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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... »

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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... »

Developing the Inner Self with Kalaripayattu – the Ancient Indian Martial Arts

Developing the Inner Self with Kalaripayattu – the Ancient Indian Martial Arts

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. – Buddha Kalaripayattu is a form of martial art that is native to the state of Kerala in Southern India. Originating way back in 1,000 B.C, it is believed to be one of the oldest methods of Asian martial arts, and is the basis for many martial arts practices in Asia and around the world including Kung F... »

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Yin Yang, a Symbol of Balance and Harmony

Yin-Yang is a deeply rooted concept in Taoist philosophy, representing the constant state of change or duality in the universe forming a whole. It describes how opposite forces are interconnected and mutually dependent in the natural world; and, harmony is only achieved when the two forces combined, are in balance. Any phenomenon within nature can be understood in relation to another; one will alw... »

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Righting the Plane 101

“We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone is arguing over where they’re going to sit” – David Suzuki Imagine Western culture is a crashing airplane. We are all on this plane, and the oxygen masks have just been released. What do you do first? Do you put the mask on your daughter, your son, your husband or wife, the autistic kid in seat 888F? No! You put the mask o... »

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Yopo: the Ancient Amazonian DMT Snuff

Yopo is a visionary snuff used by various tribes in South America for over 4000 years! Nowadays, it’s mostly used by the tribes in the Amazonian Jungle – Yanomami and the Piaroa – who have managed to fend off the influence of the western world, for their spiritual and healing purpose. Even to this day, they continue to hear the wisdom of the jungle in the form of Yopo snuff. The base o... »

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