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In Iceland, There Is a Beautiful Tradition to Gift Books to Each Other on Christmas Eve

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: Food for thought, Weird & Unbelievable Facts|Tags: , , , |

There is an amazing Icelandic tradition to gift books on Christmas Eve. There seems to be nothing more festive than reading a book in front of a warm fire with a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa, but Icelanders have taken this cozy image to a new level. In Iceland, there is a lovely [...]

The Longest Night of the Year and Its Spiritual Meaning: How to Embrace the Power of Winter Solstice

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: Food for thought, History & Archaeology, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The longest night of the year is traditionally a time of spiritual significance when we can reflect, restore and find spiritual guidance for our lives. At the Winter Solstice, the sun is at its lowest point in the sky. On this, the longest night of the year, dormancy, darkness and cold reign. However, as the [...]

Why Depressive Disorder Is a Real Epidemic in Modern Society and Non-Existent in Indigenous Cultures

By | December 4th, 2016|Categories: Psychology & Health, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Do you suffer from depressive disorder? Well, let’s hope you’re one of the small percent that does not. If you do suffer from depressive disorder, however, I’m sure you’re on a mission to overcome this illness in any way you can. Of course, you are, and I am too, for I suffer from it as [...]

What Is a Heyoka Empath and Could You Be One?

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: Self-Improvement, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |

An empath is a person who has the ability to feel the emotional state of another individual. There are many different types of empaths, however, Heyoka empaths may be the most spiritually attuned of them all. What is a Heyoka? 'Heyoka' is a Native American word meaning ‘sacred clown’ or ‘fool’. This term is apt [...]

What Is a Shaman and How to Find If You Are One?

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Self-Improvement, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |

What is a shaman? Shamans are energy healers who use their connection with nature and spirit to help others. Shamans provide a bridge between the material world and non-material reality. Traditionally, they journey to the spirit world to bring back healing for the community. Shamanic traditions are found in many cultures including Inuit, Native American, [...]

A Different View of Mental Illness or What a Shaman Sees in a Mental Hospital

By | September 18th, 2016|Categories: Food for thought, Psychology & Health, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , |

What if I told you that mental illness is not what we think it is? I’m sick. At least that’s what they tell me. My psychiatrist gives me the same speech while writing out a new prescription for a stronger medication. The pills I took the previous month just didn’t seem to curb the abnormal [...]

Kitezh: the Mythical Invisible City of Russia Could Have Been Real

By | August 18th, 2016|Categories: History & Archaeology, Uncommon Science|Tags: , |

Kitezh is a mythical city of Russia which was once dubbed "the invisible city." New evidence suggests it could have been more than just a myth. In past months, the fans of the Tomb Raider franchise received a nice surprise in the form of the latest sequel of this action video game. In the plot [...]

Speaking Different Languages, Multilinguals Experience a Sort of Personality Switch

By | July 13th, 2016|Categories: Languages, Psychology & Health, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , , , |

Science reveals the surprising effect speaking different languages has on one's personality. Being multilingual is something many of us have dreamed of achieving, but only a few manage to actually succeed. Being able to adapt to different languages and pick up the words and grammar of other cultures is something that is fascinating to those [...]

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