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When an individual begins the spiritual journey, one encounters many ups and downs in its course. The journey is marked by periods which are fast moving and some other periods during which there is a slower movement towards the goal. When a person, practicing spirituality, acquires a mental state, in which he or she remains totally soul conscious, then that person is said to have experienced a spiritual awakening. Therefore, spiritual awakening refers to a dynamic shift in consciousness and an appreciation of reality which had previously been unrealized. A spiritually awakened person no more identifies with the body, while…

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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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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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As days go by, the way of the shaman is becoming more and more axiomatic. If you feel that one day your path might include a shamanic journey, consider these steps. The most important thing one needs to take into consideration before attempting any shamanic venture is this: preparation. Because of the potential benefits, it could offer, a spiritual quest is not something you should take lightly. Take your time to carefully plan out your experience. Get into a mindset that makes you receptive to the knowledge that will be imparted to you. Set and setting matter. Find a place you…

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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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Numerology is any belief in the divine, mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. It is often associated with the paranormal, alongside astrology and similar divinatory arts. The term numerologist can be used for those who place faith in numerical patterns and draw pseudo-scientific inferences from them, even if those people do not practice traditional numerology. In the second part of our Numerology guide, we will be covering Birthdates and their meaning within Pythagorean Numerology. READ MORE: THE BASICS OF NUMEROLOGY HOW TO FIND YOUR LIFE’S PATH The most important number in your Numerology chart is your Life Path number, based on the date of your birth. Your Life Path number…

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