, negative ETs such as Greys and Reptilians, discarnate entities such as Djinn or Archons and some kind of self-aware AI, we ultimately have to ask ourselves: is this evil actually a real force outside of ourselves, or is it rather the collective unconsciousness of humanity that appears as its own force and entity but is not? Are we infected with an actual mind virus installation, as the shaman warrior Don Juan of the Castaneda books suggested? Or are we facing the collective shadow, the disowned, unloved and unacknowledged parts of ourselves, which have been shoved down and repressed so much that they have become twisted and emerged as a monster appearing as its own life form?

Comment: More insight on the Wetiko Virus: The Greatest Epidemic Sickness Known to Humanity:


Being overconfident and self-deluded can lead to higher social status, research finds

94% of college professors think their work is above average — that is not statistically possible! Overconfidence and self-delusion can lead to higher social status, research finds. This might help explain why many leaders seem so overconfident. Of course there are disadvantages to overconfidence as well, but these may be outweighed by the advantages.

Comment: See also: Narcissism epidemic: The societal shift from commitment to the collective to a focus on the individual


Why do only some people get 'aesthetic chills' from listening to music?

Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a chill run up your spine? Or goosebumps tickle your arms and shoulders?

The experience is called frisson (pronounced free-sawn), a French term meaning "aesthetic chills," and it feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin. Some researchers have even dubbed it a "skin orgasm."

Listening to emotionally moving music is the most common trigger of frisson, but some feel it while looking at beautiful artwork, watching a particularly moving scene in a movie or having physical contact with another person. Studies have shown that roughly two-thirds of the population feels frisson, and frisson-loving Reddit users have even created a page to share their favorite frisson-causing media.

Comment: See also: Is there an evolutionary advantage to our emotional connection to music?

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The spiritual gift of anxiety and how to adapt to it

Arthur Somers Roche once said, "Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained."

If you've been affected by anxiety, you not only understand this quote, but you can viscerally feel it. If its owner doesn't lead the mind, the mind will instead lead. If you've been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, your stream of thoughts, untamed as they are, often lead to an ocean of worry that defines your daily existence. Drowning in this ocean of worry, you no doubt crave a vacation on a mental island called peace, even if just for a few minutes.

Comment: Never discount the effect of diet on brain function. See this article for more natural and food-based ways to reduce anxiety.


Humility: A key virtue that makes us stewards of collective humanity

I've gotten a lot of feedback about my leadership post earlier this year—particularly from people who connected with the humility aspect. It's a characteristic I think most people would agree is in short supply these days, but most of us still admire it when we see it. In truth, little in our culture today encourages a humble disposition, and I think that's a relatively new development. More than ever it seems to be the loudest, boldest, and (often) most obnoxious voices that garner our attention. Brashness somewhere along the line became an asset rather than an irritation. We're told we need to do more, be more, have more, "fight" for what what we presumably deserve, and push our way to the front if we want our good in life. Put yourself out there, talk yourself up, and—above all—look out for number one. Is anyone else exhausted by these instructions? The key (and related) question of the day, however, is this: what would Grok have said about this social shift?

First off, I think it's safe to say he would've voted anyone exemplifying said traits off the island, as would have the majority his contemporaries—for very good reason. A band full of overgrown egos would've spelled disaster for survival in his day. In the "immediate" economies of hunter-gatherer life ("simple" hunter-gatherers who relied on no food storage in particular), daily cooperation was a must. Everyone upheld their duties to the band, and the group's good was the organizing principle of each and every day. There simply wasn't room for entitlement.

In keeping, band cohesion relied on every member's adherence to the social codes that were passed on through story and ritual. These codes of collaboration and reverence weren't just rules to be followed to avoid conflict or ostracism (a situation with significant, if not deadly, consequences in those days). Band codes were a spiritual as well as social ethos. Members participated in this ethical and spiritual tradition, and by doing so saw themselves as co-creators of it across the generations. This contribution was a key and honored aspect of their own individuation. Their individual identity was, in part, constructed and fulfilled through the personal upholding of the age-old codes.



Income inequality: Is there a grooming gap?

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When it comes to your wages, do looks matter? A new study says yes.

However, in one aspect of appearance — being well groomed — there was a gender gap, according to the study.

The researchers found that overall, men and women who were considered more attractive earned more money than their less-attractive counterparts, according to the study, published online last month in the journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. But when grooming was factored in for men, the numbers evened out. For women, those who were well-groomed women actually had higher incomes than poorly groomed women, regardless of their "natural" level of attractiveness, the researchers found.

Comment: Self-presentation is an important part of social interaction as well as a reflection of one's inner make-up. How we present ourselves to the world not only has an effect on those we spend time with, but taking the time to look after our appearance increases self-respect and self-confidence due to the fact that looking after ourselves is an act of self-love.


The science of intuition: How to measure 'hunches' and 'gut feelings'

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Whether you call it a "gut feeling," an "inner voice" or a "sixth sense," intuition can play a real part in people's decision making, a new study suggests.

For the first time, researchers devised a technique to measure intuition. After using this method, they found evidence that people can use their intuition to make faster, more accurate and more confident decisions, according to the findings, published online in April in the journal Psychological Science.

The study shows that intuition does, indeed, exist and that researchers can measure it, said Joel Pearson, an associate professor of psychology at the University of New South Wales in Australia and the lead author of the study.

Comment: The book, Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell is an in-depth look at the phenomenon of intuition and is highly recommended. For more articles on the topic, see:


Mutiny of the soul: Another way of looking at fatigue & depression

Depression, anxiety, and fatigue are an essential part of a process of metamorphosis that is unfolding on the planet today, and highly significant for the light they shed on the transition from an old world to a new.

When a growing fatigue or depression becomes serious, and we get a diagnosis of Epstein-Barr or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or hypothyroid or low serotonin, we typically feel relief and alarm. Alarm: something is wrong with me. Relief: at least I know I'm not imagining things; now that I have a diagnosis, I can be cured, and life can go back to normal. But of course, a cure for these conditions is elusive.

Comment: Wake up call: Depression holds tremendous potential for personal growth and spiritual awakening