Spirituality & Self-Development
- Contemplations on Modern Insanity – by Myriads (aka Myriad)
Points out some psychological reasons that some people may claim to be non-human or even fictional characters. Tries to clear up some of the misconceptions that all psions are aliens, part animal, or vampires.
- How Beliefs Become Ingrained – by Peebrain
Explains the author’s visualization of how opposing beliefs “fight it out” in his mind. The beliefs that win aren’t necessarily the ones that are true, but the ones that make better use of mental defense mechanisms like changing memories to better support themselves, appealing to authority and social conditioning, altering perception, etc. Recommends making the “battle”, which is usually sub-conscious, conscious, so that you become aware of when beliefs are trying to use tricks instead of adhering to logic and reality.
- The Subjectivity of Spirituality – by Float
Explains how the author has come to see religion and spirituality as subjective views of reality, based on our own perceptions. Draws an insightful parallel with the various paranormal and metaphysical communities online which insist on a particular view of reality even though there is no way to objectively verify it.
- The “Soul Mirror” – by Float
Describes what a “Soul Mirror” is, what it can be used for, and how it can be made. Includes instructions for the traditional Hermetic method (writing down lists of positive and negative traits, categorizing them by element, and then working toward balance between elements), a method that skips the elemental associations and simply works to exchange positive traits for negative ones, and a more informal method from the Art of Living (making note of behaviors that you want to start, continue, or stop, as well as the steps you would take to do so).
- How To Develop Patience – by Float
Explains why patience is often undeveloped and how it can be useful. Describes how patience can play out in acting, waiting, and watching–approaching each with mindful acceptance rather than worry. Gives tips for decreasing stress and practicing patience, including making an effort, not cutting corners, delaying gratification, meditation, yoga, and learning to expect the unexpected.
- Subtle Subconscious Ripples – by Peebrain
Describes how listening to one’s sub-conscious can provide guidance and aid in self-development. Outlines the importance of having a clear and calm mind when trying to listen to one’s sub-conscious, and how emotions and expectations can effect what is heard.
- Yoga – by ChezNips
Explains how Yoga not just a form of stretching and exercise, but rather is a lifestyle designed to help the practitioner master mind and body, leading to enlightenment. Describes the Eightfold Path as laid out by Pantanjali in the Yoga Sutras.
- Understanding Basic Human Needs – by LadyKalee
Explains how human needs can be met constructively or destructively, and how trauma can impact the meeting of needs. Describes three systems that categorize and rank human needs, including Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Anthony Robbins’ six basic human needs. Explores pairs of needs that seem to be paradoxical and must be kept in balance, and digs into how some of the various needs can be expressed in positive or negative ways. Includes a few exercises to explore one’s own needs and and how they are being met.
- Self Mastery – by Prophecy
Defines reflexes and habits based on physical survival to be “animalistic”, as opposed to a person’s “divine nature”. Presents nine exercises that encourage mindfulness and discipline instead of reflexive action, including: overcoming habits, eating control, control of movement, control of speech, control of thought, making a new ritual, control of personality, sleep control, and destruction of niceties.
- Hacking Reality – by Peebrain
Explores the idea of how psi phenomena fit into an atheist view point. Suggests that psi is simply “hacking the code” of the reality that we live in, rather than being anything supernatural. (Scroll down, it’s the second post on the page.)
- The 11:11 Phenomenon: Where Intent Affects Perception – by Float
Describes how people begin to take seeing “11:11” on a clock or similar things as signs. Notes how interpretation and intent can play a role in perception.
- How To Use Affirmations To Change Your Life – by Float
Compares negative vs. positive intent and how this relates to the Law of Attraction. Gives an example of using affirmations, and recommends working the affirmation into your life as much as possible by repeating it often, writing it down, meditating on it, using EFT, visualizing it, leaving yourself reminders, and making it into a sigil.
- Stress and Effectively Managing It – by Float
Overviews common causes of stress and the negative effects it has on one’s physical, mental, and spiritual health. Lists some ways to help manage stress including meditation, exercise, eating healthy, yoga, counting, and getting enough sleep.
- Art of the Mind – by Stolide Demens
A collection of tips and ideas for mastering the mind and improving at energy work, drawn from the author’s reading of various sources.
- Emerging Relationships Between Science and Spirituality – by Float
Explains how science may not be incompatible with spirituality after all, and tries to explain prayer and the Law of Attraction with quantum physics by claiming that the reason that the electrons formed two lines when a sensor was used during the double slit experiment was because that was the pattern that was expected. However, based on the video provided in the article, this is a misinterpretation.
- The Ego: Brief Look From A Spiritual Stand Point – by Float
Describes the common spiritualist opinion on the “ego”, which differs quite a bit from the traditional psychological definition.
- Mysticism: An Introduction – by Float
Overviews the perspectives of mysticism, including common beliefs, experiences, and goals.
- Dealing with Negative Emotion – by JediKaren
Cautions that negative emotions can take over your life and gives examples of how they can spread between people or affect a whole location. Warns that anger mixed with psi ability can harm other people or objects, fear may block psi ability, and being power hungry or depressed can negatively affect training. Lists a few ideas for dealing with negative emotions, including meditation.