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What is Visual Thinking?

January 20th, 2020|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , , |

Visual thinking, also called visual/spatial learning or picture thinking is the phenomenon of thinking through visual processing. Visual thinking has been described as seeing words as a series of pictures. It is common in approximately 60–65% of the general population. "Real picture thinkers", those who use visual thinking almost to the exclusion of other kinds of thinking, make up a smaller percentage of the population. [...]

El Dorado – The Legendary Lost City of Gold

January 18th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

El Dorado, originally El Hombre Dorado ("The Golden Man") or El Rey Dorado ("The Golden King"), was the term used by the Spanish Empire to describe a mythical tribal chief (zipa) of the Muisca people, an indigenous people of the Altiplano Cundiboyacense of Colombia, who, as an initiation rite, covered himself with gold dust and submerged in Lake Guatavita. The legends surrounding El Dorado changed [...]

Top 12 Samael Aun Weor Quotes

January 16th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

Samael Aun Weor was born Víctor Manuel Gómez Rodríguez was a spiritual teacher and author of over sixty books of esoteric spirituality. Victor Manuel Gómez Rodriguez was born on March 6 in Bogotá. He was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church but later rejected the Church of Rome. In his autobiographical account, The Three Mountains, Samael Aun Weor stated that because he was born with [...]

The Avatamsaka Sutra

January 14th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

The Avatamsaka Sutra is one of the most influential Mahayana sutras of East Asian Buddhism. The title is rendered in English as Flower Garland Sutra, Flower Adornment Sutra, or Flower Ornament Scripture. It has been called by the translator Thomas Cleary: "the most grandiose, the most comprehensive, and the most beautifully arrayed of the Buddhist scriptures." The Avatamsaka Sutra describes a cosmos of infinite realms [...]

Samodiva: A Woodland Fairy in Slavic Folklore

January 12th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Samodiva, Samovila or Vila is a woodland fairy or nymph found in South and West Slavic folklore. Samodiva is commonly depicted as an ethereal maiden with long, loose hair, and in some cases, wings. They are typically dressed in free-flowing, feathered white gowns, which give them the power of flight. Samodivas are often described as blonde, tall, slender women with pale, glowing skin and fiery [...]

Hungry Ghost Festival – A Traditional Buddhist Festival

January 11th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

The Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, or Yulan Festival is a traditional Buddhist and Taoist festival held in certain East Asian countries. According to the Chinese calendar (a lunisolar calendar), the Hungry Ghost Festival is on the 15th night of the seventh month (14th in parts of southern China). In Chinese culture, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the [...]

De Materia Medica – The Longest-Lasting Natural History Book

January 8th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , , |

De materia medica is a pharmacopeia of medicinal plants and the medicines that can be obtained from them. The five-volume work was written between 50 and 70 CE by Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek physician in the Roman army. It was widely read for more than 1,500 years until supplanted by revised herbals in the Renaissance, making it one of the longest-lasting of all-natural history books. [...]

Zuni Fetishes – Contemporary Native American Art

January 5th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , |

Zuni fetishes are small carvings made from various materials by the Zuni people. Zuni fetishes have traditionally served a ceremonial purpose for their creators and depict animals and icons integral to their culture. As a form of contemporary Native American art, they are sold with secular intentions to collectors worldwide. Traditional description The main source for academic information on Zuni fetishes is the Second Annual Report [...]

The Practice of Zazen

January 4th, 2020|Categories: Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |

Zazen is a meditative discipline that is typically the primary practice of the Zen Buddhist tradition. The precise meaning and method of zazen vary from school to school, but in general, it can be regarded as a means of insight into the nature of existence. In the Japanese Rinzai school, zazen is usually associated with the study of koans. The Sōtō School of Japan, on [...]