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1076  Magic / Welcome to Magic! / Re: Witches? on: March 13, 2012, 05:02:45
Well, a witch is a number of different things, based on the tradition.

Some consider witches to be people who derive power from nature forces to aid them; a variant idea states that witches are in league with pagan earth-gods and goddesses, like Hecate and Inarna; others say they are people versed in spell-casting and charms. Still others say that they are people who have made a contract with the devil in exchange for various powers.

No one really agrees what a witch is exactly, or at least different traditions have their own opinions, so it would seem natural to me that there could be a lot of confusion.

And I don't mean to mock you, Beansta, I apologize- I tend to make light of pretty much everything.
1077  Astral Chat / Welcome to News and Media! / How Darth Vader charges his phone on: March 12, 2012, 21:50:57
Well, here is a device that charges your phone with... your breathing:

I am glad they have the energy crisis all figured out.

Now we can move on to the bigger issues!
1078  Magic / Welcome to Magic! / Re: Witches? on: March 12, 2012, 21:42:54
There are lots of ways he could have known... maybe cats liked him alot, or he had an urge to deliver presents to Italian kids!
1079  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Is it possible to affect the physical realm when astral projecting? on: March 12, 2012, 20:04:20
But the thing is, if you were able to pull it off, who would you tell, and how would you explain how you came by the knowledge?
1080  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: I am a superhero...and I have an idea. on: March 12, 2012, 10:28:34
Well... not impossible, but terribly improbable is all!

I am also one of those that suspects any number of wonderous things could be possible for a person who attains a certain level of clarity and a profound amount of discipline and control... I would also extend that to what can be done in the projection environment. That said, there are many here who have practiced projection for decades, and if they have attained the abilities you are talking about, they are not talking!

So Maybe if you were like... Yoda or something, lol, it might be possible, but if you got to that point, you might find yourself focused on different things entirely.

While I have heard instances of people having minor effects on the physical environment, the main value of projections for most is personal discovery, exploration, and growth- if these interest you, you are still well-served with pursuing projection!
1081  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: I am a superhero...and I have an idea. on: March 12, 2012, 09:52:31
Hi Overman, and welcome to the forums!

Those all sound like good intentions, but it isn't really like that...

For one, if it is possible to affect the phsyical at all, you can really only affect the subtlest of changes. It is not really possible, as far as anyone here I have interacted with would lead me to believe, that you could go around stopping crimes in real time- that is certainly beyond me. In reality, you can't really do all of those things as one person... it just isn't feasible, or at all realistic with regards to what projection actually is.

As a human society, it is just not possible for one person to solve every problem our culture has. It took lots of people to generate all those problems, and it can and should take many to solve them.

But don't be discouraged! You can still do many of the things you are setting out to do with projection! But it will take serious time and discipline, and you can't expect to do magic overnight. If you adjust you expectations slightly, you can still acheive great things!

1082  Astral Chat / Welcome to News and Media! / Re: Rayel declares war on: March 11, 2012, 22:12:33
It is disrespectful to vicitims of natural disasters to say that their suffering is the focused and chosen wrath of God- that not only did they lose their homes, but they deserved it as their just punishment. The creator of these videos should spend their time in better ways than looking for victims to condemn.

And God's chosen medium to speak to us... is his twitter acount?
1083  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Why do you want to Astral Project? on: March 11, 2012, 04:16:10
You get those abilities... by doing them, lol.

If you want to be a good songwriter, learn piano or guitar, and start learning chords and music theory, and take apart your farvorite songs to figure out why you like them. There is more to it than that, but not much more. Lots of people want musical skills, but the people who have them get them because they are disciplined enough to study what needs to be done!
1084  2012 and The Transition of the Ages / Welcome to 2012 and The Transition of the Ages / Re: The photon belt - One of my interests this month lol on: March 10, 2012, 21:15:30
My metaphysics teacher taught the class that we are already in the photon belt now but in dec we will become completely immersed in it and she also said that scientists don't know if we will survive but we will. If scientists were worried it would mean that the photon belt would have to be a fact. but its just a theory!   

When you say that scientists don't know that we will survive, or that they are worried, what specificly do you mean? Which scientists, for instance, and where can I read about their statements?

I don't mean to be argumentative, just wary- I have seen people try to justify things to others by saying that "scientists" are asserting them; very much deception can and does happen this way, because people have a reverence for the idea of science, and accept the purported word of "scientists", even when they cannot access it directly.

I would not want to see you or others lied to by people using this tactic, afterall!
1085  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Mind Expansion on: March 10, 2012, 18:27:33
What fascinated me was that the posture of 'straight' is the same as when you are laying down comfortably on your back; the most successful projection position. If you read the Tao De Ching, you will see Lao Tzu is pretty much raving about "The Way," the astral plane, the entire book. There is no doubt in my mind that this dude was projecting all the time.

Yeah, the funny is though, while Laozi is in love with the straight, if you read the Zhuangzi, which is the other major book of Daoism, he is mainly ranting about the virtues of the crooked! A crooked tree, he tells us, does not fear the carpenter's hand, and a crooked man doesn't need to fear the social slavery of others, he is free to do as he wills.

1086  Energy Body and The Chakras / Welcome to Energy Body and The Chakras / Re: What scientific evidence is there for Chakras? on: March 10, 2012, 07:25:43
My personal theory on chakras is that they are the major nerve ganglia. If you think it about it, it makes sense:

Root-Genital and Messentry nerves
Subnavel- adrenal nerve ganglia
Solar plexus- solar plexus (  wink  ) , a MAJOR nerve center in body
Heart- cardiac nerve ganglia
Throat- the very sophisticated vocal nerves around larynx and pharynx
Third Eye- Frontal lobes
Crown- rest of parietal, occiptal, temporal lobes region

I say this also because the feelings I have felt relating to them, which mesh faily well with their metaphysical descriptions, always seem like a nerve buzzing to me. I have no doubt at all that I am experienceing something when I contemplate chakras, the effects are very intense. The third-eye center in particular can give a very intense and terrible, searing pain that feels like someone is trying to drive a marble directly into my forehead. If you experienced it, you would not doubt that there is a sensation associated with it. Now as I say, I fancy that what I am feeling is a stimulation of concentrated nerve centers; perhaps there is also a metaphysical component, but there is really no way for me to study that aspect or prove/disprove it, since there is no way to gather reliable data.
1087  2012 and The Transition of the Ages / Welcome to 2012 and The Transition of the Ages / Re: The photon belt - One of my interests this month lol on: March 10, 2012, 06:54:26
Indeed, and why even worry about something we can't do anything to prevent, on the very slim offchance it were real?

It is like saying there is a 1.3% chance that the sun is going to explode in the next 100 years. It would be a chance, yes, but there is no way to prepare for it or against it, and we would not suffer any conseqences for not preparing, since the result would be the same. and in the overwhelmingly likely event it doesn't happen, very much effort was wasted.
1088  World Cultures, Traditions and Religions / Welcome to World Cultures, Traditions and Religions! / Re: Help Me on: March 10, 2012, 03:13:13
Well... your friends look out for you.

If there was such a thing as the devil (assuming the properties normally ascribed), would the devil be looking out for you? Would the devil be trustworthy?

You could certainly be a friend to the devil, but I don't know that the devil could be a friend to you!

... but then, it looks like someone may have managed:

I pulled in to Nazareth, was feeling 'bout half past dead
I just need some place where I can lay my head
"Hey mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?''
He just grinned and shook my hand, "No'' was all he said

Take a load off, Fanny
Take a load for free
Take a load off, Fanny
And you put the load right on me

I picked up my bag, I went looking for a place to hide
When I saw Carmen and the Devil walking side by side
I said "Hey Carmen, come on, let's go downtown''
She said "I gotta go but my friend can stick around''

Take a load off, Fanny
Take a load for free
Take a load off, Fanny
And you put the load right on me

Go down Miss Moses, there's nothing you can say
It's just old Luke, and Luke's waiting on the judgment day
"Well, Luke my friend, what about young Anna-Lee?''
He said "Do me a favour son, won't you stay and keep Anna-Lee company?''

Take a load off, Fanny
Take a load for free
Take a load off, Fanny
And you put the load right on me

Crazy Chester followed me and he caught me in the fog
He said "I will fix your rat if you'll take Jack my dog''
I said "Wait a minute Chester, you know I'm a peaceful man''
He said "That's okay boy, won't you feed him when you can?''

Take a load off, Fanny
Take a load for free
Take a load off, Fanny
And you put the load right on me

Catch a cannonball now to take me down the line
My bag is sinking low and I do believe it's time
To get back to Miss Fanny, you know she's the only one
Who sent me here with her regards for everyone

Take a load off, Fanny
Take a load for free
Take a load off, Fanny
And you put the load right on me
1089  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Mind Expansion on: March 10, 2012, 02:53:06
Well, like you said in the last part, it is about being comfortable, and for me, that usually means posture is not meaningless, but crucial  wink

If I don't align my back the right way, my bony butt tends to get high-pressure spots after an hour, and I am too uncomfortable.
1090  2012 and The Transition of the Ages / Welcome to 2012 and The Transition of the Ages / Re: The photon belt - One of my interests this month lol on: March 09, 2012, 20:09:10
Well, since I have first had contact with circles like ours (1998 or so) I have been hearing prophecies related to the photon belt, and when the earth would pass through it (2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2010, and now 2012).

None of the others have come to pass. It doesn't mean it isn't real, but it makes it awfully hard to believe in the stuff, you know?
1091  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Trying to lose weight on: March 09, 2012, 19:55:09
Not Going to lie... you guys just forced me to make garlic bread.

A significant amount of butter has transferred from the fridge to my stomach today!
1092  2012 and The Transition of the Ages / Welcome to 2012 and The Transition of the Ages / Re: Leap days? on: March 09, 2012, 06:42:42
In my opinion, there's change around the corner, but it has nothing to do with Mayans or Armageddon or huge meteors or aliens. :p

I tend to agree with this thought.

It is clear that powerful currents are brewing that will change the face of the planet: we have massive economic shifts of wealth and commodities, centering precariously around oil, set to dangerously shift the balance of force in the world again; phenomenonally unpredictable revolutions are also set to occur in the next 40 years in the fields of artificial intelligence and nanotechnology that will re-define the meaning of humanity, and will take any number of unforseen courses that could lead us into anything from world-war, to extinction, to unparalleled increases in human understanding and development; and all of this will happen on a backdrop of half the world readying for industrialization.

We don't need to resort to any "special" explanation to expect radical change in the not-so-distant future.
1093  Psychic and Paranormal / Welcome to Psychic and Paranormal! / Re: Which theory may explain the paranormal? on: March 09, 2012, 06:21:54

I don't think we need to question material laws, they have been confirmed as scientifically factual after extensive empirical tests and observations  for years. Material laws are not going to be broken and we are not going to ignore them just to account for some paranormal phenomena.

If PSI exists (And I do believe some it does) then there has to be a physical explanation otherwise it can not exist.

Hi forests, and welcome to the forums!

I think it might be good to point out that there may be some misunderstandings about how science works.

For one, nothing in science is above question- science doubts by nature, it must or it would never progress; to say that the physical laws were beyond question would be merely to institute a dogma, and that is one of the chief things science seeks to avoid.

Most scientific theories are arrived at by inductive reasoning- you take enough varied occurences and examples, and try to reason out a general rule or law that explains them all; this is a necessary tool for science to make postulations, but those who understand scientific method also understand that you can only prove things by deduction, where you go from general known laws or facts and reason out a necessary conclusion. The conclusions of induction, on the other hand, are not necessary, only aparent. We gather enough data, and we postulate what the data seems to imply; by the very nature of how these theories are created inductively, they are inherently questionable, and furthermore MUST constantly be questioned for science to develop. No amount of data or measurements is sufficient to prove a theory for good- theories may only be supported by data.

The other important thing to note, is that not only is it wise to question a law if there seems to be an exception, it is the ONLY thing to do! Physical laws, by defintion are immutable (or they would not be laws); if even one exception to a law is found, and is replicable, it is proof enough that the supposed law is actually not a law at all, and needs ammendment, or generalization of some kind. If it really were true that some real and clinically measurable mental phenonomena don't follow known physical laws, our views of these laws must be ammended, as we would then know them not to be laws in their current forms.
1094  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Astral Battle example on: March 09, 2012, 03:11:18
I would tend to think that those who find themselves in combat or attack situations in a projection might sometimes be answering their own inner-calling; if you expect something to happen during a projection, it usually will. If you come into it expecting that you must prepare for battle, and that you will be vulnerable your entire excursion, you will find yourself in combat situations far more readily. We tend to manifest what we think we are going to see out there!
1095  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Trying to lose weight on: March 09, 2012, 03:06:10
Consider eating more in the morning, and less in the afternoon and evening!

This helps to start your metabolism high in the start of the day, burning far more calories faster, and it prevents you from eating more during the time you would tend to store the calories you consume. You will have more energy during the day (which dieters have problems with) and lose weight with far less effort.

So many people I know who wanted to control their weight tried to stop eating breakfast as a tactic- this is about the worst choice you can make- it will negatively affect your day, and make your goal harder to reach.
1096  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Atral Police on: March 09, 2012, 02:58:08
Hi Chucky,

Welcome to the forums!

Is there something I can do for you?
1097  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Projection Experiences! / Re: @Astral-travelers: Why don't you help in locating criminals / terrorists? on: March 08, 2012, 17:55:02
Tell me one thing, are these terminologies right: When one astral projects then s/he has an out of body experience, known as OBE and if s/he then starts moving to other places then s/he's traveling => astral traveling.
I wonder why not the people listed in your link start winning the skeptics' challenges I've talked about.

Really Depends. Not all people who study or participate in this think of it in those terms.

Some people think that you are using a body made of subtle ethereal matter to travel to an astral realm.

Some people think that you are not going anyplace at all, but that you are traveling through a mental realm which you can access via your brain.

Some people think that the second one and first each happen, or happen in mixtures.

Some people think that it is only a physical phenomenon that is similar to a hallucination.
1098  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Welcome to our new Moderators! on: March 07, 2012, 23:36:37

Glad to maybe be useful, really wink
1099  Psychic and Paranormal / Welcome to Psychic and Paranormal! / Re: Ghost rape on: March 07, 2012, 20:59:25
lol... this is alot like your "Can you get pregnant from astral sex" topic...

I have a feeling that if it were possible, Virgin Mary would not be so lonely.
1100  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Mushrooms in test conditions on: March 07, 2012, 19:33:56
I watch the Science and the Nasa channel quite a bit and see that most of the world's greatest minds are employed by Nasa.

Hard to know who the greats are... maybe most of them choose not to be public at all wink

I am sure if it were possible to know from seeing their images on TV, there would be a lot less subtley involved in the defintion of "great minds".
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