Culture

When Cultures Clash: Dissolving Fear of the Other

When Cultures Clash: Dissolving Fear of the Other

“The world doesn’t change in front of your eyes, it changes behind your back.” – Terry Hayes The human ailment of not being able to accept the ‘other’ spans countries and ideologies alike. To categorize differences under labels such as religion and culture with the assumption that we will all leave each other well alone only seems to exacerbate them, for we will always come up ag... »

Manifesting Our Desires: The Ancient Art of Witchcraft

Manifesting Our Desires: The Ancient Art of Witchcraft

“And when we introduce an intention in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, we put this infinite organizing power to work for us.” – Deepak Chopra We are all familiar with the ancient practice of witchcraft; either through the history books of folk religion and paganism, or through the negative and sometimes violent connotations of modern witchdoctors, child abuse and scandal. Whatever i... »

Animal Spirit Guide: The Transmutation of Poisons & The Death of the Ego

Animal Spirit Guide: The Transmutation of Poisons & The Death of the Ego

“All space is sacred space. Every inch of Mother Earth holds a specially energized connection to some living creature, and is therefore to be honored.” ~ Jamie Sans Snake The more widely recognized chthonic, or ‘earthbound’, and therefore evil symbol of the serpent has given snake a mixed reputation for centuries. The Greeks recognized this as the three Gorgon sisters; Medusa being one of them, Ch... »

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Animal Spirit Guide: The Sacredness of Cats and Dogs

“All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man… the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.” ~ Chief Seattle Using animal spirit guides or animal medicine as a basis for our connection with the divine is a tradition as ancient as the first civilizations that settled on this earth. With its roots in Native American culture, European Paganism, Chinese medicine, Aborigi... »

Myths of Voodoo, Spirits and Black Magic

Myths of Voodoo, Spirits and Black Magic

What do you think about Voodoo or Vodun as it is more accurately known? Many think of Voodoo as a cult that deals in black magic exclusively to cause evil – pinned dolls, curses, evil spirits, sorcerers etc. Lot of information portrayed in movies, TV shows, books in popular culture about Voodoo is inaccurate and sensationalised which has created series of fable tales in people’s mind. Voodoo... »

The Mysteries of the Nazca Lines

The Mysteries of the Nazca Lines

The Nazca lines, a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru, are one of Earth’s greatest mysteries that hold clues to our past. There are multiple theories that try to explain their existence. The recent appearance of the new lines after a sandstorm in Peru captivated me, would it mean that some of the older theories that were put forth are now true? Well we j... »

Four Universally Powerful Gestures

Four Universally Powerful Gestures

The first language humans had was gestures. There was nothing primitive about this language that flowed from people’s hands, nothing we say now that could not be said in the endless array of movements possible with the fine bones of the fingers and wrists. The gestures were complex and subtle, involving a delicacy of motion that has since been lost completely.” – Nicole Krauss Gesture is a non-ver... »

Firewalking: Testing the Power of your Mind

Firewalking: Testing the Power of your Mind

Firewalking, a traditional practice dating back to 4000 years ago, is based on the theory of mind over matter or understanding the mind with matter. Fire being one of the five elements of Earth, is considered an important tool for self-development and evolvement, and the ritual of firewalking is engraved in many cultures. Firewalking has been practiced in many parts of the world for rites of heali... »

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The Healing Properties of Water Stored in Copper

During my childhood days I remember my mother storing water in a copper vessel and asking us to drink it after 7-8 hours, she would claim that water when stored in a copper vessel was extremely healthy for the mind and body. Now when I see these ancient customs reemerging, I look back and think, I should have taken my mom’s advice seriously. Ayurvedic texts recommend drinking water stored in... »

Maori – An Enchanting Way of Life

Maori – An Enchanting Way of Life

Indigenous cultures have much to teach us; their deep knowledge and wisdom of living sustainably and spiritual connections with elements of nature and their surroundings. Like the Maoris, indigenous people of New Zealand, have a fascinating culture and exhilarating way of life. …Maori, that is to say, is the native idea of what constitutes life, what vital essences man is endowed with, and w... »

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