Facts of Intentional Breathing

Artwork by Gerd Altmann
Intentional breathing is not new to the ancient healing worlds of India and Tibet. Swara Yoga, which was developed in India provides a methodology of breathing that is now supported by modern science. The discovery that we breathe out of one dominant nostril, switching nostril-dominance every few hours, was...


Invoking Answers from Dreams

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Several years ago, I came across a spiritual mind and meditation system called The Silva Method. It was developed by Jose Silva, an American electrician who was looking for a way to help his children get better grades at school. What he ended up developing were meditation and visualization exercises...


Generalized Anxiety in Psychiatry and Spirituality

Recently, presidential candidate Marianne Williamson was criticized for a series of tweets stating that antidepressants were over-prescribed. The New York Times sought her out and questioned her on her beliefs. She responded by referring to her book Tears to Triumph. The Times then cited the following passage from the book:
However deep my suffering, I didn’t want to be anesthetized as I went through it. Like an expectant mother who wants to give birth...


Lucid Dreaming and the Conscious Unconscious


Last week we talked about Anomalous Cognition, which is a term used to describe the mind's ability to receive or perceive information that is otherwise unknown or unknowable. Anomalous Cognition was a term specifically coined to describe the process by which Remote Viewing -- a military intelligence tool -- could yield successful reconnaissance results.

This week, we're looking at a concept expounded on by Robert Waggoner in his book Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the...


What Is Anomalous Cognition?


Anomalous Cognition can refer to just about any event where our thinking isn't following a mutually agreed on perception or experience of reality. Someone at a music festival who has downed a psychedelic substance will be having anomalous cognition. Someone whose brain processes reality differently than the majority and who consequently may be perceiving ghosts or hearing voices, can also be said to be exhibiting anomalous cognition.

And now for the strangest idea ever: we can willfully...


NDEs, Neuroscience and the Soul

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Near Death Experiences (NDEs) is a term coined by Raymond Moody in his seminal 1975 book Life After Life. His predecessor in the field of Near-Death Studies, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, contributed a lesser known discussion of the near-death phenomenon in her 1969 book On Death and Dying.

Since that time, scientists have been more willing to explore the possibility of consciousness surviving physical death, even if the subject is still taboo. A...


What Is Personal Transformation?

Artwork by Gerhard Gellinger

In the last few weeks, we've been exploring the historical roots of personal transformation. We've looked at New Age religions and philosophies as well as allegedly channeled wisdom, before delving into the concept of psychic alchemy. In that last post, we traced the roots of these clusters of personal development and practices to an ancient Egyptian religion known as Hermeticism. The influence of Hermeticism on the Western...