Category: Culture

Ancient Plant Soma or Haoma Revealed
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August 20, 2017

The identity of the ancient plant known as Soma is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in the field of religious history. Common in the religious lore of both ancient India and Persia, the sacred Soma plant was considered a God. When Soma was pressed and made into a drink, the ancient worshipper who imbibed...

People and Trees: An Intimate Connection
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August 18, 2017

Through the ages and in all corners of the globe, people have looked to trees to make sense of our lives, honoring their transcendental qualities in a variety of ways. How has our interconnectedness with trees manifested itself? The answers are many, but these pages present just a few examples. Culled from my own experience...

Pythagoras and the Music of the Spheres
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August 17, 2017

Music of the Spheres is an expression that refers to the entwined relationship connecting the structures of music and those of the physical world, and a conscious awareness of mystical or spiritual qualities being transmitted through-composed sound. It is said that the great philosopher Pythagoras learned and developed this concept after studying in Egypt in...

Legends of Kokopelli in Native American Storytelling

For the last 3,000 years, some have believed that spring will arrive when Kokopelli brings it. The legends of Kokopelli include a Native American deity whose image can be found on pottery and cave walls stretching as far back as 3,000 years. The deity is believed to have been a central figure in the ancient...

History and Origin of Chinese Feng Shui
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August 11, 2017

Feng shui is also known as ‘Kanyu‘ which is the art of placing and situating a building so that it is in harmony with its surroundings. According to feng shui, cultural and social issues are influenced by natural, metaphysical and cosmological factors. To use feng shui one needs to understand the influence of cosmology on...

Opium Poppy: A Powerful Medicine for Pain Relief

Of all plants used in the field of medicine, none has been as widely employed, none has helped to save as many lives and ease suffering, as the opium poppy. Opium poppy and its derivatives have been used since antiquity. Cultivation of opium poppy dates to the Neolithic Age, and remnants of opium date back...

Yoga is Way of Life: A Deeper Understanding from The Bhagavad Gita

Yoga, when translated into English from its Sanskrit origins, means union. In yoga, the goal is to unite the body, mind and spirit–the ego and the authentic Self that is one with all of the creation. Isn’t just physical postures and movements… That’s only a small part of what yoga is in its full complexity....

Chaco Canyon: A Mystical Place in the Desert

Chaco Canyon is a shallow, ten-mile canyon situated in the northwest corner of New Mexico. Seventy miles from the nearest town and accessible only by washboard dirt roads, it’s remote by today’s standards. The canyon itself has been carved from ancient sea beds by centuries of erosion. Millions of years of history reveal themselves in...

Nada Yoga: The Yoga of Sacred Sound
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August 7, 2017

The beginning of a fascinating adventure and my initiation into the Nada Yoga tradition. The first time I went to India, little did I know that my life was going to completely change. I know, many people come back from India saying they transformed. It happened to me, too. At that time, I was a...

Vikings Berserkers – Fierce Drugged Warriors or just Mad Men?

Vikings warriors were a feared lot, and even those who didn’t fear them respected them and their fighting abilities in the battles. But the most ferocious and most feared of them all were the Berserkers. Before the battle, the berserkers worked themselves into a trance state. They did this with the aid of alcohol, but...