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“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized.” – THE CENTURY OF THE SELF To many in both politics and business, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression…

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Alan Watts is considered as the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West. He had an astonishing and an indescribable way of writing the unwritable. Among all the qualities of this great orator and writer, he had a unique gift of expressing complex thoughts in the form of simple and illustrated thoughts. The simple way he exemplified and expressed all his reflections made him and universal philosopher, someone that could be comprehended by the vast majority of the people. Let’s see some of Alan Watts’ magic and awakening quotes. 1. “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the…

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Animals are an important part of Native American culture and there are representations of just about every animal imaginable in the symbolism of Native American horoscopes. We’ll focus primarily, in this article, on the animals most closely associated with birth months, in other words, the zodiac of Native American tribes. Similar to the Greek horoscopes that we use today, Native American tribes held the belief that the time of year a person is born into will directly affect a person’s personal characteristics. Similar to the animal symbols of the modern horoscope, the Native one is also represented by animals. In…

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Act on your principles, not your moods. How the ancient philosophy of Stoicism can help us smash creative blocks and do our best work. Observing individuals who lead a creative life, we can identify elements of expertise, grit, an understanding, and passion. What’s easy to overlook is the inner system within an individual—the set of principles that govern their mind and behavior. When failure ensues or the need to adapt is necessary, how does one respond? What do they tell themselves? In other words, what’s their philosophy? When failure ensues or the need to adapt is necessary, how does one…

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Stoicism was one of the four principal schools of philosophy in ancient Athens, alongside Plato’s Academy, Aristotle’s Lyceum, and Epicurus’ Garden, where it flourished for some 250 years. It proved especially popular among the Romans, attracting admirers as diverse as the statesman Seneca, the ex-slave Epictetus, and the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The works of these three authors have come down to us and have won admirers from the Renaissance through to the present day. Although the philosophy of Stoicism as a whole is complex, embracing everything from metaphysics to astronomy to grammar, the works of the three great Roman Stoics…

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There was a time when shamanic ceremonies played a key role in a society. Such rituals involved the consumption of different herbs under the supervision of the shaman who acted as a spiritual guide for those overwhelmed by the strong effects of their alternative medicine. The Aztec Empire is renowned for its many ‘exotic’ practices that involved mushrooms, the special kind. They called them ‘teonanácatl’ which stands for ‘god mushrooms’. Using these powerful instruments, Aztec spiritual leaders were communing with their deities, or other powerful spirits from an alternative plane of existence. This however was about to change with the…

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An Orisha (spelled òrìṣà in the Yoruba language, orichá or orixá in Latin America) is a deity that reflects one of the manifestations of the Supreme Divinity (Eledumare,Olorun, Olofi) in Yoruba religion. Orisha are said to have existed in the invisible world (òrun) and lived as humans beings in the planetary world (ayé). Others are said to be humans who are recognized as deities due to extraordinary feats. Many Orishas have found their way to most of the New World as a result of the Atlantic slave trade and are now expressed in practices as varied as Santería, Candomblé, Trinidad Orisha, Umbanda, and…

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Astrology is defined as the study of heavenly cycles and cosmic events as they are reflected in our earthly environment. And Astrology is as old as measured time. For thousands of years, man has recorded the relationships and patterns between the planets and the earth. It is a well-known scientific fact that the gravitational forces of the moon create the rise and fall of tides of the oceans. The Farmers Almanac uses astrology to determine growing cycles and the best time to plant and harvest. From the spawning salmon to the return of the Monarch butterfly, all of these cycles…

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This system works on a simple principle all the trading markets abide by…The fact they repeat themselves over time, in a set way. If you know the secrets to this then you will always be able to make money. I now show ordinary people just like yourself how to make money online from taking advantage of the world’s trading markets for themselves, and I change people’s lives for the better forever because of this.

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The original name for the new order was Bund der Perfektibilisten, or Covenant of Perfectibility (Perfectibilists) Tired of Jesuits running everything at the university where he worked, Bavarian professor Adam Weishaupt decided to form a secret group of men essentially to talk shit about organized religion and shift the focus back to logic and science. On May 1, 1776, he and four other University of Ingolstadt students gathered for the first meeting of the Perfectibilists. Two years later, Weishaupt decided the Perfectibilists name sounded weird, so he changed it to Illuminati. Eventually, he got an animal reference, however, by adopting the…

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