sábado, 23 de julio de 2016


Prayer is an earnest desire that we take to God (aka The Divine, The Source) for fulfillment.  But not all of our desires are fulfilled.  For many, few, if any, of their prayers bring the results that they are seeking.  Yet, prayer has been proven to be effective.  Why do some prayers work while others fail?  Is there a formula for success?  Read on.

Quantum mechanics is now telling us unambiguously that consciousness creates reality.” – Bernard HaischBefore we get to the success formula, eliminate any thoughts in your mind that prayer is the same as begging God for a favor, and God chooses whether or not to grant this favor. We live in a participatory universe in which we co-create our reality with The Source.  Everything that we see in the material world is a projection of our thoughts.  The laws of the universe apply to all equally and unfailingly.
Everything in the universe is energy including our prayers. The more energetically charged the prayer, the more likely and the faster they will be answered.  Energy comes in the form of thoughts, images, feelings, and emotions.
7-Step Prayer Success Formula
Step 1: You must have the sincere desire. Mere lip service prayers will get you nowhere. It doesn’t matter what you say. The thing that counts is a heart-felt desire.
As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Solomon, Proverbs 23:7
Step 2: Express precisely what it is that you want. Describe it in vivid detail in the present tense as if your prayer has already been answered.  For example: I am thin.  I am wealthy.  I am healthy. Even better (with added detail): I am healthy and fit at my ideal weight of 115 pounds.
It is important that you do not dwell on what you don’t want (don’t want to be fat) or the lack of something (want more money).  By doing so, you empower the conditions that you are praying to change.  For example, when you ask, “Dear God, please bring me more abundance,” in effect you are stating that abundance does not presently exist.

Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  – Jesus, Mark 11:23-24Step 3: Believe that your prayer request will be fulfilled. You can be confident knowing that these principles have been taught for many thousands of years and have been proven to work by Quantum Physics.
Step 4: Supercharge your prayer by adding feeling.  Feel the feelings of your prayer already answered.  Greg Braden, in his book “Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer” (and on YouTube), says essentially that the feeling IS the prayer.  Feeling involves the heart, which is where the power lies.  The heart generates the body’s most powerful electromagnetic field: the magnetic component produced by the heart is approximately 5000 times stronger than the brain’s magnetic field.
The power of positive emotions is detailed in this article and in short video below (watch both – you WILL be inspired):
There is a power inside every human against which no earthy force is of the slightest consequence.” – Neville Goddard.
Step 5: Be grateful and give thanks for your prayer having already been answered. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He first prayed, and then thanked the Father for answering His Prayer. There was not yet any material evidence that the prayer had been answered. But Jesus had perfect faith. And it was justified. Immediately after He had given thanks, Lazarus came forth from the tomb!
Step 6: Become detached from the outcome. Watch your prayer unfold from behind the scenes, without any expectation that it will happen in any particular way or timeframe.  Because of your certainty, detachment, and gratitude, the fulfillment of your will take form in the most unexpected and miraculous of ways.
Step 7: Pray without ceasing. Prayer is meant to be active, ever-present, and co-creative with The Source. It is not a periodic, passive, and helpless appeal. Praying without ceasing is going through the whole day, every day, with focused intention for your life’s desires, with certainty, detachment, and gratitude.  Prayer is not something you do once per day and then act totally different the rest of the day. It is something that becomes a lifestyle. Act as if your prayers have already been answered.  That is praying ceaselessly.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  – Mathew 7:7

viernes, 22 de julio de 2016

Costumes and masks designed by Marc Chagall in 1966 -+ other artists on view in ‘Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute’ at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts,

How Chagall, Sendak, Hockney, and Other Artists Staged the Fantasies of ‘The Magic Flute’

Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute
Costumes and masks designed by Marc Chagall in 1966 for the Metropolitan Opera, on view in ‘Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute’ at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)
As an opera where a colossal snake and enchanted instrument play a pivotal role, perhaps it’s no surprise Mozart’s The Magic Flute inspired some fantastic set and costume designs since its debut in 1791. Maurice Sendak, David Hockney, Marc Chagall, and William Kentridge all tried their hand at expressing the chaotic realm of the Queen of the Night and the orderly dominion of Sarastro. Their art is included among the 18 productions in Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center, organized in collaboration with the Kent State University Museum.
“I am particularly interested, being a costume designer for the theater myself, in the various takes of creative teams on a single subject,” curator and theatrical designer Judy Levin told Hyperallergic. “And I was particularly interested in The Magic Flutebecause it is well-loved, has sublime music, is very appealing to different ages, and given to different interpretations over the years.”
Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute
Costumes and masks designed by Marc Chagall in 1966 for the Metropolitan Opera
Indeed, the spirited second aria of the Queen of the Night is one of the great soprano challenges, and the tale of Prince Tamino finding both love and idealism with the queen’s daughter Pamina endures as an accessible fantasy. Some artists were inspired to create elaborate technological spectacles, like Kentridge’s 2005 production at the Royal Belgian Opera House, which Levin calls the “most cerebral approach.” Set in the 19th century and evoking early photographic techniques, the staging featured Kentridge’s drawings projected on a chalkboard, as well as his charcoal-based animation. Others, like Chagall, were “responding primarily to the music,” Levin said. His 1966 brush-stroked costumes for the Metropolitan Opera, impressively intact and on view in one long exhibition case, have animalistic characters that seem to have prowled from one of his paintings.
Even in the 18th century, The Magic Flute was a phantasmagoric extravaganza. “The original theater, where the production premiered in 1791, it was a state-of-the-art theater,” Levin said. “It held 1,000 people, and it had every device known at the time. They had the trap doors, and machinery for fire, thunder, lighting, and waterfalls.”
Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute
Costumes and masks designed by Marc Chagall in 1966 for the Metropolitan Opera
According to Levin, most of the first audiences didn’t notice that Mozart was partly using his grand opera as “a vehicle to promote the agenda of Free Masons,” the fraternal society of which he was a member. Some of the artists worked this history into their productions, like Sendak, whose 1980 costumes included Sarastro’s followers dressed as Masons and a finale staged against an illustration of a Masonic Temple.
Many of the costumes on view at the New York Public Library are actually still in use. For example, the Metropolitan Opera is staging an adaptation with Julie Taymor’s designs this December. After the exhibition closes this August, it will open in September at Kent State University Museum.
“This is not a very easy exhibition to get together because of the timing of everything, but we can replace them with other productions every bit as deserving,” Levin explained.
Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute
Costumes by Achim Freyer for the 1997 Salzburg Festival
The great joy, then, of seeing the current exhibition, is it may be the only chance to witness these 18 productions at once. Sure, it’s not like seeing the full opera played out on the stage, but you can compare the glimmering wardrobes of the Queen of the Night, the unexpected influences like Hockney in 1991 borrowing the Metropolitan Museum of Art staircase for his Great Temple, and appreciate the incredible whimsy played out through costumes like Jun Kaneko’s colorful and geometric concoctions for the San Francisco Opera. Below, you can check out clips from some of the productions, paired with images of the costumes and set designs on view in Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute.

David Hockney (1977)

Glyndebourne Festival
Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute
David Hockney’s 1977 set designs for the 1978 Glyndebourne Festival, later adapted for the Metropolitan Opera

Maurice Sendak (1981)

Houston Grand Opera
Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute
Set designs by Maurice Sendak from 1981

Gerald Scarfe (1993)

Los Angeles Opera
Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute
Costumes designed by Gerald Scarfe for a 1993 production directed by Peter Hall with the Los Angeles Opera

Julie Taymor (2004)

The Metropolitan Opera
Installation view of 'Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute,' with costumes designed by Julie Taymor in 2004 for the Metropolitan Opera
Costumes designed by Julie Taymor in 2004 for the Metropolitan Opera

William Kentridge (2005)

Royal Belgian Opera House
Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute
Images of the William Kentridge’s 2005 production for the Royal Belgian Opera House in Brussels and Kentridge’s “Blackboard” installation and film for the opera

Jorge Jara (2006)

Salzburg Festival
Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute
Costume by Jorge Jara for the 2006 Salzburg Festival

Jun Kaneko (2013)

San Francisco Opera
Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute
Costumes designed by Jun Kaneko in 2013 for a San Francisco Opera production of ‘The Magic Flute,’ on view in ‘Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute’ at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute continues at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center (40 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side, Manhattan) through August 27.

TESLA--VIVEKANANDA ---Tesla and Ancient Vedic Philosophy and the Properties of Space

The Properties of Space

Science works best when in harmony with nature. If we put these two together, we can discover great technologies that can only come about when the consciousness of the planet is ready to embrace them. One example is “free energy,” also known as “zero-point energy,” which utilizes the substance that exists all around us and converts it into usable energy. This would give us a limitless source of energy, and would practically wipe out all poverty on the planet. (more on this later in the article)
The properties of space have been postulated by many, from ancient Vedic philosophy, Eastern Mystics, various ancient civilizations throughout human history all the way to Descartes, Einstein, Newton and more. Humans are curious beings, and our quest to discover “what is” will never end.
“And they allowed Apollonius to ask questions; and he asked them of what they thought the cosmos was composed; but they replied; “Of elements.” “Are there then four?” he asked. “Not four,” said Larchas,  “but five.” “And how can there be a fifth,” said Apollonius, “alongside of water and air and earth and fire?” “There is the ether,” replied the other, “which we must regard as the stuff of which gods are made; for just as all mortal creatures inhale the wire, so do immortal and divine natures inhale the ether.” “Am I,” said Appollonius, “to regard the universe as a living creature?” “Yes,” said the other. – The Life of Apollonius of Tyana, Philostratus, 220AD (source)
Science now knows that a material universe as the foundation of what we perceive to be our physical material world isn’t quite the case. Today, physicists recognize that physical atoms are actually made up of vortices of energy that are constantly spinning and vibrating. At its smallest observable level, matter is energy, and this energy that exists all around us can be tapped into and possibly used to generate power.
Quantum physics has left many scientists baffled, again, the discovery that our physical material reality isn’t really physical at all can be quite confusing. Scientists began to explore the relationship between energy and the structure of matter at the turn of the 19th century, this is approximately the time when the idea of a Newtonian material universe was dropped from the heart of scientific knowing, and replaced by the fact that matter is nothing but an illusion, that everything in the universe is made out of energy.
“If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet. Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.” – Niels Bohr, a Danish Physicist
Again, if you observed the composition of an atom with a microscope, you would see a small, invisible tornado like vortex, with a number of infinitely small energy vortices called quarks and photons. These are what make up the structure of the atom. As you focused in closer and closer on the structure of the atom, you would see nothing, you would observe a physical void. The atom has no physical structure, we have no physical structure, physical things really don’t have any physical structure. Atoms are made out of invisible energy, not tangible matter.
“Despite the unrivalled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension and even anger.” (T. Folger, “Quantum Shmantum”; Discover 22:37-43, 2001)
“Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.” – R.C. Henry, Professor of physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University. (source)

Tesla and Ancient Vedic Philosophy and the Properties of Space

We’ve seen a very interesting trend (especially within the past decade) of modern-day science catching up to an ancient understanding about the true nature of reality, its make-up, how it functions and how we can work with it to bring about change on our planet. For anybody to label the merging of ‘spirituality’ and science as pseudoscience means they have not properly investigated it. Spiritual concepts of our ancient world are directly intertwined with modern-day science, more so quantum physics, and Nikola Tesla was well aware of this.
“All perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the akasha or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never-ending cycles all things and phenomena.”– Nikola Tesla, Man’s Greatest Achievement, 1907 (1)(2)
As you can see, Tesla was aware of ancient concepts and the correlation it had with the science he was working on -using sanskrit worlds like “akasha,” and “prana” to describe the force and matter that exists all around us. These words come from the Upanishads (a collection of Vedic texts)
“The aakaash is not destructible, it is the primordial absolute substratum that creates cosmic matter and hence the properties of aakaash are not found in the material properties that are in a sense relative. The aakaash is the eternally existent, superfluid reality, for which creation and destruction are inapplicable.” – (Idham thadhakshare parame vyoman. Parame vyoman) – Paramahamsa Tewari, Engineer, Physicist and Inventor. (source)
Nikola Tesla had correlations with Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), who was one of the most famous and influential spiritual leaders of the philosophies of Vedanta (one of the six schools of Hindu philosophy, the term originally referred to the upanishads, a collection of philosophical texts in Hinduism) and Yoga. He was the chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and the founder of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. He is a giant figure in the history of the hindu reform movements.
Vivekananda wrote a later to Tesla in the late 1800’s stating:
“Mr. Tesla thinks he can demonstrate mathematically that force and matter are reducible to potential energy. I am to go and see him next week to get this new mathematical demonstration. In that case the Vedantic cosmology will be placed on the surest of foundations. I am working a good deal now upon the cosmology and eschatology of the Vedanta. I clearly see their perfect union with modern science, and the elucidation of the one will be followed by that of the other.” – Swami Vivekananda (Complete Works, VOL. V, Fifth Edition, 1347, p. 77). (1)
Tesla began using the Sanskrit words after meeting with Swami, and after studying the Eastern view of the true nature of reality, about the mechanisms that drive the material world. Eventually, it led him to the basis for the wireless transmission of electrical power, what is known as the Tesla Coil Transformer. During this year he made the following comments during a speech before the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. (Given before he familiarized himself with the the Vedic sincere of the easter nations of India, Tibet, and Nepal.)
“Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point in the universe. This idea is not novel…We find it in the delightful myth of Antheus, who derives power from the earth; we find it among subtle speculations of one of your splendid mathematicians….Throughout space there is energy. Is this energy static, or kinetic? If static our hopes are in vain; if kinetic – and this we know it is, for certain – then it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheel work of nature.” – Nikola Tesla (source)
The Vedas are a group of writings that consist of hymns, prayers, myths, historical accounting, science and the nature of reality. They date back at least 5000 years, and are not so different from other ancient texts that dive into the same matters from all across the globe. The language used is Sanskrit and its origins are unknown.
“Swami Vivekananda was hopeful that Tesla would be able to show that what we call matter is simply potential energy because that would reconcile the teachings of the Vedas with modern science. The Swami realized that in that case, the Vedantic cosmology (would) be placed on the surest of foundations. Tesla understood the Sanskrit terminology and philosophy and found that it was a good means to describe the physical mechanisms of the universe as seen through his eyes. It would behoove those who would attempt to understand the science behind the inventions of Nikola Tesla to study Sanskrit and Vedic philosophy.”  – Toby Grotz, President, Wireless Engineering (source)
Apparently, Tesla was unable to show the identity of energy and matter, this did not come until Albert Einstein published his paper on relativity, which was known in the East for the last 5000 years.
“All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.” – Swami Vivekananda
Tesla’s vision of the wireless transmission of electricity and free energy has been postponed for almost one hundred years now. Which brings us to our next topic.

What We Know Now (Today) About Free Energy

“These concepts have been proven in hundreds of laboratories throughout the world and yet they have not really seen the light of day. If these technologies were to be set free worldwide, the change would be profound, it would be applicable everywhere. These technologies are absolutely the most important thing that have happened in the history of the world.” – Brian O’leary, Former NASA Astronaut and Princeton Physics Professor. (source)
Here is a video of world renowned Physicist Harold E. Puthoff. An American physicist who earned his Ph.D from Stanford University. I am best familiar with his work through the declassification of the remote viewing program conducted by the CIA and NSA in conjunction with Stanford University. (source 1)(source 2)(source 3).  He is the director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin, and has served various government agencies throughout his years.
Hidden Energy – Dr. Hal Puthoff
“These are not just fringe scientists with science fiction ideas. They are mainstream ideas being published in mainstream physics journals and being taken seriously by mainstream military and NASA type funders. I’ve been taken out on aircraft carriers by the Navy and shown what it is we have to replace if we have new energy sources to provide new fuel methods.” – Dr. Harold E. Puthoff
“Back in about 1964 a researcher at the Hughes Laboratory by the name of Robert L. Forward showed that there was a particular effect, called the Casimir Effect, which demonstrated that this energy could be taped.” – Dr. Harold E. Puthoff
To see some actual research, a research paper and a visual demonstration of some machinery with plans for the device, click HERE
This is what Tesla was talking about when he said that man would “attach their machinery to the very wheel work of nature.”
There are promising inventors and machines in existence today, and we hope to bring more awareness about this to you in the very near future. Hopefully they will make their way out into the world within the next few years. The time is now.

It’s Time For  A Change

Our current methods for extracting energy are destroying Earth. It’s destroying the environment, its people and creates conflict. We are rapidly approaching a time (if not already in that time) where we need to implement systems to eliminate the use of fossil fuels. I hope that this article, and the ones linked within it, show you that this is possible. If you are further interested in this subject, you can check out Michael Faraday, Bruce DePalma, Paramahamsa Tewari and more.
Energy source transitions do not happen over night. It took us 100 years to transfer from wood to coal, and another 100 years to move from coal to oil. But the next energy transition must happen quicker than previous ones, and it must include free energy.
“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway from the human spirit.” – Helen Keller
“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla
(2) Hunt, Inez and Draper. Wanetta, W., Lightning In His Hand, The Life Story Of Nikola Tesla, Omni Publications, Hawthorne, CA, 1981.
(2) O’Neal, John, J., Prodigal Genius, The Life Of Nikola Tesla, Ives Washington, Inc., 1944. Anderson, Leland, personal communication. See also Anderson, L.I., and Ratzlaff, J.T., Dr. Nikola Tesla Bibliography, Ragusan Press, 936 Industrial Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94303, 1979.
Sources used from another article embedded in this article: All other sources are highlighted throughout the article.

Michio Kaku --interview....

We’re intrigued by scientific advancement and futures but also scared by them. It’s been said, only half-joking, that the only people who welcome change are wet babies.
So I’m pleased that today’s The EminentsInterview is with Michio Kaku. He is arguably the world’s most famous science popularizer. Although a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York, he has written three New York Times best sellers, including a #1 bestseller, The Future of the Mind, which the Times' book review called “compelling” and Nature called “fascinating.” He has hosted TV specials for BBC, Discovery Channel, and Science Channel.
Marty Nemko: You’re known for your long-term predictions. Have any shorter ones?
Michio Kaku:  We’re already able to upload some simple memories in mice and soon in primates. Pretty soon, we should be able to do so with Alzheimer’s patients. And perhaps they’ll be able to use a brain pacemaker: a button that a wandering patient can push that will send memories to their brain so they can remember who they are, where they live, and how to get home.
I predict that technology will enable people to transmit their neuronal, actual feelings over the Internet. So on Facebook, teens will send actual emotions of their first dance, first date, first kiss. Today's movie will become obsolete. Instead of having to infer feelings, in tomorrow's movies, we'll be beamed not just the audio and video but the characters' emotions (electrical signals) and thus we'll feel them.
And not that much further out, today’s clunky smart glasses will be replaced by smart contact lenses. We’ll command them by voice, blinking, or even thinking, to interact visually in 3-D with the Internet.
MN: If you had fiat power, what would your first edict be to better prepare the next generation for the science-centric world they’ll inherit?
MK: I’d transform science education: Our science education does a great job of training people for the world of 1950. We’ve done a miserable job of preparing people for today’s world, let alone tomorrow’s. Year in and year out, in science, reading, and math, American students score near dead-bottom among developed nations. We need less memorization—I never memorized the periodic table of the elements—I’ve never used it, and I’m a physicist!  I can look it up. In the future, we’ll blink and we’ll see it in our contact lenses. Forcing students to learn things like the periodic table crushes them
We need more concept-development and active involvement, less tuning forks, pulleys, and friction formulas—students know they’ll never use those. They need more study of outer space and DNA. They need more exciting teaching, more fair-minded encouragement, morecareer guidance, more mentorship. Both students and teachers need more feedback. It would help if we stopped protecting bad teachers—It’s very difficult to get rid of even sexual perverts let alone just bad teachers.
We also need an enduring, robust theory of education. Now, it seems education careens from one fad to another and often back again. I think that with better education and students willing to put in the 10,000-hours to become expert, we could develop better science professionals, even theoretical physicists.
MN: I attended a panel discussion among five Nobelists who agreed that, moving forward, physics discoveries will be dwarfed by the biological: personalized cures for depression, for cancer, even artificially created human beings. Agree?
MK: I don’t. We’ve had three technological revolutions that have changed the course of human history, all driven by physics. In the first, the industrial revolution, physicists developed Newtonian mechanics and thermodynamics, which gave us the steam engine and machine power. The second technological revolution was the electricity revolution. That gave us radio, television, and telecommunications. Then, physicists developed the laser and the transistor. That gave us the high-tech revolution: computers, the Internet. The fourth revolution will be the molecular one. That will give us advanced artificial intelligence, nanotech and biotech. The basis of all of that is physics. When you work in the DNA molecule, for example, in the attempt to prevent cancer or mental retardation, you need to know all the angles that created the subatomic bondings—that’s physics. I really think we’d be wise to direct more funding to basic physics.
MN: To date, technology advances have created more jobs than they eliminated. But many people worry that in today’s information age and tomorrow’s molecular age, with the rapid progress in robots’ capability, this time will be different. What do you think?
MK:  Until computers and robots make quantum advances, they basically remain  adding machines: capable only of doing things in which all the variables are controlled and predictable. Robots are bad at pattern recognition and certainly at common sense. That’s why computers can beat humans in chess but can’t have even a basic conversation with a six-year-old.
MN: Isn’t that changing rapidly? For example, Pepper the Robot is already used as a hospital receptionist and can “read” whether people are happy, sad, or angry and respond appropriately. I worry that the many jobs that aren’t cognitively complex will be replaced by technology: from robot retail clerks to driverless vehicles to a robot nurse.
MK: Language and emotions are too easily misread. For example, laughing can mean many things: laughing with you or at you. Does that laugh reflect  joy, anger, or that s/he’s about to fire you? Too many jobs require complex feelings, pattern recognition, common sense, and the human touch.
MN: Most people welcome gene editing that would prevent or cure disease. But some people worry about enhancing normal function, for example, allowing parents to elect to ensure their future children’s genome will predispose them to a life of physical and emotional health and of success. What’s your take on the likely feasibility and desirability of that?
MK: It’s inevitable that we’ll have some form of designer children, fueled not just by the science but by parents’ hard-wired desire to give their children every advantage. We give violin lessons even if not necessary. We buy them specific clothing so they’re popular. When we’ve identified gene clusters to improve memory, concentration (no ADD,) reduce excessivethrill-seeking (drug abuse, reckless driving,) we will have a hard time stopping parents from getting that for their kids, even if they have to go to an under-the-radar doctor as people did to get abortions when it was illegal.
Sure, there are potential dangers. For example, we don’t want to so limit people’s aggression that they become docile sheep of the state. And there may be unforeseen consequences. I believe that the best approach will be to have an open conversation now, so that when the technology becomes available, we can make a wise choice on what the government’s role should be: Restrict it? Subsidize it or its availability to the poor? I have faith that a democratic society will, when the time comes, make wise decisions even if they don’t comport with today’s values.
MN: For more than a half-century now, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence project has crowd-sourced massive computing power to search the universe for signs of other civilizations. What's the basis of your optimism or pessimism that this effort will bear fruit?
MK: We’ve scanned only an infinitesimal fraction of the stars out there. Worse, we’ve done it using old, old technology: radio waves. With 100 billion galaxies out there and 100 billion stars in each, to assume we’re the only intelligent creatures among the 1x1022 stars is naive. By the next century, I envision we’ll be able to laser-port: put your consciousness (a connectome, which is the complete map of the human brain down to the neuron) onto a laser beam and shoot it into outer space. In just one day, your consciousness will be on Pluto and in four years, you’ll be in the nearest star. With the billions of stars out there, many of which have planets that likely could sustain earthly life, it seems likely that there are sentient civilizations out there more advanced than ours that are laser-porting their consciousness to us right now!  But we’re yet not advanced enough to know how to look for that.
MN: NASA efforts have yielded practical discoveries but, with all the problems we face on earth, isn’t the opportunity cost too great to spend billions to, for example, see if there’s water on Jupiter? Yes, space research is literally awesome but is the price too great?
MK: The public doesn’t realize how much space research and explorations have already improved humankind. For example, satellite weather forecasting enables us to, for example, anticipate earlier where a hurricane will hit. Space research has helped create the Internet, which facilitates commerce, banking, homeland security, maybe even this phone call. Space research has accelerated computers’ miniaturization into, for example, the iPhone, because in a spacecraft, space is at a premium.
Plus, where do jobs come from? Innovation, which usually has its roots in science. The invention merely of one item—the transistor—has created countless jobs. But politicians don’t prioritize that—they’re too responsive to all sorts of special interests. There’s so much waste, fraud, and abuse. If we reallocated even a fraction of that to space research, the world would be better off.
MN: You propose a theory of consciousness. What is it?.
MK:  What differentiates human from lower-animal consciousness is time. You can’t explain the concept of “tomorrow” to your dog. Our consciousness is dominated by time—We’re constantly running simulations of the future. Our brain is a prediction machine. The hallmark of intelligence, indeed of genius, is the number and complexity of the feedback loops we use in predicting the future. For example, when we walk into a room, we’re sizing up whom we should approach, be afraid of, and suck up to. Our consciousness may come to be defined as the number of feedback loops needed to create an accurate model of yourself in space and time.
A related aspect of intelligent consciousness is delay of gratification: the wisdom to accurately predict whether delay rather than acting on impulse will yield greater benefit.
Now let’s look at collective consciousness, which Einstein referred to as “the mind of God.” This is necessarily abstract: String theorists now believe ours is only one of many parallel universes moving in an 11-dimension hyperspace. We believe that “the mind of God” may be cosmic music (electrical signals) resonating through that hyperspace.
MN: What’s next for Michio Kaku?
MK:  On my office wall, there’s a photo of Einstein in front of his unfinished attempts to create a grand unified theory. I may or may not be able to accomplish that but it is that to which I aspire.

jueves, 21 de julio de 2016

Liz Koch, author of The Psoas Book, states that our psoas “literally embodies our deepest urge for survival, and more profoundly, our elemental desire to flourish.” This means that there is a lot more to the psoas than one might initially think.

The psoas major muscle (pronounced “so-as”) is often referred to as the deepest core, or as yoga therapist and film-maker Danielle Olson states, the “muscle of the soul.” This core-stabilizing muscle located near the hip bone affects mobility, structural balance, joint function, flexibility, and much more. In addition to its function to help keep the body upright and moving, the psoas is believed to allow you to connect with the present moment especially when it is stretched out and tension is released from the body.
Research indicates that the psoas is vital to our psychological wellbeing in addition to structural health. Liz Koch, author of The Psoas Book, states that our psoas “literally embodies our deepest urge for survival, and more profoundly, our elemental desire to flourish.” This means that there is a lot more to the psoas than one might initially think. It is entirely possible to harness healing pranic energy and improve mental health by keeping the psoas healthy.

Where is the Psoas?

The psoas is the principal muscle associated with physical stability. It stretches from the legs to the spine and is the only muscle connecting the legs to the spinal column. The muscle flares out from the T12 vertebrae, follows down the five lumbar vertebrae, before attaching to the top of the thigh bone.


The Reptilian Connection
In addition to connecting the legs and spine, the psoas is connected to the diaphragm. Breathing is modulated at the diaphragm, and it is also the location where many physical symptoms associated with fear and anxiety manifest. Koch believes that this is due to the direct link between the psoas and the most ancient part of our brain stem and spinal cord, called the reptilian brain.
According to Koch, “Long before the spoken word or the organizing capacity of the cortex developed, the reptilian brain, known for its survival instincts, maintained our essential core functioning.” The way we live today, constantly rushing, competing and achieving, has the psoas in a constant “fight or flight” state.

Issues Associated with Chronic Psoas Stress

Trapped in a constant “flight or fight” state, psoas muscles are stressed and constricted, almost from the time of birth. As Koch notes, “this situation is exacerbated by many things in our modern lifestyle, from car seats to constrictive clothing, from chairs to shoes that distort our posture, curtail our natural movements and further constrict our psoas.” This lifelong chronic stress put on the psoas can lead to many problems like back, hip, or knee pain, and even digestive issues and dysfunctional breathing. It could also be a major cause why people suffer from chronic physical pain.
The physical body is not the only part of you that suffers from a chronically-stressed psoas. The psoas is much more than a muscle used for structural stability. It influences every element of life, from how you feel, to how you look at the world, and even how you treat others. A variety of problems have been associated with a chronically-stressed psoas muscle: it can negatively affect your emotional state; it can impact your interpersonal relationships; and it can influence your general contentment with life. Awareness that a healthy psoas is important to emotional wellness, as well as physical health, is the first step towards ensuring that we give this muscle the attention it deserves.
Koch states, “Whether you suffer from sore back or anxiety, from knee strain or exhaustion, there’s a good chance that a constricted psoas might be contributing to your woes.”

Fear and the Psoas

Since the psoas is closely linked to our “fight or flight” mechanism, fear can be over-represented in those with a constricted psoas.
It is an emotion that manifests itself in the most unusual ways and can “lock” itself into the body resulting in both physical and emotional tension. By restoring balance to your psoas muscles, you are likely to release this pent up tension, which can have a profound effect on releasing unfounded fearfulness about life, and thus improve both your physical and mental wellbeing. You will feel a greater sense of inner peace, along with fewer muscle aches and strains.

The Connection to the Energetic Body

Lengthening and releasing your psoas grounds you to the Earth, which is filled with healing and revitalizing energy, thus allowing you to balance your pranic energy and enabling you to feel more present in the moment. Proper structural stability attributed to a healthy psoas allows prana to flow, unimpeded, throughout the body, allowing for proper distribution of vital energy. In the physical sense, when the body can properly support itself, movement is less-restricted and requires less effort, thus leaving you more energetic.

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Our understanding of the psoas is by no means new knowledge. In fact, it is more akin to ancient wisdom that was either lost or discarded over time. Yoga shows us explicitly that ancient gurus understood the importance of releasing contracted psoas muscles. Ancient yoga asanas, or postures, that are now practiced all around the world, focus on lengthening and releasing psoas muscles and restoring comfort and balance to the entire body. With consistent practice, you can learn how to isolate this muscle, which can be immensely useful and healing in the long run.
Yoga is also a great way to measure the current health of the psoas. There are many postures, such as tree (Vrksasana), which cannot be properly achieved if the psoas is contracted. If you are practicing a sitting or standing yoga pose and feel strain in either your knees or lower back (or both), then there’s a good chance that your psoas is constricted and needs more of your attention.
The psoas is an important, yet often unknown, muscle that plays a vital role in physical health and mental wellbeing. The cumulative effect of neglecting this muscle is physical and mental stress and tension, which manifests itself in our society as anxiety, depression, chronic back pain, knee pain, digestive distress, respiratory problems, etc.