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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.

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Physicists believe that parallel universes exist and soon this can be proved

Have you ever caught yourself thinking that you exist in a parallel universe and everything is different there? However, such thoughts, when scientists, rather than ordinary people, indulge in them, can tell a lot about how our Universe works. 

So, one of the latest scientific works of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking was devoted to parallel universes and methods by which one can prove / disprove their existence. But even if parallel universes exist, what are they?

Who knows what you are doing in the parallel universe

What do physicists think of parallel universes?

According to Themindunlished.com, theoretical physicist Sean Carroll expressed the view that the small-scale structure of the universe indicates the existence of many parallel worlds. Shocking comments were made on the Jeff Rogan Experience (JRE) podcast last year. Carroll says that the fact that tiny particles, such as electrons and photons, do not have a single given location in the universe, suggests that there are many parallel universes.

It should be noted that quantum physics is something that the human imagination does very poorly. For this reason, many pseudoscientists and all kinds of gurus love to mix a couple of words about quantum physics into their own ideas about the Universe. They proudly declare this at seminars and write posts on social networks. As the saying goes, if you do not understand what is happening, start talking about quantum physics. So you need to be very careful and be able to distinguish speculative statements from statements of real scientists.

The theory of the immortal universe is widespread among representatives of the scientific community

In a recently published article on the secrets of the world, we discussed quantum physics – the dance of electrons around the nucleus of atoms. This once again confirms what we already knew – at the quantum level, everything is really different. Just think about it – the empty vacuum of space is filled with tiny particles that constantly appear and disappear. Moreover, Bell’s theorem — a fundamental construction in quantum mechanics — can prove the existence of multiverses. This theorem deals with situations where particles interact with each other, become entangled, and then diverge in different directions. Of course, there are still equations, laws of physics, and laws that must be obeyed, but Carroll does not exclude the possibility that some alternative worlds may indeed exist.

In the past, Carroll put forward several innovative but controversial theories about the nature of time and the Big Bang. According to one of his hypotheses, the Universe did not arise as a result of a gigantic explosion, but is an infinitely ancient, constantly expanding Universe, in which time can flow both forward and backward. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Carroll also believes that quantum physics is not just an approximation to the truth. Now scientists are confronted with the secrets of dark matter and dark energy, and given the fact that not everything is consistent with Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, it is time to address our understanding of the quantum world.

Parallel worlds can be very different from ours, but most likely they have the same laws of physics

In 2011, physicist Brian Green wrote a book called Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of Cosmos. In it, the British physicist and popularizer of science writes that scientists cannot avoid having any version of the multiverse in their studies. Many physicists are thinking about a particular version of the theory of a parallel universe. If all this is complete nonsense, then this is a waste of time and energy. But if this idea is true, then this is a truly fantastic revolution in our understanding of the world and the Universe.

Stephen Hawking also suggested that, thanks to quantum mechanics, the Big Bang gave us an infinite number of universes, not just one. To try to prove the presence or absence of parallel worlds, Hawking, co-authored with Thomas Hertog of Leuven University (Belgium), suggested that if the multiverse exists, it should have left a trace in the relict radiation. A probe with a special detector, which Hawking and Hertog offer to send into space, will be able to detect it. 

So it is possible that Green, Carroll, Hawking and Hertog are right. Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee recently announced their desire to find out whether multiverse or mirror images exist of our own reality. The New Scientist writes about this, so we are waiting for further details and hope that they will succeed soon!

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These people woke up in the future. Their memory erased dozens of years of life

Due to the rare form of amnesia, Naomi Jacobs and Kim Denikola forgot their decades of life. From their point of view, they suddenly found themselves in the future and were able to look from the outside at the changed world and at themselves many years later.

Kim did not know how she ended up in the hospital. On the eve in high school there were final exams. She remembered how she left school and headed for her car – and nothing more. Perhaps an accident has occurred? If so, then everything worked out, because she felt no pain.

The nurse noticed that the patient woke up and spoke to her. “Do you know what year it is?” she asked. The question was part of a neurological test for unconscious patients. “Yes, ma’am,” Kim replied politely. “It’s 1980 now.” The world goes crazy with a Rubik’s cube, Michael Jackson and Blondie, and in theaters, Darth Vader explains to Luke Skywalker who his father is. Kim was 18 years old, she was finishing school.

Kim Denikola with Ricky's friend in 1977 Photo: Kim Harris Denicola
Kim Denikola with Ricky’s friend in 1977 Photo: Kim Harris Denicola

The preoccupied nurse asked another standard question: “Who is the president now?” “Ronald Reagan,” Kim recalled. In November, a former actor won the Democrat election. Jimmy Carter has been at the head of the country since 1977, however, Reagan will enter into the rights only next year – after the inauguration in January. The answer did not at all have the effect that the girl was counting on.

The nurse left and returned with an unfamiliar old man. He turned to Kim as if he knew her well, although she definitely saw him for the first time. No one ever told her what happened. “I felt completely lost,” she says. – I kept waiting and waiting for when mom and dad appear. When you’re 18, it usually does. But they did not come.”

In the toilet, Kim looked in the mirror and saw herself in horror. “There wasn’t the girl I remembered, – “A 56-year-old woman was looking at me.” This was, in her words, the beginning of her “awakening.” She learned that almost 40 years have passed since school exams from her last memory. The unfamiliar old man is her husband, and they have children and even grandchildren, whom she completely does not remember. And the parents died.

Memory loss

According to the stories of relatives and friends, Kim Denikola restored the latest events before losing her memory. In October 2018, she returned from a weekly circle with her catholic church. On the street, her eyes clouded with a terrible headache. The woman called her husband. “He advised me not to drive, but to ask someone from the circle to take me to the hospital,” she says.

Kim Denicola Photo: David Denicola
Kim Denicola Photo: David Denicola

On the way, she lost consciousness – and the memory of everything that happened after 1980. Doctors believe that the woman survived transient global amnesia, but so far have not been able to determine the cause. “No one can say exactly what happened,” the woman complains. – It could be a microstroke that cannot be seen, or a small traumatic brain injury. Or perhaps a reaction to a cure for muscle pain that I took the night before the incident.”

People lose their memory in different ways. Soap opera characters who do not remember their name, past, or other people suffer from retrograde amnesia. With it, access to information about past events is partially or completely lost, but the rest of the memory is not disturbed.

Anterograde amnesia deprives people of the ability to create new memories. They remember everything that happened to them before the illness, but forget about what happened yesterday, an hour or even a minute ago. It was the suffering of the main character of the film “Memento”, directed by Christopher Nolan in 2000.

Transient global amnesia, which hit Kim Denikola, has the traits of both retrograde and anterograde amnesia. A person does not forget who he is and does not lose his skills (for example, the ability to drive a car), but loses his memory of the past and for some time loses the ability to create new memories. Fortunately, not forever. In most cases, transient global amnesia passes in a few hours or days, less often – weeks. Everything ends safely.

The most important memories, the hero of the film "Remember" tattooed on his skin Shot: the film "Remember"
The hero of the film “Memento” tattooed on his skin his most important memories. Frame: the film “Memento”

In 2012, the Dutch writer Daan Heerma van Voss faced transient global amnesia. The loss of memory was so short that it seems almost a curiosity. 

“All day friends, relatives and former lovers came to me to talk about what, in their opinion, was part of my life. I listened, nodded and instantly forgot their words, –he told New York Times. Gradually, I calmed down, and all my memories returned to me (however, who can guarantee that it is really all of them?). I was told that I did not have a stroke, there are no signs of permanent brain damage either. According to the doctors, I was in great shape.”

Journey to the future

The story of Naomi Jacobs from the UK, who survived transient global amnesia in 2008, is much like the case of Kim Denicola. Once she woke up with full confidence that she was 15 years old – 17 years less than in reality. “I remember looking at myself in the mirror and screaming, –she writes . – From the point of view of a 15-year-old girl, what I saw was horror. Who is this aging woman with wrinkles, spots and bags under her eyes? ”

Jacobs compares her feelings with time travel. Everything was new to her – both the world and her own life. But she, unlike Denikola, forgot only 17 years. She was transported into the future by as many as 38 years. “It was very interesting to see how much everything is different now than in the 1980s, how much has changed,” she says. – I did not know about Donald Trump, did not know who Barack Obama or Bill Clinton are. “

Naomi Jacobs Photo: iwokeupinthefuture.com
Naomi Jacobs Photo: iwokeupinthefuture.com

The only computer that she came across in 1980 was in the school library. “It was a big white box in which you had to insert a floppy disk to record information,” the woman says. “The last TV I remember was a drawer on the floor.” To switch the channel, I had to get up and go up to it. And now our TV is hanging on the wall, it is very narrow and thin. When you watch it, it’s a completely different sensation. ” She liked the video chat on the phone, the social networks were rather perplexing (to her taste, there are too many unnecessary disputes), and the television got better, but the dominance of advertising spoils everything.

Jacobs was more shocked by the meeting with himself. In her youth, she had no doubt that she would do something creative. Perhaps she will become a journalist and will travel around the world. “At 15, you don’t know who you will be at 32,” she admits. – When I woke up in the future, I wanted to say: “Wait, it’s not like I wanted.” I turned out to be a single mother, who vegetates with a cat in a tiny apartment and drives some kind of pimped. I had no work, I studied as a psychologist and lived on handouts from the state. How could this happen? I was terribly disappointed. “

New life

At first, Jacobs did not want to go to the doctors. It seemed to her that the next day she would wake up in the past, and everything would be fine. When this did not happen, the woman took out a diary that had been kept for almost 20 years and began to read it. There were answers to all her questions.

For Kim Denikola, the diary was replaced by a box of old photographs. “I’m slowly learning to connect names and faces, learning to live in 2019,” she says. Her amnesia has not passed for three months, and doctors do not exclude that the memory is lost forever.

Jacobs was lucky: her memory recovered after seven weeks. Seeing herself from aside, she decided to start her life anew. “Now everything is different,” she writes. – When I wake up, I focus on what is really important. I try to do something at least once a day that makes me like to be me. I used to be surrounded by people, because of which I thought of myself badly. After amnesia, I realized that you don’t need to think like that. This has become the foundation on which I am now building my life. ”

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The triangle of being. Do we live in 3 universes at the same time?

We are used to thinking that the Universe is what surrounds us. The universe includes galaxies, solar systems, stars, planets and ourselves. But what if the universe is in each of us? And not one, but two. Total, three Universes in which each person lives. Let’s look at each of them in more detail.

1. The universe is reality . This is what is around us, the visible Universe, the cosmos, physical reality.

2. The universe is thinking . Information, logical chains, assumptions, conclusions, judgments, a system of views and values ​​… all these are components of the second Universe in which a person lives. What happens in the head of an individual person may not be connected with the universe-reality. Human thinking is the world that each of us creates for himself. Creates, modifies and complements. Thus, each of us people is the creator of a whole unique Universe.

3. The universe is a dream . This Universe, in which two others meet: reality and thinking, but it is not only a meeting place. Dreams have their components, as in other universes, their objects and the connections between them, there is some logic, meaning. However, a person can not always understand the meaning of sleep. It is believed that dreams are formed from a person’s previous experience. But this is a very simple explanation that is not true. Often people in dreams see what is not and was not in their lives, not at all on this planet and in its visible surroundings. In the future, the Universe-dream will become more understandable, predictable and manageable. Yes, people of the future will be able to choose what to watch in a dream, and in detail. It is possible that such technological solutions will appear in the Universe-reality in the coming decades.

Thus, each of us does not live in one Universe, but in three at the same time. Apparently, each of them is somehow connected with the rest. For example, the thought that has arisen (Universe-thinking) may be the result of a dream (Universe-dream) and serve as a reason for creating an object (Universe-reality).

The triangle of being is three Universes, the first of which was created by man (the Universe-reality), the second is created by man (the Universe-thinking), and the third is the result of the interaction of reality and thinking (Universe-dream). The triangle of being is not static. He is in constant motion. Due to this, every day we think not the same thoughts, every night we see different dreams and what is happening in reality today does not coincide with what happened yesterday.

The triangle of being is always growing. The universe-reality is expanding, new stars, planets, new objects created by man appear, … The universe-thinking generates new thoughts and connections between them, people today know more than yesterday. The dream universe every time shows a person a new result of the interaction of reality and thinking, adding something of their own, thereby increasing the number of dreams a person sees.

Three Universes in which a person lives … Or maybe there is a fourth, which is hidden from our view and understanding?

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