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Padmasambhava: The Second Buddha

November 14th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

Padmasambhava ("Lotus-Born"), also known as Guru Rinpoche, was an 8th-century Buddhist master from the Indian subcontinent. Although there was a historical Padmasambhava, little is known of him apart from helping the construction of the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet at Samye, at the behest of Trisong Detsen, and shortly thereafter leaving Tibet due to court intrigues. A number of legends have grown around Padmasambhava's life [...]

The Tao Te Ching – A Chinese Classic Text

November 10th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

The Tao Te Ching is a Chinese classic text traditionally credited to the 6th-century BC sage Laozi. The text's authorship, date of composition and date of compilation are debated. The oldest excavated portion dates back to the late 4th century BC, but modern scholarship dates other parts of the text as having been written—or at least compiled—later than the earliest portions of the Zhuangzi. The [...]

Top 13 Rudolf Steiner Quotes

November 9th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Rudolf Steiner was an Austrian clairvoyant, philosopher, social reformer, architect, economist, and esotericist. Rudolf Steiner gained initial recognition at the end of the nineteenth century as a literary critic and published philosophical works including The Philosophy of Freedom. Early spiritual experiences When he was nine years old, Steiner believed that he saw the spirit of an aunt who had died in a far-off town asking [...]

Elemental: A Mythic Being in Occult and Alchemical Works

November 7th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

An elemental is a mythic being that is described in occult and alchemical works from around the time of the European Renaissance and particularly elaborated in the 16th-century works of Paracelsus. According to Paracelsus and his subsequent followers, there are four categories of elementals, which are gnomes, undines, sylphs, and salamanders. These correspond to the four Empedoclean elements of antiquity: earth, water, air, and fire, [...]

A Brief History of the Elixir of Life

November 6th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

The elixir of life, also known as the elixir of immortality and sometimes equated with the name philosopher's stone, is a potion that supposedly grants the drinker eternal life and/or eternal youth. The elixir of life was also said to cure all diseases. Alchemists in various ages and cultures sought the means of formulating the elixir. The concept originated in ancient India or China where [...]

The Spiritual Meaning of 333

November 5th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The universe communicates with us in a wide variety of ways, we just need to be awake enough to listen. Synchronicity and numerology are two compelling tools our spiritual guides use to reach us, through apparent coincidences and unique or repeating sequences of numbers with intense meanings. The spiritual meaning of 333 is particularly powerful. Becoming aware of this spiritual communique is the first step [...]

Moxibustion – A Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapy

November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Culture, Herbs & Plants, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , |

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy which consists of burning dried mugwort on particular points on the body. It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Mongolia. Suppliers usually age the mugwort and grind it up to a fluff; practitioners burn the fluff or process it further into a cigar-shaped stick. They can use it indirectly, [...]

Poseidon – The God of the Sea

October 30th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

Poseidon was one of the Twelve Olympians in ancient Greek religion and myth, the god of the sea, storms, earthquakes, and horses. In pre-Olympian Bronze Age Greece, Poseidon was venerated as a chief deity at Pylos and Thebes. His Roman equivalent is Neptune. He was the protector of seafarers, and of many Hellenic cities and colonies. In Homer's Iliad, Poseidon supports the Greeks against the [...]

Claustrophobia: The Fear of Being in a Small Space

October 29th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

Claustrophobia is the fear of being in a small space, room, or confined area and unable to escape. It can be triggered by many situations or stimuli, including elevators crowded to capacity, windowless rooms, hotel rooms with closed doors and sealed windows, even bedrooms with a lock on the outside, small cars, and tight-necked clothing. It is typically classified as an anxiety disorder, which often [...]