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1001 Life Hack Tips To Change The World – It Starts With Changing Yourself

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Written By  Andrew Martin
From Collective Evolution

The latest report by Gerardo Ceballos from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Paul R. Ehrlich from Stanford University et al, which came out late last week, outlines how modern humans are now responsible for accelerated species loss. This heralds the era of thesixth mass extinction.” The report details the rate of extinction for species in the 20th century is up to 100 times higher than it would have been without man’s impact. The scientists who conducted the research have been careful to be conservative. The real rate may be many times higher.

The Guardian was one of the few mainstream media outlets to cover the story, stating that the scientists have been deliberately conservative – they’re well aware of the dangers of crying wolf on a topic of such importance, and where passions run so high. For a start, they limit themselves to the best-studied group of organisms, the vertebrates. Then, they take a high estimate of background extinctions to compare with, to make the modern figures as undramatic as possible. And then, they either consider only those animals known to be extinct (the “highly conservative” scenario), or they add in those extinctions in the wild that are likely to have happened, but are not yet verified.(1) The study mentions that humans will most probably be one of the first cabs off the rank in this extinction process, as we depend completely on the natural systems for our survival.

1001 Life Hack Tips To Get You Started!

saveyourselfWhen there is so much bad stuff going on around the planet (which humanity is primarily responsible for), it can become daunting to even consider coming up with solutions, leaving one feeling helpless and impotent. You have to stop and think for a moment, what am I doing to help save the planet and myself? Does this cause a bit of uncomfortable paralysis? Does the thought, “Well I am just one person on a planet of 7 billion people and I don’t think I can make an impact,” cross your mind?

I recently came across a brilliant little guide book for helping you to remember what you can do to make a difference. So I contacted the author, Judy Wong Dopperpuhl, who wrote “Save Yourself & Save The Planet – 1001 Green & Fun Life Hack Tips.” The reason this little book is so important is because as humans, we all get trapped and caught up in our own lives and can easily forget that certain things, when done collectively, can add up to real change. In my previous life I was heavily involved in performance coaching and getting the best out of teams. One thing I learnt from early on in my career was that you have to “Walk the Talk”… that is, you have to “practice what you preach.” A great way of doing this is by embedding the small things first.

Start Small Can Mean Big

Judy believes we can make a huge difference by doing lots of small things. It is kind of like the “Pay it Forward” movement philosophy. If we all start doing lots of little things, then momentum builds and shifts the overall consciousness and changes behaviours. Before you know it, everyone else is doing lots of really great things too, and then big change starts to happen. Judy believes we are living in a magical time of immense opportunities and a breathtaking consciousness shift in humanity. Yes, right now. People all over this beautiful planet are waking up to taking their power back and reconnecting more than ever by hacking technology. Judy has racked her brain and numerous other resources to put together 1001 things you can do to get started to make change… these are just a few ideas she offers.

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1. Adopt a vegan lifestyle. Big animal agriculture is not a sustainable resource and devastates our planet. Focus on a whole food, organic, plant based diet and give up all processed food and drink. Think local and support organic farmers and stop supporting companies with heavy carbon footprints that continue to rape our planet.

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2. Invest in sturdy re-usable shopping bags and produce bags. Carry them with you in your car and backpack at all times. Shop in the bulk section when possible. Just say no to all paper or plastic.

3. Always carry your own stainless steel water bottle and coffee/tea mug, even when you travel. Consider purchasing a portable re-usable water filtration system. Stop purchasing bottled water and drinks.

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4. Make having a chemical free home your new green mantra. You can inexpensively and simply clean your home with white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, salt, baking soda, and citrus juice. For non-toxic DIY laundry detergent there are numerous sites giving guidance and recipes online.

 Health Care

5. DIY beauty care is easier, simpler, and better for you and the planet. Many beauty products are produced unsustainably, not to mention tested on animals and very harmful to you.  There are plenty of websites that can give you tips and recipes for making your own lotions and potions that will save you boatloads of money and keep you much healthier and more vibrant. Take a step back and analyze what is in your medicine cabinet and beauty care regime. Why not make your own non-toxic toothpaste with just baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and peppermint oil? Instead of toxic shampoos and conditioners, why not use baking soda and white vinegar? And to re-hydrate your skin, why not use coconut oil? Did you know you can even use coconut oil as a sexual lubricant?

Minimize Your Life

6. Less is the new black. Unplug from the matrix and break it down into realizing you are no longer a consuming machine. Stop giving into living beyond your means and let your true self emerge from this downward spiral of materialism. Be unique and create our own branding, image, and iconoclastic aura of confidence. Be bold in embracing the repair; fix; embrace a hip upcycle manifesto. Remember it is time to be a conscious consumer.

Reduce and Reuse

7. Treat all resources like gold. There is no such thing as “throwing something away.” Make it a goal to produce less waste. Re-use packaging for gift wrapping; save glass jars and bottles for food storage and gifts; compost; get creative and think outside the box.

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8. Start your own vegetable garden and learn about how permaculture can save our planet. Maximize your growing space and don’t use pesticides. Create a food forest haven for you, your family and community, and help attract bees, birds, and beneficial insects. Learn how to propagate plants, and plant lots and lots of native trees, shrubs and perennials.

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9. Opt for public transportation or ride your bike. Consider getting rid of your car.

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10. Live your dreams. Remember, true peace starts with you. Remember you don’t need a lot of stuff to make you feel happy. Happiness comes from within, community and living without compromise.

 

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3 Areas Of Life Where You Must First Disconnect To Actually Connect

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Written By Kelly Weatherwax
From Elite Daily

The art of communication can be traced back to when living beings were first put on the earth; it allows us to develop and grow properly.

It is how we interact with one other, how we express ourselves and how we put ourselves out there into the world.

It is important to remember that even though not everyone hears you, someone will always hear you.

There are various levels of communication and, thanks to technology, a number of platforms to communicate on.

You can share your thoughts, opinions, feelings or just basic knowledge to the world with a few clicks of the mouse.

But, this begs the question: Is technology stunting our interpersonal communication skills and rather just helping us to communicate with the Internet?

Let’s examine this question in the scope of the following areas of our lives:

1. Relationships

In the past, we would meet new people or indicate interest in someone simply by introducing ourselves or “asking them out.” Yes, that was once a thing.

That has changed; now, the initial interaction of meeting someone transpires on an app with a few pictures and pick-up lines.

We no longer get the deep connections we crave because we are interacting with screens rather than people.

We see the “…” more than we see someone’s facial and body reaction to our stories, questions and answers.

Everyone is naming these dating cultures and trends that technology has caused, but no one is doing anything about it.

We are pointing out our culture’s flaws, but not putting down our phones or even enjoying nice meals without them.

We should know it is okay to interact in person — better yet, it’s preferable.

Our phones and technology separate us from reality to the extent that we often miss the cravings of human interaction and good conversation our brains insist upon to stay sane.

The next time you’re on a date or getting to know someone, stop scrolling through your newsfeed and notice him or her: his or her body language, reactions and other little quirks you miss by putting a screen in-between one another.

Because when you pay attention to the little things, they become the big things and will make your connections deeper.


2. Professionalism

It is no secret that technology has changed the professional culture and helped push forward the more casual, laid-back industry trend that is sweeping offices of large companies and start-ups like wildfire.

You no longer need to wear a suit to work at most companies, and beer and wine are readily available for employees in the lounge rooms that also include arcade games.

The culture of the common workplace has evolved, so has how we communicate in the workplace. Bosses these days want to be “cool,” “laid back” and thought of as pioneers of Generation-Y and its culture.

This leads communication in the workplace to take on a more casual tone as well, where we add colleagues on social media and communicate through instant messaging systems.

It is easy in these situations to forget that you are being watched and tracked, especially on work networks. What you communicate in these instances can alter your career path negatively if you are not careful about what you say.

A large issue with adding colleagues or professional connections on social media is how we communicate grammatically; it’s as if people log onto Facebook and immediately forget everything they learned in school.

Not only is the grammar sub-par, but what we post and like on social media plays into it as well. I have witnessed individuals being fired or warned by management for what they post online.

We are communicating with the world through social media and forgetting that when we communicate with the world, we lose all basic privacy. There is no limit, no matter the privacy settings you set, to who will see it.

The pictures, opinions and feelings you post online is you communicating to the world how you want to be portrayed.

It is important to remember how you portray yourself is very important if you are a member of the professional world or hope to be one day. Post wisely.


3. Family

Have you looked around the restaurant when you were out to dinner recently? Probably not because most people are glued to a screen.

Parents out to dinner will keep their toddlers and young children entertained with iPads while they text or play games on their phones until the food arrives.

It is a little sad to be honest. Dinner used to be a time when families could reconnect and talk about their days and now, that connection is being replaced by popping bubbles on an app.

When I was growing up, my family was always together — and I am not just referring to immediate family. We would set beach dates, cookouts, family reunions or just a nice weekend visits, religiously.

My family was always getting together because the only way to know what was going on in each other’s lives was to either pick up the phone and dial or get together; one usually led to the other.

Not only was my family physically communicating at every possible chance, but we would also write letters and send pictures to our relatives we couldn’t see as often.

Today we have lost that connection and communication with our families because we see everything and communicate more readily through social media.

You may be asking yourself what my point is because you’d think social media would make it easier for us to communicate, thus we would be closer. I beg to differ.

When our lives are displayed on Facebook for everyone to see, they may scroll, comment or like, but is that leading to a conversation?

Is that going deeper than a nice, “Oh you’ve grown up so nicely, congrats!” I don’t believe it is.

We feel as though we know everything that is happening in everyone’s lives from their posts to the extent that we forget to ask about the details.

Therefore, we lose that deeper connection that was once just so easily made.

There are so many areas in our lives where technology has transformed what is now normal, but that does not necessarily mean we need to let that take away our basic communication and the way we are able to form and nurture relationships.

I sometimes find myself so involved in my phone and what is happening in other people’s lives that I find myself ignoring the people in the same room as me and instead, selectively listening to them.

Being in the present moment and deepening our connections it is important. Remember, to connect, we sometimes need to disconnect.

 

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Earthing – The Secret Energy Beneath Our Feet – Part 2

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Written By Drew Canole

This is a continuation from the previous article on earthing! If you didn’t get a chance to read that one and you’re not familiar with earthing, please see it here.

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“The moment your foot touches the Earth, or you connect to the Earth through a wire, your physiology changes; an immediate normalization begins. And an anti-inflammatory switch is turned on. People stay inflamed because they never connect with the Earth, the source of free electrons, which can neutralize the free radicals in the body that cause disease and cellular destruction.” – James Oschman   

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Clinton Ober was an entrepreneur in the cable industry in Colorado. In 1972 he started his own business specializing in developing, marketing and installing cable television systems that eventually became one of the largest of its kind in the country.  

In 1993 he developed a serious abscess in his liver from a root canal procedure. He had a major portion of the liver removed and was in recovery for several months. One day during the long healing process, he had a realization that changed his life; He was living in a way where most of his energy was spent taking care of his ‘stuff.’ He decided to free himself from his possessions and pursue something more meaningful.

This journey is what eventually lead him to his discoveries about the earth and its connection to the human body.

Along with struggles from the abscess in his liver, Clinton also had back pain from previous surgeries, which led to needing pain and sleep medication daily. It was because of these problems that he took particular interest in health.

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Being in the television industry, Clinton understood how important it was for cable systems to be grounded.’ Lots of electronic devices need to be connected with the earth in order to work effectively and safely.

Grounding is connecting a device’s electrical flow to the earth. It protects the system from static electricity and interference from other frequencies and also prevents user contact if something has particularly dangerous voltage.

Grounding can be accomplished by plugging something into a three-pronged outlet. The big half-circle spot on most of your outlets is connected to the ground. It can also be done by simply connecting a device to a conductive rod driven into the earth.

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One day, Clinton was watching the people walking around him and he thought about how in the industrialized world, most people have little or no connection with the ground. We live in insulated non-conductive housing. We drive cars everywhere. We wear synthetic soled shoes the moment we step outside. Electricity doesn’t conduct through rubber, wood, asphalt, or plastic and thus has the ability to separate us from the natural energy of the earth. Clinton started to wonder:

Could this disconnection be affecting our health?

Soon after this thought, he took a voltage meter and connected a wire to it, the other end he attached to a rod in the ground. He was then able to measure the electrical charges being created on his body as he was insulated from the ground in his home. He could measure the differences in static electricity with every step he took. When he would step towards any electrical device (lamps, TV, etc.) the voltage would go up.

Except when in front of his refrigerator and computer tower, which were both grounded.

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His bedroom was where the highest electrical voltage was created on his body. Where he slept was next to a wall full of hidden wires. He began wondering what type of effects this had on his sleep.

Curiosity peaked, he began constructing a ‘grounding pad.’ Using metallized duct tape, an alligator clip and wire strung out through the window to a ground rod, he made a grid to lay on while he slept. When he laid on this grid, the volt meter showed nearly zero. It was equivalent to laying out on the ground. The earth’s energy was free to flow through his body. He was brought to the same electric potential as the earth.

He lay there pondering the implications and the next thing he knew it was morning, and the volt meter was laying on his chest. It was the first night he’d slept without medicine in a long time.

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Clinton found that earthing had tremendous influence on his health and well being! Not only did he begin sleeping better and waking up more rested, but he was able to go off pain medication as his chronic pain had reduced significantly. He began making grounding pads for his close friends. Surprisingly the same friends began coming back to him reporting less arthritic pain and better sleep.

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Clinton wasn’t a biologist. His discoveries were hardly given an ear in the professional world for a long time. But eventually he was able to connect with Dr. Ghaly, a retired anesthesiologist who was interested in electric field research. He agreed to organize a pilot study where he would measure the circadian secretion of cortisol (the hormone released in response to stress) of people before and after they slept grounded. His main motivation was to prove Clinton wrong.

Though the study was small, the results were impressive. Out of 12 participants,all but 1 developed more natural cortisol rhythms.

Many of the patients:

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  • Fell asleep faster
  • Woke fewer times in the night
  • Felt less fatigued upon waking
  • Felt reductions in their emotional stress
  • Had improvements of gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Experienced PMS symptom improvement
  • Experienced less pain

More studies followed! Some that I found particularly interesting were ones monitored using Thermography. These photos are FASCINATING and I was lucky enough to find them online so that I could share them with you now! This is scientific EVIDENCE of how grounding affects us physiologically.


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Photo 1. Through infrared imaging we can see inflammation in the legs. Red=inflammation. These pictures were taken 30 minutes apart, before and after grounding. They show a rapid resolution of inflammation as a result of connecting to the earth.

earthing10Photo 2. These are pictures of the back of an 85-year old man who had intense lower back and shoulder pain. The second picture was taken after 2 nights of sleeping grounded. After four weeks the patient reported TOTAL RESOLUTION of back and shoulder pain and only some stiffness,

earthing11Photo 3. These are the feet of a 52 year old woman before and after 30 minutes of grounding. The right foot and ankle had pretty significant inflammation, while the left foot is barely seen because of poor circulation. Look how grounding helped both!

It doesn’t end there. I’ve been reading story after story of people who have started turning around their health by taking off their shoes and reconnecting with our beautiful planet.

So what does this mean for you?

Kick off your shoes! This actually works. Go try this out for yourself and let me know what you find. When I started to think about it, I realized how little my feet actually touch the ground.  I try to get outside every day and spend at least 30 minutes in contact with the ground. Figure out what works for you. If you’re interested in grounding products, or want to make your own, please see the links below.

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References

Earthing- The most important health discovery ever? Authors Ober, Sinatra and Zucker.

Dr Ghaly’s study on earthing and cortisol: Ghaly M and Teplitz D “The biologic effects of grounding the human body during sleep as measured by cortisol levels and subjective reporting of sleep, pain, and stress.” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2004

Thermography Earthing studies done by William Amalu, D.C. president of the International Academy of Clinical Thermography.

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Drew Canole is a Nutrition Specialist, Transformation Specialist and national spokesperson for the benefits of juicing vegetables for health and vitality. He is the founder of Fitlife.TV where he shares “Educational, Inspirational and Entertaining” videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. Drew Canole’s transformation movement has grown to over 630,000 people, including Celebrities, CEOs, Entrepreneurs, and Development Gurus. He believes first and foremost that a person’s health comes from within and through his Whydentity process, Drew is able to create healthy and lasting change, both physically and mentally.


 

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How This Generation’s Obsession With Selfies Correlates With Mental Disorders

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Written By Jessica Schirripa
From Elite Daily

From young ages, our brains are trained to build confidence as we embrace the beauty in our flaws and our individuality. However, in recent years, Whitney Houston’s signature message seems to have gotten lost in translation.

Two ongoing media trends are getting linked together as contributors to one another’s affluent presence among this generation’s culture: selfies and mental disorders.

It may sound extreme, but expert psychologists are sharing their studies with the public and the results are concerning.

Narcissism, OCD, superficial obsessions, unrealistic expectations, entitlement, insecurity and other underlying traits can be magnified through selfies and can lead to destructive behaviors.

Clinical psychologist Bart Rossi said,

Today too many people are interested in making a statement about themselves on the internet and creating an influential existence. Selfies, when used to excess show a lack of depth and a shallow personality.

If someone is obsessed with taking selfies it is most likely because the individual is self-absorbed and narcissistic.

As people share their photos on every social media platform at their own disposal, we assess more about them than they may realize they are disclosing.

When a female expresses herself in a half-naked selfie with an obscure musical lyric underneath, what is she saying about herself? It is a clear attempt and reach for reassurance of her appearance and attention and offers a complete lack of substance.

To some individuals, this is simply an obvious confirmation of deeper-rooted issues than she ever meant to expose.

Men pose in front of bathroom mirrors, claiming to show off their transformational fitness and health results, but in actuality, they aim to feed their own egos as they boast about personal accomplishments.

Individuals gratify this type of behavior and obtain happiness based on the number of “likes” they receive.

The evidence is clear, as our nation is self-obsessed in every essence of the word. The trend has become so prominent in our society that “selfie” was added to the dictionary and even led to a hit song, which parodied our own self-obsession. However, we did not let that stop us.

Our generation’s “selfie obsession” has turned into an entire industry.

From Ellen’s Oscar selfie to the highly-criticized selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service from the US president, it is clear that selfies have become the biggest and longest-lasting trend of our generation.

Selfies are not just affecting our media sources, but they are also influencing seemingly average individuals to make extreme alterations for the sake of their selfie-images.

Selfies are accessible to us on every social media platform, as individuals flood the virtual world with their photos. The most credible way to promote your relevance rests in the number of “likes” on your selfie.

There are apps to enhance these images — to smooth out skin, erase dark eye circles, whiten teeth and even thin out facial structure and features — all on a quest for the perfect picture. However, as we know, these apps are not real, nor do they equal permanent changes.

The results do not reflect accurate images, which leads to severe dissatisfaction with how we actually look and who we actually are.

Dr. Philip Miller is widely acclaimed as one of New York City’s premier cosmetic, facial and specialty rhinoplasty surgeons, and has experienced a radical boom in business due to this intense distortion of one’s physical image and one’s self-esteem.

Dr. Miller has experienced a 10 percent increase in rhinoplasty surgery consultations based on a person’s desire to achieve the ideal nose for a selfie. Although this seems drastic, the “selfie industry” is single-handedly boosting the plastic surgery industry.

Dr. Phillip Miller is at the forefront of this evolution and hopes to address and discuss the potential effects and future outcomes.

The physical ideals are only branding themselves in a stronger, more unrealistic capacity, as selfies are causing increasing cases of body dysmorphic disorder among young women and men.

Filters, lighting and angles provide the outcome of flawless features that simply cannot be recreated or accurate in real life.

Plastic surgery has skyrocketed in a quest for the “perfect pic,” and individuals have learned all of the tricks, down to a scientific formula, to create the ultimate God-like image of themselves.

With all the negative feedback, Dr. Bart Rossi attempts to justify a different perspective of selfies. He says,

Selfies can be used to have some fun and actually show some good traits of individuals exploring life, happiness, and adventure.

Two things can happen here: a false sense of over-confidence and entitlement or a false sense of self-consciousness, accompanied by bigger issues that will affect multiple areas of a person’s life.

Either way, selfies are being classified as doing more negative than positive, referencing back to sociology’s behavior context of “I vs. Me vs. Self,” and what is real.

So much information broadcasting the correlation between selfies and potential mental disorders has surfaced in recent months. However, people are unfazed and continue to post their indulgent selfies as often as the enablers, who fill the void and double tap the photos.

The addiction to selfies has been alarming to psychological healthcare professionals who fear we are raising a generation that relies on attention-seeking social dependence with no compassion, understanding or identity of any kind.

 

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Are We Attracted to People Who Look Like Us?

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Written By Berit Brogaard D.M.Sci., Ph.D.
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According to researchers reporting in the July 28, 2010 issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, we are attracted to people who resemble our parents or ourselves. In one study subjects were shown pictures of strangers which were preceded by a short glimpse of either their opposite-sex parent or a stranger. Subjects exposed to a short glimpse of their parent before being exposed to the target picture were more likely to assign higher ratings of attractiveness to the person in the target picture.

In a second study, a picture of the stranger was morphed together with a picture of themselves or a picture of another stranger. When subjects were asked to rate the portrayed people for attractiveness, they usually picked the people who were an amalgamation of a stranger and themselves.

The findings in these studies go against the common saying that opposites attract. As it turns out, we are much more likely to fall for someone who looks like us or our opposite-sex parent.

This may indicate that incest taboos are social constructs instituted to prevent people from following their instincts. However, there are other explanations of why we are attracted to people who look like us.

Researchers at the deCODE Genetics company in Reykjavik reporting in a 2008 issue of Science found that marriages between third or fourth cousins in Iceland tended to produce more children and grandchildren than those between completely unrelated individuals. The researchers suggest marrying third and fourth cousins is so optimal for reproduction because this degree of genetic similarity yields the best gene pool. Sibling and first-cousin couples could have inbreeding problems, whereas couples far-removed from each other could have genetic incompatibilities. Third and fourth-cousin couples are genetically compatible while having no serious inbreeding problems.

At first glance, these findings may seem to go against the so-called Westermarck effect. In a series of studies Edvard Westermarck, a Finnish Anthropologist, found that people who grow up together are disposed not to fall in love with each other after they reach sexual maturity.

The Westermarck effect, however, is completely consistent with the findings cited above. Living in close proximity is no doubt the decisive factor for desensitization in terms of sexual attraction, not degree of resemblance.

In fact, the Westermarck effect has been confirmed in the Israeli kibbutz system where people who grow up together often are not directly related to each other.

Sim Pua marriages in Taiwan also confirm Westermarck’s theory. “Sim pua” means “little daughter in-law”. A female infant is given to a family to be reared as a daughter by the family. When she grows up, she is to marry a son in the family. Sim Pua marriages have a low fertility rate, a high divorce rate, frequent adultery and lack of sexual attraction. In some cases, the son or daughter-in-law refuses to marry their destined spouse.

 

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Why You Should Question Everything

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Written By Mike Sygula
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Throughout our history, on every level in any area of life there always has been some kind of manipulation aiming at achieving self-centered goals and often corrupting official systems. This behavior reflects the selfishness of human nature. It affects everyone without exception in every way. This is why we should always question everything we are told.

In this article I will point out a few examples of this tendency.

Media

I remember that during 2010 I used to watch BBC news every day for the whole summer, meanwhile I would read the news online, often from alternative news sites. I started noticing how frequently vital global issues were ignored by the BBC. One of those stories was about Russian wildfires. 2010 was the hottest summer in Russia ever recorded, it got so bad that they stopped exporting grain as millions of hectares were destroyed.  Diplomatic staff were evacuated from several foreign embassies in Moscow including Canada and Poland’s. What was funny is that the BBC did not report this very much, I think they only mentioned the droughts and wildfires once during the whole period of this crisis. Why was such an important issue like this not widely covered?

I had never really thought about this back then. Does the mainstream media have any hidden agenda when they publish their news? How impartial and objective is their reporting? Why are some very important issues ignored while other trivial topics are on the main cover?

The truth is that the media is a powerful weapon and has been used many times as an instrument of propaganda but the problem is that most people do not realise this. One notable example is the story of Amber Lyon, a former CNN journalist, whose documentary on Bahrain has been censored by CNN. In this video she gives her account of what happened:

Governments

The media is just one of many areas of life which we should be sceptical about. It is also very important to question the official process of politics and government. In many countries, especially those leading the economic league, the main goal is to govern, dominate and manipulate the public, often by any means necessary.

For example, anyone who has invested any time into investigating the 9/11 attacks knows and understands that it was an event orchestrated by the American government. A typical argument from the uninformed will often be something like this: “Our own government would never kill our own people”. In fact, governments kill their citizens all the time,  sending troops to war (often fought over resources) is a case in point. But for those non-believers who still can’t comprehend that their own governments can do horrifying things to their own people, I suggest they watch these two short videos:

In both cases, citizens were used as guinea pigs, without any conscience or concern about human health whatsoever. The same applies to government organisations, no matter if this is the FDA, NASA or NSA, there is always a subterranean agenda hidden from the public . Just recently we have learned from Edward Snowden, that the NSA, which is supposed to protect and serve its citizens, is actually spying on them. Think about how many similar cases which might be happening all the time. Most of these will never be discovered as the system is intelligently designed to keep them secret.

UFO cover-up

In 1947, the United States Air Force issued a press release that a “flying disk” had been recovered near Roswell, New Mexico. This press release was quickly withdrawn and officials subsequently claimed that it was a weather balloon. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to recognise the difference between a weather balloon and a flying disk. There is a tremendous amount of evidence supporting the claim that we have been visited by extraterrestrials, people who have devoted themselves to researching this topic understand that. This ranges from historical records to countless videos and statements issued by leading authorities, including former astronauts and top officials. Isn’t it obvious that if, say, a UFO crashed somewhere in the US (or any other country), the government would prefer to keep this secret in order to examine the technology and prevent panic? You wouldn’t want other nations to steal the technology, that goes without saying. We shouldn’t forget that admitting the existence of aliens could have profound implications for religious establishments.

In 1938 on October 30th an estimated 6 million Americans listened to the “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, which described an invasion from Mars. It created panic and around 1.7 million people took it seriously. It caused suicidal fear and chaos. Residents in the small village of Grovers Mill, New Jersey shot holes in their city water tower, thinking that it was a Martian ship. Some sources claim that the whole event was an experiment to assess the reaction of the public to unexpected emergencies and this was later published in the book: “The Invasion from Mars: A study in the psychology of panic”.

I believe that very few people challenge the conventional wisdom, we are being brainwashed and live in a hypnotic trance. We binge on mindless entertainment and are bombarded by pointless trivia which distracts us from seeing the big picture.

In many cases, if the US government is intervening in some conflicts, their motives are far from philanthropic. There is always an agenda and if there is no interest then there is no engagement. The news that the public is allowed to hear is one thing, the real reasons are another.

Obviously, concealing the presence of extraterrestrials brings more benefits than informing society , that is why it would be better to keep the public blissfully ignorant . And we should never forget that every government, corporation or public institution is run by human beings. People in power will often be corruptible, seeking to retain their influence and enjoy the benefits this brings. They will want to hold onto this even if this means that others will suffer. We have seen that throughout history, over and over again.

 

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This Video Exposes The Corrupt World We’re Living In. But We Can Change It!

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At this moment you can be anywhere, doing anything. Instead you sit alone before a screen.  So what is stopping us from doing what we want, being where we wanna be?

Each day we wake up in the same room, following the same path to live the same day as yesterday. Yet at one time, each day was a new adventure. Along the way something changed.  Before, our days were timeless, now our days are scheduled. Is this what it means to be grownup, to be free, but are we really free?  Food, water and land, the very elements we need to survive are owned by corporations.

If you try to take what earth provides you’ll be locked away, so we obey their rules.

We discovered the world through a text book, raised not to make a difference in this world, raised to be no different.  Smart enough to do our job, but not to question why we do it.  So we work and work left with no time to live the life we worked for.

If you live in America there is a 41% chance you will get cancer. Heart Disease will kill one out of 3 Americans.

We’re told that everything could be solved by throwing money at scientists so that they can discover a pill that makes our problems go away. But the drug companies and cancer societies rely on our suffering to make a profit. We think we running for a cure but really we running away from the cause. Our body is a product of what we consume and the food we eat is designed purely for profit. We fill ourselves with toxic chemicals, the bodies of animals infested with drugs and diseases.

But we don’t see this. The small group of corporations that own the media don’t’ want us to. Surrounding us with a fantasy we’re told is reality.

It is not too late, we can change it.

 

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The Internet – One of The Biggest Drugs of Our Time

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Written By Caroline Diana Bobart
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It can seem as if you are in a twilight zone of sorts…a reality that is SO real but in fact is very separate from life in the physical world of people, human interaction and connection, shops with real-life shop windows, gourmet food, exercise, nature, human behaviour, deep soul-level emotions birthday parties, beaches and daily routines that anchor you in your specific corner of the world.

It is called the internet.

As a sole (and soul) entrepreneur who works almost exclusively online with my clients and students all over the world, it seems an important part of my own process to document my personal experiences and observations of my own relationship to the internet. In my work as a professional intuitive I speak and refer to ‘spiritual contracts’ a lot with my clients in helping them to gain a better understand of their key relationships. I have been realising that I’ve been going through a re-negotiation of the terms of my own contract with the collective consciousness and energy that is the internet and, as with any other contract, once it has been drawn up and signed I can then refer back to it in the future as need be!

I have included here some of the really important reasons why this re-negotiation of my contract with the internet is so necessary right now. I want to share them because I am sure they are relevant to some of you readers as well. My reason for wanting to share them is not because they are revelatory per say, but the curious thing is that your perspective, relationship to yourself, your body, the planet and the world becomes altered by the very fact that you are energetically ‘plugged in’ to the internet. And if you are like many of us today, that means 24 hours a day – via your smart phone, tablet, work computer and laptop or desktop at home – we won’t add in here the smart watches that some companies have recently released!

Note: This article is by no means meant to denounce the internet. As with most things, there are both light and dark sides to it. It aims to bring the readers attention to the pitfalls that exist around unmanaged internet usage and connectedness as a means of helping establish clearer, healthier boundaries with it. It is also meant to serve as an important reminder of the place of the internet in the context of consciously creating a well balanced life.

From my own personal experience and observations of friends, family members and colleagues over the years, here is what I have come to know beyond a shadow of a doubt and I suspect is true for millions of people all over the world;

1. The internet takes you OUT of your body and ability to create in the world

Excessive internet usage affects your self-affinity and level of connectedness with yourself on all levels – spiritual, mental, emotional and physical, it affects your ability to be a conscious creator in life’s creative flow. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if you are out of alignment with your true self, wisdom and needs and disconnected from your ‘tribe’, the people in real life who are like-minded and on the same page as you, creating new types of experiences that really speak to your soul and ever-greater levels of abundance, health and abundance in the physical world is going to be a challenge.

The energetic realm you enter when you set sail on the internet is one in which time stands still. Your mind literally enters a state of suspended animation and this translates into every aspect of your relationship with yourself, your body, others and the world. In other words, you enter a ‘holding space’ where it might seem like you are using your time productively but herein lies the trap…it is very difficult to translate information and the non-human vibrations of the cyber world into meaningful change in your outer life if you are not fully present to yourself and your external life.

2. It robs you of time

It eats away at vast chunks of time that often don’t benefit your well-being, financial prospects or emotional state. I am not referring to here focused research for a definite end result for which the internet is a powerful tool. I am talking here about merely passing the time, checking things out randomly without a focus or plan, nosing around to see what others are doing on Facebook etc. I have literally seen people spend hours on the internet, emerge from it with a hazy look on their face, take care of something that needed their attention on the physical, go through the motions of the task but sadly weren’t present – neither to themselves or the task at hand.

The truly worrying thing about this type of internet usage is that because the person is not aware of themselves in the situation – very much like use of a drug – it happens almost automatically that they re-create this pattern, day after day. It is so easy to move through your days in this energy and its corresponding head-space without being aware of what you are really achieving or the vast quantities of time that are passing you by.

3. It erodes the quality, vibrancy and intimacy of relationships with partners, friends, family and your wider community.

Email and instant messaging are invaluable tools that connect us through space and time. There comes however a point at which over-reliance on electronic means of communication begins to undermine your connectedness and communication in real life. As a human being, there is simply no replacement for face to face interaction and human connection in your life. So much of the way in which you learn about yourself is through your real-life relationships…think of it…the sense of enjoyment and validation you get by spending time at a dinner party, playing a team sport, learning and collaborating with others in a classroom or at work exists because you are sharing yourself and BEING SEEN. The fact is that life can get unhappy, lonely and frustrating very quickly if you feel you aren’t really being seen, understood heard or held. Anything that proclaims to offer you that over the internet without human interaction ought to send up a red flag.

4. It takes you out of nature and the physical 3D world

Your connection to nature is so closely linked to your physical health, energetic, mental and emotional well-being. As part of nature yourself, your relationship with it encourages the flow of earth and cosmic frequencies of energy through your body. This affects your vibrance, vitality, mental faculties, motivation and energy levels in every area of your life. When you are plugged into the distinctive consciousness and energy of the internet and far away in cyberspace, you are not actually resident in your physical body. You are connected to it be means of an energetic cord, but for all intents and purposes you ‘are not home’. If you are not home to your body, neither are you present to your surroundings. You could find yourself in the most beautiful location and not notice it at all. There is no opportunity for the vibration of your physical body to re-align with the health-promoting benefits of powerful and wise mother earth.

5. It undermines your primary relationship – your self-affinity and self-love

Let’s face it…your relationship with yourself is your primary relationship. If it doesn’t work, it won’t be long until the cracks in your life begin to show. The interesting thing about the internet is that people often unwittingly use it to fill a void. The need to feel that you matter, and are connected and loved are instincts that drive each of us as human beings. The problem arises when you seek these things out over the internet where the notions of personal identity and emotion become very bendable. Interactions that promise to fill these voids and which emerge solely from the internet might appear and seem real but the very bendable nature of communication that emerges from cyberspace ensures that they do not speak – cannot in fact – speak to the REAL you.

For all the reasons mentioned above, you need human connection in order for the authentic you to be really seen. This is a basic human need for survival and one which we must be very clear, automated or electronic communication that has journeyed its way through fibre optic cables cannot provide on its own.

Unless you can switch the plugs around – unplug from the internet and plug into the storehouse of inbuilt wisdom and information within you first, you will continually be missing a crucial piece of the puzzle. Your ability to truly be present, appreciate, love and validate all of who you are in a real-life physical sense informs absolutely everything else in your life…the quality of your relationships, your quality of life, your health and well-being and your ability to set and achieve your goals in accordance with your own personal truth.

The internet has its place in helping you to achieve and sustain all of the above, but you must be aware of inadvertently allowing it to become your Source.

 

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How Your Phone Is Messing With The Quality Of Your Sleep

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Written By Emi Boscamp 
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Whether you’re texting sweet nothings to your significant other or compulsively refreshing your Instagram feed before bed, chances are you usually fall asleep with your glowing phone right next to your face.

You probably already heard that it’s not good for you — but you had no idea why. Well, now we know why: It disrupts our circadian rhythms, the light-triggered releases of hormones that enable restful sleep.

New findings published in the British journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B show us that the fact that we aren’t adequately exposed to natural light during the day and then overexposed to artificial light at night can actually mess up our circadian rhythm.

And circadian disruption has in turn been linked to a host of health problems, such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, and depression.

“It’s become clear that typical lighting is affecting our physiology,” said lead author Richard Stevens, in a news release. “But lighting can be improved. We’re learning that better lighting can reduce these physiological effects. By that we mean dimmer and longer wavelengths in the evening, and avoiding the bright blue of e-readers, tablets and smart phones.”

Their analysis found that the devices we’ve grown so accustomed to emit enough blue light to actually disrupt our body’s natural clock when used in the evening.

“We don’t know for certain, but there’s growing evidence that the long-term implications of this have ties to breast cancer, obesity, diabetes, and depression, and possibly other cancers,” said Stevens, though, as always, it’s important to remember that correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation.

But according to Stevens, most people live in a sort of “circadian fog.” So while the extent to which health risk can be attributed to artificial light is still unclear, it’s probably a good idea to break out of that fog while more research is being done.

If you have a choice between an e-reader and a book, at night, choose the book. And maybe get in the habit of texting goodnight to your boo well before you get into bed.

 

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