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10 Facts About The Penis That Will Blow Your Mind [VIDEO]

10 Facts About The Penis That Will Blow Your Mind

Are you ready to have your mind BLOWN? Because that’s what is being promised here. Ten mind blowing facts about the penis.


You’ve been warned, so if your head explodes that’s on you.

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Artist Moves Water With Her Thoughts and Emotions [VIDEO]

Artist Moves Water With Her Thoughts and Emotions

 By Beckett Mufson

"Brain power" takes on a literal meaning when it comes to EEG painting, mind-responsive furniture, and the work ofLisa Park. Park combines EEG scanning with speakers and pools of water to visualize her thoughts and emotions. Last year, she exposed her brain patterns to the world with Eunoia, in which she placed five water-filled metal plates atop speakers designed to respond to her real-time brain data. In that project, Park sorted the data into five emotions—sadness, anger, desire, happiness, and hatred, one per plate. But the latest iteration of the project takes the experiment to the next level:

Eunoia II is outfitted with 48 vibration pools, inspired by the 48 emotions philosopher Baruch Spinoza outlined in his book, Ethica, like frustration, excitement, engagement, and meditation. Each speaker vibrates according to Park's brain wave-interpreting algorithm, which tranforms intense signals from Park's Emotiv EEG headset into intense vibrations in the pools of water. Here, Park is literally putting her inner struggles on display, and the whole show depends on how she deals with her feelings.

Artist Moves Water With Her Thoughts and Emotions

"I started working with biosensors especially EEG headset, because I questioned, 'how can I take this invisible energy and emotions and make it visible?'" Park told The Creators Project. "When I am feeling certain emotions (anger, sadness, happiness), I believe that what's inside me, more than 60% of water in human body, will create vibrations/energy within myself. So, I wanted to create an artwork that represents the inner part of myself."

Eunoia II metaphorically gives Park's inner self faculty and visibility, continuing the exploration she began in her firstEunoia performance, tenfold.

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Spiritual People Are More Likely To Be Mentally ill

Spiritual People Are More Likely To Be Mentally ill


Spiritual people are more likely to be mentally ill (but at least they think life has more meaning)



 By STEVE ROBSON

Being spiritual may give life deeper meaning, but it can also make you more susceptible to mental illness, new research suggests.

A study found that people professing to be spiritual, but not conventionally religious, were more likely to suffer from a host of mental challenges.

They suffered problems including abnormal eating conditions, drug abuse, anxiety disorder, phobias and neurosis.

They were also more likely than others to be taking medication for mental health problems.

Professor Michael King, from University College London, and his fellow researchers wrote in the British Journal of Psychiatry: 'Our main finding is that people who had a spiritual understanding of life had worse mental health than those with an understanding that was neither religious nor spiritual.'

The study was based on a survey of 7,403 randomly selected men and women in England who were questioned about their spiritual and religious beliefs, and mental state.

Of the participants, 35 per cent described themselves as 'religious', meaning they attended a church, mosque, synagogue or temple.

Spiritual People Are More Likely To Be Mentally ill

The vast majority of this group were Christian.

A further 19 per cent claimed to have spiritual beliefs or experiences without following a specific religion, while 46 per cent were neither religious nor spiritual.

More than nine out of 10 were white British, with an average age of 46.

Of the different groups, spiritual people were 50 per cent more likely to have a generalised anxiety disorder and 72 per cent more likely to suffer from a phobia.

They also had a 77 per cent higher chance of being dependent on drugs and were 37 per cent more at risk of neurotic disorder.

Spirituality was also associated with a 40 per cent greater likelihood of receiving treatment with psychotropic drugs.

Individuals of religious faith and those with none experienced equal levels of mental problems, the study found.

But there were fewer problems with drugs or alcohol among the faithful.

Spiritual People Are More Likely To Be Mentally ill

Unlike some American studies, the new research found no clear relationship between religious belief and happiness.

One recent large internet study in the US reported that non-religious people with spiritual beliefs were emotionally less stable than other groups.

However, they made up only 2 per cent of the study sample.

The researchers wrote: 'We conclude that there is increasing evidence that people who profess spiritual beliefs in the absence of a religious framework are more vulnerable to mental disorder.

'The nature of this association needs greater examination in qualitative and in prospective quantitative research.'


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7 Common Habits That Make us Sad

7 Common Habits That Make us Sad

Habits are what most of our lives are made of. There are healthy habits which are helping us make progress and become stronger every day but there are also habits which aren’t that good for our well-being. Sometimes we need to be reminded to stop and protect our happiness by putting an end to our unhealthy behaviors. So here is a list of 7 common sources of everyday suffering that might help you fight them and find your way to happiness.

Being offended by what people say

There will always be people who will try to bring you down or make you feel bad about yourself. But what you need to understand is that it is your choice whether to react to their criticism or to just let it pass by you. If someone tries to hurt you verbally, it is highly possible that they are suffering deep down in their heart. Think about it, if a person is confident, mentally strong, does what they love and is happy with their life, would they ever think about dragging someone down? No, they won’t because strong people uplift others, they will always try to help a person rather than make one feel miserable. So next time someone tries to insult you, don’t take it personally. But if you are really influenced by the critic’s words, talk it over with a close friend or a relative, let it all out and most importantly, forgive yourself for allowing that person to make you feel bad about yourself.

Glorifying the meaning of “busy”

We are living in a fast paced world where everyone is always on the run. We are programmed to think that being always busy is something to be proud of. But haven’t we already crossed the borders? The line between business and insanity is thin. Many of us have forgotten that taking a rest is needed for our well-being. Some have almost forgotten how to relax and are always carrying the burden of their busy lives by constantly thinking about work and different everyday tasks. It is essential for our health to give ourselves some time off. This will not only improve quality of our life but also the quality of our work. Taking small breaks every hour while working gives us the opportunity to freshen up and recharge.

Negative energy sources are a usual part of your daily routine

Many people don’t really know how exactly their daily routine affects their thoughts. They are so used to the activities they do on a daily basis that they forget to stop and reflect on them. Many of us forget to ask ourselves whether the rituals we do today are actually a source of positive energy or the reason for our suffering.

If you are constantly feeling unhappy, make some time to think about how a usual day of your life goes. Which parts of your routine you would like to change? What kind of people do you meet and how does each one make you feel? What kind of blogs/magazines are you reading and do you really enjoy spending your time on them? It is really important to stop and think what kind of things and thoughts you are brainwashing yourself with. Because the stories we tell ourselves every day, become the way we see the world and the way we live our lives. Remember to make time for the things you love doing and to spend less time on the ones that bring you down.

Stuck in the comfort zone

As we all know, the comfort zone is the place where nothing good grows. It is highly possible that you won’t find your happiness there either. Being stuck in your daily routine, going through the usual activities every day, may make you feel unsatisfied and sad. Ways to break free from your comfort zone are to do something that is unusual for you, that you haven’t tried or you are scared of doing. Challenge yourself to do something different every week. It can be anything: from skydiving to ordering something new at the restaurant. Anything counts, as long as it is new for you or gets your blood rushing.


The “serious” mask

Taking life too seriously may make you feel more fearful because you start analyzing each move you make. You slowly forget to have fun, laugh and relax. How can you fully enjoy your life journey in that case? If you start feeling bitter about life and think of the world as a bad place to be, do this simple trick. Stick a note on your mirror that says “Lighten up!” Every time you look at it remind yourself that you are the one who is making things complicated and serious. Drop that weight and look at life from a different perspective- a simpler and clearer one. Remind yourself what’s really important for you. Practicing this every day will turn it into a habit and you will feel the positive change in you.

Comparing yourself to others

When you focus too much of your time and attention on what others have and you don’t, you are surely headed down the way of suffering. Constantly comparing yourself to others may leave you feel envious and bitter because you lose focus of what’s more important- yourself. Next time you catch yourself doing that, take out a piece of paper and a pen and write 5 positive things about yourself. This can uplift your spirit and make you realize that you are awesome, too. It is human getting envious from time to time but when that happens, try to understand the origins of your jealousy. Ask yourself what triggers that emotion- is it because that friend of yours has recently learned a new language, travels more and just got a promotion? When you understand what exactly you are jealous about, don’t hate that person but ask them how they achieved their success. That way you will know where to start from in order to get what you want from your life, too.

Constantly living in the future

Making plans all the time and always thinking about the next thing you have to do, can leave you feeling miserable and unfulfilled. Constantly living in the next moment deprives you from living in the present one, it doesn’t allow you to fully experience what’s happening right now. By doing that, you will never find joy because you will always expect it to be in the next moment. You will end up skipping moments just like Adam Sandler in “Click”, he look pretty upset when he got old and realized he hadn’t lived. What we need to remind ourselves is that happiness can only be found in the present. Why miss it by worrying about the future or regretting our past? Try being aware of your present emotions, activities and the place you are right now. Experience life now.

Scientists Discover an Ocean 400 Miles Beneath Our Feet


By Sebastian Anthony

After decades of theorizing and searching, scientists are reporting that they’ve finally found a massive reservoir of water in the Earth’s mantle — a reservoir so vast that could fill the Earth’s oceans three times over. This discovery suggests that Earth’s surface water actually came from within, as part of a “whole-Earth water cycle,” rather than the prevailing theory of icy comets striking Earth billions of years ago. As always, the more we understand about how the Earth formed, and how its multitude of interior layers continue to function, the more accurately we can predict the future. Weather, sea levels, climate change — these are all closely linked to the tectonic activity that endlessly churns away beneath our feet.

This new study, authored by a range of geophysicists and scientists from across the US, leverages datafrom the USArray — an array of hundreds of seismographs located throughout the US that are constantly listening to movements in the Earth’s mantle and core. After listening for a few years, and carrying out lots of complex calculations, the researchers believe that they’ve found a huge reserve of water that’s located in thetransition zone between the upper and lower mantle — a region that occupies between 400 and 660 kilometers (250-410 miles) below our feet. [DOI: 10.1126/science.1253358 – “Dehydration melting at the top of the lower mantle”]


As you can imagine, things are a little complex that far down. We’re not talking about some kind of water reserve that can be reached in the same way as an oil well. The deepest a human borehole has ever gone is just 12km — about half way through the Earth’s crust — and we had to stop because geothermal energy was melting the drill bit. 660 kilometers is a long, long way down, and weird stuff happens down there.

Basically, the new theory is that the Earth’s mantle is full of a mineral called ringwoodite. We know from experiments here on the surface that, under extreme pressure, ringwoodite can trap water. Measurements made by the USArray indicate that as convection pushes ringwoodite deeper into the mantle, the increase in pressure forces the trapped water out (a process known as dehydration melting). That seems to be the extent of the study’s findings. Now they need to try and link together deep-Earth geology with what actually happens on the surface. The Earth is an immensely complex machine that generally moves at a very, very slow pace. It takes years of measurements to get anything even approaching useful data. [Read: Is earthquake prediction finally a reality?]


With all that said, there could be massive repercussions if this study’s findings are accurate. Even if the ringwoodite only contains around 2.6% water, the volume of the transition zone means this underground reservoir could contain enough water to re-fill our oceans three times over. I’m not saying that this gives us the perfect excuse to continue our abuse of Earth’s fresh water reserves, but it’s definitely something to mull over. This would also seem to discount the prevailing theory that our surface water arrived on Earth via a bunch of icy comets.


Finally, here’s a fun thought that should remind us that Earth’s perfect composition and climate is, if you look very closely, rather miraculous. One of the researchers, talking to New Scientist, said that if the water wasn’t stored underground, “it would be on the surface of the Earth, and mountaintops would be the only land poking out.” Maybe if the formation of Earth had be a little different, or if we were marginally closer to the Sun, or if a random asteroid didn’t land here billions of years ago… you probably wouldn’t be sitting here surfing the web.

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Deaf Man Is Able To Hear Using Wi-Fi Signals

Deaf Man Is Able To Hear Using Wi-Fi Signals

 By: HEATHER SAUL

A man who is going deaf can now 'hear' Wi-Fi wherever he walks.

London-based science writer Frank Swain, 32, was first diagnosed with early onset hearing loss when he was in his 20s. In 2012, he was fitted with hearing aids.

Mr Swain says he was inspired to hack his hearing aids from the first day he received the devices.

Two years later, and after receiving a grant from UK innovation charity Nesta, Mr Swain and sound artist Daniel Jones have produced Phantom Terrains, a new tool that makes Wi-Fi signals audible.

The tool runs on Mr Swain's iPhone and picks up details about nearby signals, such as the router name, signal strength and distance.

Each detail is given its own sonic tone which are streamed to his phone and picked up by a special pair of Bluetooth-connected hearing aids. It means Mr Swain will always be able to hear Wi-Fi as long as he carries his phone with him.

Mr Swain produced a map and audio to demonstrate what the internet sounds like from his walk around the BBC Broadcasting House in central London .

Deaf Man Is Able To Hear Using Wi-Fi Signals

A man who is going deaf can now 'hear' Wi-Fi wherever he walks.

London-based science writer Frank Swain, 32, was first diagnosed with early onset hearing loss when he was in his 20s. In 2012, he was fitted with hearing aids.

Mr Swain says he was inspired to hack his hearing aids from the first day he received the devices.

Two years later, and after receiving a grant from UK innovation charity Nesta, Mr Swain and sound artist Daniel Jones have produced Phantom Terrains, a new tool that makes Wi-Fi signals audible.

The tool runs on Mr Swain's iPhone and picks up details about nearby signals, such as the router name, signal strength and distance.

Each detail is given its own sonic tone which are streamed to his phone and picked up by a special pair of Bluetooth-connected hearing aids. It means Mr Swain will always be able to hear Wi-Fi as long as he carries his phone with him.

Mr Swain produced a map and audio to demonstrate what the internet sounds like from his walk around the BBC Broadcasting House in central London .

Speaking to The Independent, Mr Swain explained: "The information is turned into sound on the phone. Distant signals are rendered as clicking beacons like a Geiger counter, whilst the strongest signals have their network ID turned into a looped melody.


"This audio is then streamed wirelessly over a Bluetooth connection to a pair of Starkey Halo hearing aids. These hearing aids are designed so that audio sent by Bluetooth can be blended with the normal output of the devices.

"In effect, I hear the Wi-Fi sound mixed into my normal hearing."

In the advent of voice activated systems such as Siri and Google Glass, he believes everyone will soon want to wear an earpiece connecting them to their smartphone.

He said: "We're reaching a new stage of how we interact with our devices. It's an excellent time to think about what tools we can build when we're in constant conversation with the machines around us."

On an individual level, he says the project has helped to change his attitude to hearing loss. "It was a big blow to learn I was going deaf at such a young age, but through this project I've seen that actually I can use the situation I'm in to my advantage, and explore abilities that nobody else gets to experience," said Mr Swain.

"I don't feel like I've lost something any more, instead I feel like I've gained something."

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5 Reasons Why According to Science Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Is Totally Wrong

by Tatiana Tobar-Darzi R.

In school we learned that dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago, and small mammals survived and evolved into other mammals and at some point around 250,000 years ago an apelike mammal evolved into what is now the modern human, right? Wrong. Newly discovered artifacts prove that humanity has been around much longer than originally thought, and that humans did not always live in a primitive society.

I think it’s about time to update our ancient history and science textbooks.


Here are some prehistoric findings that baffle scientists about our human history:


1. The Antikythera Mechanism—Made over 2,000 years ago


 The Antikythera Mechanism—Made over 2,000 years ago

The Antikythera Mechanism is a 2000-year-old mechanical device used to calculate the positions of the sun, moon, planets, and even the dates of the ancient Olympic Games. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally discovered in 1901, it wasn’t until modern scanning tools in the 21st century that the intricate interlocking gears were discovered. Made by the Greeks—this ancient computer can accurately calculate astronomical changes.


2. Mineral Paint in Caves—Painted 15,000 to 50,000 years ago


 The Antikythera Mechanism—Made over 2,000 years ago

Cave paintings as old as 10,000 years in Valcamonica, Italy, show people wearing what some have said are space suits. (Wikimedia Commons)

Inside different caves from around the world there are prehistoric paintings of society with graphic details of an unexpected nature—such as people wearing shirts, pants, boots, and hats.


3. The London Hammer—110-115 million years old and encased within a multimillion-year-old rock


 The Antikythera Mechanism—Made over 2,000 years ago

 A hammer, the exact function of which remains unknown, was found in a creek bed by two hikers in London, Texas, in 1936.The hammer was encased in limestone upon its discovery which was said to be between 110 and 115 million years old, reports Glen J. Kuban at Paleo.cc. (Minghui.org)

Found in London, Texas, in 1936 by 2 hikers—the hammer (of unknown use) is not just 110 to 115 million years old, but also it was found encased within a multimillion-year-old rock.


4. Shoeprint on Trilobite Fossil—Shoeprint was made 200-600 million years ago

 The Antikythera Mechanism—Made over 2,000 years ago

A fossilized footprint stepping on a trilobite, an extinct marine arthropod. Trilobites are known to have gone extinct around 260 million years ago. (Minghui.org)

In June 1968, a fossilized footprint with a trilobite proves nearly impossible since trilobites have gone extinct around 280 million years ago. The fossilized footprint—wearing size 13 shoes—is estimated to be between 200 and 600 million years old.


5. Nuclear Reactor in the Gabon Republic of Africa—1.8 billion years old


 The Antikythera Mechanism—Made over 2,000 years ago

In 1972, a French factory imported uranium ore from Oklo, Gabon, and found that the uranium has already been extracted. Scientists from around the world went to study this phenomenon and discovered an underground nuclear reactor that surpasses the capabilities of our scientific knowledge.

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The Future Of Relationships? Soon Millions Of Men Will Be Having Sex With Life-Like Female Robots

The Future Of Relationships? Soon Millions Of Men Will Be Having Sex With Life-Like Female Robots

 By Michael Snyder

If men had a choice between real women and female robots that were almost “virtually indistinguishable” from real women, which would they choose? Certainly many men would never be willing to totally give up on relationships with living, breathing women, but as robotic technology continues to advance at an exponential rate there will be men (and women) that will be tempted to abandon real relationships entirely. And that day is approaching a lot faster than you may think. As you will read about below, incredibly life-life female robots are being introduced in Japan right now. The creators of these robots are not designing them for sexual intercourse at the moment, but experts say that it is only a matter of time before this technology is adapted for such purposes. The potential market for female sex androids is absolutely massive, and there are no laws against such a thing in most countries. But as men all over the globe begin acquiring these sex droids, what will that do to real relationships between men and women and what will that say about our society?

With each passing year, robots are becoming much more like humans. And for some reason, many of these robot designers purposely choose to have their robots resemble very attractive young women.

One of these very attractive female robots, “Asuna”, has created quite a stir in Japan recently. The following is from a recent Daily Mail article about this remarkable droid…

Chillingly life-like robots are causing a storm in Japan – where their creators are about to launch them as actresses, full-size mechanical copies for pop idol fans, and clones of the dearly departed.


There is even talk that the naturalistic, even engaging, she-droids may be taken up as men as partners in the not-too-distant future.

The video that I have posted below contains footage of Asuna. As you can see, she has been designed to very closely resemble a 15-year-old girl…

And Asuna is far from the only highly advanced female android being developed over in Japan right now. For example, just check out the video footage from Japan that I have posted below. As you watch this video, try to figure out which of the people are real and which of the people are just robots. As you can see, it is not too easy to do…

Since most nations do not have laws against sex with robots, and since there is so much money that could potentially be made, many experts are forecasting that “relationships” with female sex androids will soon become commonplace.

In time, Levy predicts, it will be quite normal for people to buy robots as companions and lovers. “I believe that loving sex robots will be a great boon to society,” he says. “There are millions of people out there who, for one reason or another, cannot establish good relationships.”


So what would all of this mean for real human relationships?

In 1920, there were 92.3 marriages for every 1,000 unmarried women. In 2012, there were only 31.1 marriages for every 1,000 unmarried women.

Obviously, adding female sex robots to the mix is not going to help things.

As a society we are more isolated individually than we have ever been before, and providing men the temptation of female sex robots would only make it even more difficult for them to establish meaningful real life relationships.

But is there anything that we can do to stop this technology?

After all, it seems like robots are starting to take over everything.

So what happens when robots can do virtually everything better than humans can?

What will society look like?

And are these technologies going to make our lives much better or much worse?


VIDEO: Meet 15 year old Android Robot Girl, Asuna 



VIDEO: Human or Machine? The Incredibly Life-Like Android Robots From Japan 



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Man Spends 7 Years Turning Himself Into A Human PLATYPUS

Man Spends 7 Years Turning Himself Into A Human PLATYPUS

 By Andy Wells

Russian designer Jenya has undergone severe body modifications – stretching eight parts of his face beyond recognition – to emulate the distinctive bill of a platypus.

The 26-year-old has had both of his ear lobes, his nostrils, septum and his top and bottom lip stretched to over nine-and-a-half inches altogether.

He is also the only person in the world to have his ‘Surna’ – the very top bridge of his nose – stretched.

The designer from Perm, Russia says he won’t stop gouging his body until he realizes his bizarre vision.

He said: “I love platypus – the way they look and even the word ‘platypus’ itself.

“I like the way my stretched face and lips now look like a platypus bill.

“All of the modifications I have added to my body make me feel whole.


"This is what I am now. It is what I have always wanted to be.”

Man Spends 7 Years Turning Himself Into A Human PLATYPUS

Jenya admits that he was a quiet child who felt like he "didn't belong" while growing up and it was when he was 10-years-old that he first discovered body modifications.

He explained: “When I saw body piercings for the first time on the internet, I became very interested.

"As I got older, I started learning about ear lobe stretching which was still very rare.

“I loved the way it looked – the way you could stretch your body to become who you want to be.

"It’s such a beautiful art.”

Man Spends 7 Years Turning Himself Into A Human PLATYPUS

Stretching his earlobes out when he was 18, Jenya went on to explore other parts of his body that he could stretch out – and set about realising his dream to have a horizontal lip to emulate the bill of a platypus.

He also embarked on stretching both his nostrils and septum to create an elongated, billed look.

Seven years later, he has finally achieved a permanent, stretched size of 58mm on his bottom lip and 33mm on his top lip – and he plans on increasing them even more.

Jenya revealed: “I would stretch my face and lips a little at a time and keep going. There was no limit.

“It has taken me years to get to where I am and now, I feel like I finally belong in this world.

“Externally, I am now a platypus. My resemblance is the way I want it to be.

“Inside though, I am more like a bird. They’re my spirit animal and they come to me in my dreams.”

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CREEPY: Blackhead Squeezing Now [VIDEO]


By Ollie McAteer
We present to you the daddy of all blackhead-squeezing videos. Because spot-popping is so yesterday.

Dr Vikram Yadav sends us on an educational tour of dermatology with a series of gruesome YouTube videos.

Using a special tool, he squeezes out blackheads from his patients – much to the satisfaction of many a viewer.

He explains that blackheads and whiteheads are not related to hygiene or diet. But they are much more common for smokers.

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Schoolboy Gains 'Superpower' After Near Death Experience

Schoolboy Gains 'Superpower' After Near Death Experience

By: Ollie McAteer
A schoolboy who was almost killed when he was knocked out by a massive electrical shock claims to have developed a superpower.

Nikolai Kryaglyachenko, 12, was walking home after school when he lent briefly against the lamppost that was live from a faulty wire, and was blasted across the pavement.

But when he woke up the next day he found coins that had been on the mattress stuck to his body.

His power to attract metal mirrors that of Magneto’s – a villain from Marvel comics.


Nikolai said: ‘I can do things I couldn’t do before but I don’t have a lot of control over it. Even when I do not want to do it, I still attract things. Once I even attracted a glass – it just moved towards me.’

He added that he has now decided instead of a fireman he wants to be a superhero when he is older.

Nikolai even claims that he seems to be able to share his power and can influence others so that other people turn into live magnets as well.

 

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25 Lessons and Insights From Old Souls

25 Lessons and Insights From Old Souls

For some, it is in very early life that a fundamental understanding of existence is born. This intrinsic intelligence speaks of things that most people only grasp later in life; that knowledge is power, wisdom is happiness, and truth is freedom.

This perceptiveness and deeper comprehension of the principles of life is a common trait amongst the Old in Soul.

Functioning as the emotional, intellectual and spiritual fringe dwellers of society, Old Souls can be likened to the modest Sages and humble Mystics of the days of old.

Finding it difficult to adapt to our modern materialistic and ego-worshiping society, Old Souls go along their quiet paths often unheard and unacknowledged.

After all, in a world full of Young Souls craving for occupational, financial and social success, who really has the time to stop, calm down, and listen to the deeper calls of life?

If you do have open ears and an open heart, however, you may find this article not only beneficial, but invaluable and enlightening.


25 Lessons and Insights From Old Souls

25 Lessons, Insights And Revelations

Posed to a group of more than 3,000 self-identified Old Souls, I recently asked the following question hoping to receive a variety of responses:

What lessons, insights and/or revelations do you have about life?

The following is a compilation of this warm and insightful group’s responses.

"Live life in love, by loving yourself first. Follow your heart, and your intuition. Trust your gut instinct because chances are, you are right! Protect our Mother Earth, Gaia, in any way that you can." – Jason Pednault

"There is the world of the manifest and the unmanifested. Consciousness makes the world manifest." – Annette Vaillancourt

"Life is about loving; loving yourself, loving nature, humanity and all of its mistakes, about loving everyone you know because you undertand them, about loving everyone you don’t know because they might be just like you, about loving every single thing you can do, did or will do with no regrets." – Pedro Claro

"Pay closer attention to your thoughts and actions. Let go of the things not under your control, which are most things. Don’t attach yourself to the wish of a great future while not enjoying the ‘here and now’." – Ashish Pratap Singh

"Irealized that in life I must seek beauty everywhere: in art, in nature, in God, in the human being; always beautiful, even when apparently there is no beauty." – Cinzia Onnis

"The greatest lesson I’ve had is realising that I am the master of my own destiny. My thoughts and feelings can change my life from second to second. Once I realised I had this much power, I knew that my life would take a positive turn." – Marie Carnie

"Every person finds the truth their own way, and the ultimate “truth” in life has many versions that suit the needs of the many that feel they need it, whether it be religion, spirituality, or lack thereof. As contemporary beings on the same planet, it is our duty, our social contract, to respect each others autonomy without ever infringing upon it." – Gabe Stroup

"Then the individual is ready or facing an Awakening, they are called to retreat. The “normal” things in life just become empty. This time is for you to be Alone, to ponder and retrospect, to start the Quest of finding your true self, for only in the quietness of your own can you truly see what you really are and embrace it. After that, your world will change and different more similar friends will come to you. In general, life will improve." – Andres Romero

"Atransformative moment came for me the first time I looked into a stranger’s eyes and felt unconditional love and acceptance for them. I felt for the first time how interconnected we all are." – Donna Warner

"There isn’t a destination. While we seek to arrive, we never will. Simply seeking to accept and share as much of the abundance as we possibly can continually, makes for a fluid existence." – Leigh Wiegold

"Life is creation, keep creating." – Rome Nimkar

"What is commonly called “heaven” and “hell” is not a place outside of this existence we call “life” but rather they are extremes in experiences right here and now. We experience “heaven” when we focus on the positive experiences and “hell” when we are mired in the difficult times without a sense of learning anything from the experience. In actuality, experiences are neither all-good or all-bad, they just are. It’s how we focus our attention that puts an experience in one category or the other… and all are opportunities for growth!" – Laura Marek

"It’s not that we are all connected, it’s more that we were never disconnected in the first place, and that we just thought that was the case. Once we realize that we really are all one being, and that things like good and evil are merely human constructs, logic will lead us to wisdom." – Kristopher Marlatt

"When your prayers are not answered, it doesn’t mean God has abandoned you or doesn’t exist. You cannot have everything you want. In every struggle, there is a lesson to be learned. And there will come a time wherein you’ll realize why those things happened and what you have learned from them. We live in this world not just to exist but continue on learning." – Irene Laroga Gunning

"Faith can be a humble expression of hope, or an arrogant and ignorant declaration of truth. I personally believe humility is in order when contemplating God." – Thomas Schneider

"No matter how mature you get, no matter how much you think you understand, as you go from one moment to another, one person to the next; through examples and mistakes, we will keep on learning. Because life is a journey. And in that journey, we will learn and relearn the lessons we have come to realize." – John Arvin Baygan

"The two words I live my life by are “just love”. I also strongly believe in the power of NOW and we are all one with each other and the universe." – Jess Habig

"Reality is nothing but the manifestation of Imagination. In the end what really exists forever, what we can call as the absolute, undebatable, undeniable, invincible truth is the creative force of our thinking patterns in the middle of an infinite void. The Source is experiencing all of us, our lives, our existence all together at once simultaneously in the same moment right now, even as I type these words." – Pranay Kumar

"We live life as artists creating our path of existence. In the end, we create this magnificent masterpiece with all its beauty to share with the Universe so that it grows as well." – Shiela Brown

"One of the major challenges we face in life is that our life is disjointed, both inside and outside. There are many parts of us that need to be integrated so that we can form a big picture. Khalil Jibran once said “Joy is your sorrow unmasked”. We have got to bring our hidden sides to consciousness and integrate them into a whole so that our joy increases profoundly and our life unfolds magically and effortlessly." – Hassan Qadeer Butt

"For so long I have sought answers from books, and teachers, only to find discontent for I could not live them out. My wisdom never came from philosophies or teachings; they only improved my understanding. True wisdom comes from within." – Nikko Palma

"Material things, physical appearances, labelling, and the need to see things as a form of evidence are all superficial. We just need to practice proper discernment. And to achieve proper discernment, we must practice graceful detachment." – Kevin Echaluse

"Over time, I have learned that my old soul sees a part of itself in every person it meets. It has the ability to see through others’ eyes. With this lesson, I have achieved greater humility, compassion, and kindness towards all mankind." – Maya Delion

"I have learned there’s pure joy in building bridges and not burning them, leading everything towards communion not fragmentation." – Kunjana Parashar

"Everything that happens in my life, whether perceived as good or bad, is for my benefit and growth, and for the benefit and growth of the original consciousness of the universe." – Brianna Leigh

If you gleaned something precious from this article, please share below. Similarly, if you have any of your own lessons, insights or revelations to share I would love to hear them in the comments section!

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Jurassic Plant Brought Back To Life After 200 Million Years

Jurassic Plant Brought Back To Life After 200 Million Years

A French team of scientists from the University of Lille fell upon an unlikely find when they gathered remnants of plant material buried deep into the permafrost of Antarctica in 2013. To their surprise, the recovered plant material contained intact seeds, but it is only months later that a team of paleobotanists took up the challenge of reviving the 200 million-year old palm tree and, to their own disbelief, succeeded.

It is not the first time an extinct plant has been brought back to life since a specimen of Silene stenophylla, a plant that has been extinct for over 30,000 years, was just brought back into existence in 2012 by Russian scientists, but it is definitely the boldest attempt as the unknown species of palm tree is thought to be of the Jurassic period, possibly estimated to be 200 million-years old.

It is also a mystery that tropical plants could have managed to grow on the Antarctica continent 200 million-years ago and the experiment could bring to light vital information about atmospheric conditions on Earth at the time, such as levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide (CO2).

Jurassic Plant Brought Back To Life After 200 Million Years

The unknown plant specimen is thought to be of the Cycad family, a close relative to our modern Cycas rumphii, which could stand a lengthy 200 meter tall and 6 meters wide according to physical evidence gathered from fossilized remains 
“Several prior tests were inconclusive at first because levels of CO2 were not proper for the micropropagation of the plant tissues. Current conditions on Earth are apparently extremely different from atmospheric conditions of the Jurassic period” explains lead team researcher Jean-Marcel DeKoninck.
“We’ve had to evaluate through trial and error what the proper dosage of oxygen, carbon dioxide and other elements were needed to make the plants thrive. Even though we have successfully brought back to life some strains of the specimens, it is not certain that we have reproduced exactly the conditions present at the time” he admits.

Jurassic Plant Brought Back To Life After 200 Million Years

Understanding the plants biological needs could give scientists precious information about atmospheric conditions on Earth in the Jurassic period.

The plant material that has been through the process of micropropagation, a method that rapidly multiplies stock plant material to produce a large number of progeny plants using modern plant tissue culture methods, have undergone various trials before the team has successfully been able to breathe the gift of life into the specimens.

“The present atmospheric conditions on Earth do not permit these once extinct species to live out of an artificial context. It is still a mystery to modern science how such species could attain such gigantic proportions compared to their modern relatives. Oxygen and carbon dioxide levels present at the time might have played a major part in the development of gigantic species of fauna and flora of the Jurassic period” explains PhD team researcher Jeanne Mancelot.

Jurassic Plant Brought Back To Life After 200 Million Years

The research team is hoping to finance another trip to Antarctica in 2015-2016 which could reveal other remnants of extinct flora deep beneath the permafrost layer.

“It is a race against time as global warming, which is heating the permafrost with greater intensity every day, could damage potential specimens by bringing them prematurely in contact with the air, which could destroy specimens of great significance to further scientific research and which have the potential of increasing dramatically our understanding of ancient atmospheric conditions on Earth” concludes Dr DeKoninck.

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