Connect with us

Metaphysics & Psychology

Orpheus and Eurydice – A Myth about Love

The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is a reminder that love persists above all, even after death. When someone truly loves, they won’t hesitate to go to hell just to be in the company of the one they love.

The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is about the kind of love that can go beyond death. The legend says that Orpheus was a very special being, son of Apollo, the god of music and the arts, and of Calliope, also known as Clio and the muse of poetry. Such an origin gave Orpheus the special gift of music.

Orpheus learned music from Apollo, his father. His mastery was such that Apollo gave him his own lyre as a symbol of his fatherly love. This instrument had been made by Hermes, who used the shell of a turtle to build it. The story goes that Orpheus could interpret the most beautiful melodies that were ever heard on Earth.

He was so talented that gods and mortals were moved to tears when they heard his music. Even the wildest of creatures became meek when they heard his music because it bewitched them. He was quite the ladies man until the moment he met Eurydice, a nymph.

A sculpture of Orpheus.

Orpheus and Eurydice

Orpheus led a dissipated and adventurous life. Thus, he offered to go with the Argonauts on their journey to find the Golden Fleece. The legend says that he saved their expedition when the mermaids tried to confuse the sailors with their singing. Their voices hypnotized the sailors and they would throw themselves into the sea, where the mermaids proceeded to devour them.

But Orpheus used his talent on that occasion and prevented it. Thus, when the mermaids began to sing, he began to play his lyre. His music was a lot more beautiful than theirs and he was able to drown their sound with his. As a consequence, only one of the sailors succumbed to the charm of the mermaids and died.

After that expedition, Orpheus and Eurydice met. She was a very beautiful nymph. One day, when Orpheus saw her figure reflected in the water and immediately felt that he could die of love for her. He finally caught her attention and Eurydice fell passionately in love with him. Then, they got married. For a while, they lived a happy life full of love and passion.

The loss of Eurydice

Even though Orpheus and Eurydice had a happy and fulfilling life in her palace, she never forgot that she was a nymph. This is why she couldn’t stop going to the woods and be in the middle of nature, which was so familiar to her. One afternoon when she went to the forest, she saw a hunter chasing a helpless fawn. When she helped it escape, she unleashed the wrath of the hunter.

The man said he would forgive the offense, as long as she agreed to kiss him. Of course, she refused because she was a happily married woman and wasn’t about to risk that happiness due to fear. Therefore, when the hunter tried to force her to, she ran. But in her hurry, she stepped on the head of a sleeping snake and it bit her. As a consequence, the nymph died on the spot.

When Orpheus learned about the death of his wife, he fell into despair. He decided to go down to the underworld to rescue her from death. Using his lyre and his beautiful singing voice, he convinced Charon, the boatman, and Cerberus, Hades’ dog and guardian of the underworld, to take him to Persephone, the queen of hell. When she heard his music, she was quite touched by it.

An underground tunnel.

Together forever

In the end, Persephone allowed Orpheus to bring his beloved wife back to life but with a condition. During their journey back, Orpheus had to walk in front of Eurydice. He couldn’t turn to look at her until they were completely out in the sunlight outside the underworld. Orpheus accepted but didn’t believe that Eurydice would follow. He was afraid there would be a demon behind him instead of his lover.

When he finally came out of the cave, he couldn’t resist any longer and turned around to look. Although Eurydice was almost completely out in the sunlight, she died once more. This highly distressed Orpheus, who continued to play the kind of sad music that even made the gods cry. The maenads, some rather fickle beings, fell in love with him. But Orpheus didn’t yield to their attempts to seduce him.

These creatures killed him in revenge and scattered his remains all over the place. Amazingly, this allowed Orpheus and Eurydice to meet again in the underworld. And now they were together forever. Ever since, beautiful melodies can be heard in the meadows and groves.

Psychology is the study of the nature of mind. Philosophy is the use of that mind in life. Both are critically important to gain an understanding of as they are aspects of the self. All you do and experience will pass through these gateways of being. The preceding information provides an overview of this self-knowledge, offering points to consider that people often don’t take the time to contemplate. With the choice to gain self-awareness, one can begin to see how their being works. With the wisdom of self-awareness, one has the tools to master their being and life in general, bringing order to chaos through navigating the challenges with the capacity for right action.

Exploring Your Mind

Comments

Metaphysics & Psychology

Can I stop seeing nightmares?

Waking up in the middle of the night from nightmare episodes, the plot of which would be envied by the best screenwriters and writers in the style of horror, we are relieved to realize that what was seen was just a dream.

Nevertheless, the body needs time in order for the heart rate to normalize, and the whole body to release a trembling numbness, sometimes reaching sleep paralysis. Considering how frightening and unpleasant nightmares can be, experts are interested in the possibility of preventing them, including a complete “shutdown”. Despite the fact that not much research has been carried out in this area, scientists suggest that people who know the techniques of lucid dreams can answer this question.

Nightmares appear only in the REM sleep phase and last no more than half an hour

Why do we see nightmares?

Experts are convinced that nightmares are part of human experience and represent some kind of interpretation of experienced stress and psychological stress, even though in most cases children from 7 to 10 years are exposed to it. Doctors do not consider rare nightmares a pathology, but if disturbing dreams happen too often, they can significantly affect the upcoming day and the life of a person as a whole. Frequent nightmares can be a symptom of a psychological disorder that could be caused by extreme stress, trauma or certain types of drugs.

Despite previous sleep studies, nightmares still remain only partially understood. At the moment, it is known that often nightmares are dreams of REM sleep phase or in the so-called REM phase, which is characterized by rapid eye movement and increased brain activity. It was found that at the time when a person is in the phase of REM sleep, his brain is almost as active as in the wakeful phase.

Lucid dream is the boundary state between the phases of REM sleep and wakefulness

Can nightmares be prevented?

According to an article published on the portal livescience.com, Japanese scientists have confirmed the existence of conscious dreaming and continue to conduct research on their study. For a lucid dream, it is customary to consider those dreams in which a person is fully aware of his condition and can even, to some extent, control the content of night vision, as well as leave it. Experts attribute “lucid dreaming” to a borderline state that lies between the REM and Wake phase.

Despite the fact that medical practice for the development of conscious consciousness is not yet used by doctors, some experts have already developed several methods for their development. For example, research results published in 2019 in the journal Frontiers in Psychology confirm the positive consequences for people suffering from constant nightmares after applying such an unusual therapy in a dream.

According to one of the methods, a person suffering from nightmares needs to set an alarm 30 minutes earlier than he usually wakes up, conduct his daily morning routines, and then go to bed again. According to experts, an awakening and a break between sleep, can help the human brain go to the intermediate stage between the phase of REM sleep and wakefulness.

According to experts, it is the intermediate phase that makes it possible to control a dream, and subsequently prevent nightmares, since brain activity in this phase of sleep allows a person to distinguish reality from dreams. Experts also note that lucid dreaming is only one of the methods to prevent nightmares, although they do not give guarantees of their complete deliverance.

Continue Reading

Metaphysics & Psychology

Ancient civilizations used acoustics to change consciousness and communicate with the dead

The prehistoric necropolis in Malta provides the key to the ancient use of sound and its effect on the activity of the human brain, and it shows that ancient civilizations used acoustics to change consciousness and communicate with the dead.

It is well known that ancient civilizations associated a particular sound with sacred knowledge. They isolated these hypersonic places from worldly everyday life and attached great importance to them because abnormal sound behavior implied a divine presence.

This is especially true for Mayans and the Aztecs, as evidenced by the chirping noise of the Kukulkan pyramid in Chichen Itza and the terrifying Aztec death whistle found on the skeleton of a sacrificial person found in front of the temple of their god of the wind.

Another example of how ancient civilizations used sound to change consciousness and communicate with the dead is the Maltese Hypogee Al-Saflini.

Al-Saflini and its mysterious sound phenomenon is located in the city of Paola, Malta. The Neolithic underground structure dates from the Saflini period (3300 – 3000 BC). It is believed that it was a sanctuary and a necropolis, as archaeologists have discovered more than 7,000 skeletons.

One of its rooms, known as the “Oracle Room”, has a legendary reputation for exceptional sound behavior. 

The room is a sound chamber carved with a rounded inner surface. The result is an echo, which is reflected throughout the hypogee.

Standing in Hypogeea is like being inside a giant bell. In certain places, a person feels how the sound vibrates in the bones and tissues, and also hears it in the ears.

The word spoken in the Oracle room is amplified a hundredfold and is heard throughout the building.

Now imagine how the oracle spoke, and his words rumbled with a roar through a dark and mysterious place with a terrifying impression.

So what happens in the oracle room?

A male voice casting spells in the range of 70-130 Hz could turn the entire temple complex into a trance inducing room that could stimulate the creative center of the human brain.

At these resonant frequencies, even small periodic motive forces can produce large-amplitude oscillations, since the system stores the oscillation energy.

The echo bounces off solid surfaces and connects before they disappear.

This highly effective acoustic technology allowed ancient people to change the consciousness of both the physiological and psychological behavior of those exposed to it.

How and why did ancient people use sound?

An international team of scientists recently uncovered the ancient mystery of the Oracle Room in the Maltese Hypogee Hal Saflieni.

As demonstrated in a new scientific study, each person has his own individual activation frequency, always between 90 and 120 Hz.

During testing, a deep male voice tuned to these frequencies stimulated a resonant phenomenon throughout the hypochondrium, creating the effect of cooling the bones.

Sounds were reported to echo for 8 seconds.

Archaeologist Fernando Coimbra said he felt a sound cross his body at high speed, leaving him feeling relaxed. When this was repeated, the sensation returned, and he also had the illusion that the sound reflected from his body to the ancient red-ocher paintings on the walls.

One can only imagine this experience in antiquity: standing in the dark and listening to ritual singing, while faint light flickered on the bones of deceased loved ones.

The same people also developed a complete solar calendar aligning the solstices and equinoxes, which still function today in one of the terrestrial megalithic structures.

There is no doubt that a complex school of architectural, astronomical and audiological knowledge existed already a thousand years before the Egyptians began to build the pyramids.

People in the Neolithic past in Malta discovered the acoustic effects of Hypogeea and experienced them as extraordinary, strange, perhaps even strange and “otherworldly”. Maybe they tried to talk with our alien brothers? 

Continue Reading

Metaphysics & Psychology

Man is an animal that has gone crazy. We are not born to be happy, evolution has no such purpose

The great Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung said:

Man is an animal that has gone crazy. There are two ways out of this madness: it needs to either become an animal again, or become bigger than a person.


Do you know truly happy personalities?

Most people in the world suffer for one reason or another all their lives.

  • Sitting in small apartments or huge mansions
  • In Tata Nano or the new Porsche
  • Playing games or working hard
  • Doing business or working for someone
  • Being married or single gay people.

How many stories in the world about married top managers who were found dead from substance abuse on escort yachts? How many movie, music and art stars have become alcoholics? How many people started wars and killed hundreds of thousands of people?

Happiness is not and never has been the goal of evolution. Do not die and extend your family – this is what is required of a living being. The rest is not important.

Man appeared in this world by chance. We are the product of coincidences that have led us to the fact that we are now “allowed” to think, speak, analyze, predict, create paintings, films and fly into space.

But all this does not bring joy in the end. Still bad. Anyway, something is missing.

Why? Good question. Joy can only be here and now, in the sense of one’s emotions and feelings. How animals can do this when they run for a walk, as young children can do, until they become morose adults.

Many of us watched a video in which a father spent 18 years in a row videotaping his daughter? The older she became, the more she turned from a joyful girl into a sad teenager.

We have been taught from childhood: it is impossible, it is impossible, it is not necessary, it is wrong, it is not necessary, it is necessary. This is upbringing, without it anywhere. Parenting is always prohibitions, restrictions, regulation. But such a life leads to the inability to enjoy the moment. We think about what other people will think, what awaits us in the future, what we still lack, what needs to be done, done, done. These voices constantly sound in our heads; they cannot be shut up for no reason.

We cannot go back and become animals again. So Jung is right, we need to become something more than a person. Someone who knows how and look to the future, and at the same time enjoy the moment.

How to do it? Another good question. 

Continue Reading
Advertisement

DO NOT MISS

Trending