I have been reading Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now recently, originally championed by the very popular Oprah Winfrey. (My acquaintance with the book is also a little belated, since it was first published in 1997, by Namaste Publishing, Vancouver, Canada). I’ve even been watching the author on YouTube, and I’m pleased to say he […]
True Mindfulness And Meditation – Part One: Enter The Silence
Before we discuss true mindfulness and meditation and its techniques, my basic Mantra is this: Stop Thinking – It Gets in the Way! Most of the time we simply don’t need it. What I mean here is that tendency towards analysing, comparing, judging, naming, checking, recalling, criticising, predicting, pondering and entertaining useless mental distractions. In […]
Spiritual Awakening and Depression – The Solution
Depression is sometimes a sign of your spiritual awakening. It certainly is much more than grief or emotional hurt. This is somewhere we’ve probably all been: a parent dies, a husband or wife leaves us, a beloved pet passes away. Though these things are wounding, they are rooted in the emotions – our needs have […]
True Mindfulness and Meditation – Part Three: The Power of Intention
‘The inquisitive reader is bound to ask about how to develop the power of intention. The fact is we all try to manifest things through our intentions, sometimes they work, but less often than not. Now we see that this is because we are in our ego when we intend. But how do we change […]
The Placebo Effect – the Mysterious Power of Belief!
So what is going on? Doctors have known about the placebo effect for decades, and result[s] seem to show that the Placebo Effect is somehow biochemical. But apart from that, we simply don’t know. – Michael Brooks It was a physician, T. C. Graves who first coined the term ‘placebo’ when an essay of […]
Consciousness: 30 Wise Quotes from the World’s Greatest Minds
Below is a selection of 30 wise quotes, aphorisms and inspiring sayings from my forthcoming Free Ebook anthology, ‘Thoughts From the Conscious Universe’. Unlike many lists of this kind, all of the following words are from the world’s greatest minds, whether from recent times or days past. And they all have a little more depth […]
Are Genes Conscious? (A New Look at Evolution)
‘One of the most crazy-making yet widespread and potentially dangerous notions is ‘oh, that behaviour is genetic’… for most people out there it winds up meaning a deterministic view of Life, one rooted in biology and genetics – genes equal things that can’t be changed.’ – Dr. Robert Sapolsky One of the most persistent […]
Hypnosis and the Power of the Mind – A brief history
Someone is invited on to the stage, where they are asked to sit down on a chair which awaits. The host who has summoned them snaps their fingers at one point and, for comic effect, declares them unable to leave their seat. The audience roars with laughter as the unfortunate guinea pig cannot remove the […]
Where Do The Memories Live Inside Your Brain?
Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer. – Robert Epstein It seems to me immensely unlikely that mind is a mere by-product of matter. For if my mental processes are determined wholly by the motions of atoms in my brain I have no […]
Why Thoughts Aren’t in Your Head: What is Consciousness?
Even a detailed knowledge of the brain’s workings and the neural correlates of consciousness may fail to explain how or why human beings have self-aware minds. – David Chalmers B. F. Skinner actually put forward – and this is a measure of scientific desperation over consciousness – the idea that consciousness was a weird vibrational […]