Spiritual Experiences Increase Sanity
Research from John Hopkins University and the Council of Spiritual Practices has confirmed something we may have instinctively guessed at--a spiritually significant encounter with whatever you believe to be god brings mental health benefits which can last for decades after the encounter.
Of the study participants who categorized themselves as previously having been atheists, two thirds no longer identify as atheists following their spiritual encounter. Perhaps surprisingly for some, the mental health benefits of spiritual encounters are virtually identical for those who had a spontaneous spiritual experience and those who had the experience while under the influence of a psychedelic drug. Researchers hope that this study could be another step in the pathway towards using some psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin, for mental health therapeutic treatment under controlled conditions.
The research involved examining the experiences of 4285 people from across the world, of whom 69% were men. The participants were self-selected via responses to advertisements. They were asked to fill in one of two 50-minute questionnaires, depending whether their spiritual encounter had been spontaneous or attributed to the use of a psychedelic.
Across both groups, 75% of respondents reported that their encounter with god or a spiritual entity was the most meaningful in their life and both groups overwhelmingly reported positive changes in their life satisfaction, meaning and purpose following the encounter, even when the encounter was many years ago. Those in the spontaneous encounter group were most likely to select "god" or "emissary of god" when asked to categorise who or what they encountered, while those in the psychedelics group were most likely to select "ultimate reality" to describe their encounter. However, although the terminology differed, there were very significant similarities in the experiences reported by both groups.
Across all participants, 70% described the entity they encountered as being conscious, and 80% perceived it as intelligent. Seventy-five percent of respondents reported that they felt their encounter was benevolent and 75% also described it as sacred, with a further 70% of people categorising the entity they encountered as having eternal life or eternal being.
These life-changing encounters overwhelmingly led to a decrease in the fear of death, although this was strikingly higher – 70% – in the psychedelics group than in the non-drug group, where 57% reported the same. This research, published in the PLOS One journal, is significant in that it is the first time that researchers have sought to compare drug-induced mystical experiences with non-drug spiritual encounters.
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People Believe Human Extinction is No Big Deal
If you take into account only naturally occurring phenomena — supervolcanic eruptions, asteroid impacts, and the like — researchers from the University of Oxford recently determined that the probability of our entire species going extinct in any given year could be as high as one in 14,000.
Now consider this: recently, an Oxford University research team published a paper on human extinction in the Journal Scientific Reports, finding that people don't seem to see the loss of humanity as uniquely tragic.
A second group of researchers asked more than 2,500 people in the United States and the United Kingdom to rank three possible scenarios from best to worst: 1. No major catastrophe, 2. A catastrophe that wipes out 80 percent of the human population, and 3. A catastrophe that causes complete human extinction. As you might expect, most people ranked no catastrophe as the best possibility and complete human extinction as the worst. But when asked to think about the difference in "badness" between the possibilities, most people were more bothered by the possibility of losing 80 percent of humanity than losing all of it.
When the researchers switched the whole scenario to focus on an animal species, though, survey respondents saw the loss of all zebras as worse than the loss of 80 percent of zebras. The issue, it seems, is that survey respondents focused a lot on the individual human lives lost in scenario two--and how the deaths might affect those left behind--rather than on the loss of humanity as a whole.
In other words, we tend to think of a world without any zebras as more tragic than a world in which most zebras die. But for humankind, most people believe the reverse.
While there's seemingly little we could do to prevent an asteroid impact or a volcanic eruption, humanity does have a say in whether we fall victim to nuclear war and the like--and knowing that people are more likely to care about our species' potential downfall if they're feeling optimistic about our future could play a role in making sure we don't go down one of those self-destructive paths.
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Fun is Better Than Punishment for Motivation
Until recently, we lived in a world where people thought that punishment was part of everyone's education. School involved restricting students until they learned to restrict themselves. But we've mostly turned away from that idea. Thanks to theories such as the fun theory, it's clear there are better methods.
The Fun Theory basically says that people are more likely to do things they consider "annoying" when there's a fun aspect to them. In other words, a positive stimulus can be a great incentive for people to follow certain rules or do specific things that are generally good for society. The theory originated in 2001, when Volkswagen sponsored an experiment. In a cross between marketing and social responsibility, this automobile giant wanted to prove that both social and individual change are possible as long as there are incentives.
Social experiments were concocted to see how people would react. Each experiment set a dilemma at people's feet. They had two options: one that involved comfort and routine and another that would require some effort but would also involve a fun, out-of-the-box experience.
The first social experiment was conducted in a very busy place: the most highly-trafficked subway station in Sweden. To one side, there was an escalator. To the other, a conventional stairway. The question they posed was how they could get people to use the conventional stairway to exercise. They invented what they called "the piano stairs". To do this, they simply painted the conventional stairway to look like a piano and also made each step sound when it was stepped on. It was like you were actually playing a musical instrument. About 95% of people used the escalator to go up to the street. But when the piano stairs were completed, 66% of people chose to use the conventional stairway. They also seemed happy to be doing it!
The second experiment addressed littering, again in Stockholm, Sweden. Trash cans were installe with special sensors. Every time someone tossed their trash into the can, it would play a sound like the one from cartoons when someone falls off a cliff. People found it extremely funny, and some even didn't stop at throwing away their own trash. They threw away the trash that was already on the ground! In just one day, they doubled the usual trash collection.
The conclusion is that fun can persuade people to do things. Novelty and fun are strong enough incentives to make people want to be better.
Health & Healing Hack of the Week
Doc Childre, founder of the Hearth Math Institute, has done extensive research on the power of the heart to regulate the brain and the body. The heart emits an electromagnetic field many times more powerful than the brain's. Research has also shown that the brain responds to commands from the heart as its top priority, basically meaning that the heart runs things when it comes to the body. The Heart Math Institute came up with the concept of "Heart Coherence", meaning the heart is "coherent" or in step with the resonance of the earth and the highest aspirations of the mind; and is creating a coherent, or single, vibration that can then be transmitted throughout the brain and body. You can easily create a state of coherence in about 60 seconds by releasing stress and stopping draining emotions such as frustration, irritation, anxiety and anger. When you are in a coherent state, your thoughts and emotions are balanced and you experience ease and inner harmony. The "Quick Coherence Technique" can be found here. The first part of this exercise is moving the attention down from the head to the heart. This alone creates a certain degree of coherence because you are centering yourself where the main commands to the brain are coming from, thus you are more able to use the body's intelligence. From 25 No Cost Health & Healing Hacks by Boyd Martin)
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Humanity is currently in a dynamic state of expansion while simultaneously learning to bridge the old and the new paradigm. It can be quite challenging to see, sense, or feel yourself as part of something larger, freer, and more expansive on the one hand while also simultaneously undergoing a sense that everything that you previously knew is somehow deconstructing and reconstructing itself into something completely new and sometimes indescribable. Then there is the practical question of what to do with all of this new consciousness information and SHIFTING? How is this useful? How can I make this new awareness my own and put it into practice in a whole new way of being? What is the major difference between perceiving through the 3D lens versus my 5D self? For over 40 years now I have been quietly teaching quantum awareness, progressive awakening, doing cosmic inner child work, shamanism and Soul Retrieval while showing ways to more deeply awaken to the cosmos, interdimensional exchange, and resonate within new earth as the new wave of human being. Are you ready to stop doubting and holding back or simply want to find new tools to open, surrender and trust the light that you are and learn to fully access and express it so that you can share your gift with others? WEBSITE
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