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Wait, Have I Been Here Before? The Curious Case of Déjà Vu

Déjà vu is a rare occurrence, but you know it when you feel it. As you walk through a new city for the first time, something familiar clicks in your mind, giving you pause. You’ve definitely been here before.

But you haven’t. So what gives?

Well, no one really knows for sure. The origin of déjà vu (French for “already seen”), a sense of familiarity with something entirely new, remains hidden somewhere deep in our brains. The phenomenon is difficult to study—most people, when they experience déjà vu, aren’t hooked up to a bunch of electrodes, with clipboard-toting researchers at the ready.

However, scientists have pondered the question for quite some time: A description of a déjà vu experience in patients with epilepsy appears as early as 1888. The observation was no coincidence—those with some types of epilepsy seem to feel déjà vu more often than those without the neurological disorder. Research on such patients showed that their feelings of déjà vu were likely linked to seizure activity in the medial temporal lobe, the part of the brain associated with sensory perception, speech production and memory association.

During a seizure, neurons misfire, sending mixed-up messages to different parts of the body. For these patients, déjà vu is a result of getting their wires crossed. When some patients undergo brain surgery to stop the seizures, they wake up to a world free of the phenomenon.

Some scientists posit that similar neural misfiring—a glitch in the system—also causes healthy, seizure-free brains to experience a sense of familiarity when there’s no reason to.

A second hypothesis involves another brain error; this time, the problem is with our memory, says Anne Cleary, a cognitive psychology professor at Colorado State University. Something about a new situation or setting activates a memory of a similar past experience, but our brains fail to recall it. Cleary offers this scenario to help explain: Imagine you’re visiting Paris for the first time, and you have arrived at the Louvre. Your gaze lands on the giant glass pyramid jutting out of the museum’s main courtyard, and you get that strange feeling.

At that moment, your brain is failing to retrieve a memory that could explain it away: A few months ago, you watched The Da Vinci Code, a film that provides an up-close look at the Louvre Pyramid. “In the absence of recalling that specific experience,” Cleary says. “You’re left only with this feeling of familiarity with the current situation.”

Cleary suspected that this sense of familiarity results from our ability to remember the spatial configuration of surroundings. To test this hypothesis, she set out to induce déjà vu in a laboratory setting (PDF). Using the life simulation game The Sims, Cleary and her team built two scenes, different in their features but identical in their layout. The first was a courtyard setting featuring a potted tree in the center, encircled by various plants, and hanging plant baskets on the walls. The second was a museum setting that swapped the tree for a large statue, the floor plants with rugs and the hanging baskets with sconces.

When participants explored the second room, they reported experiencing a feeling of déjà vu, but they couldn’t connect that to their time spent navigating the first room. “People do have an increased sense of déjà vu when the scene has a similar layout, but they’re failing to recall the source of that familiarity,” Cleary says.

Yet another possible explanation for déjà vu, says Cleary, dates back to 1928, when psychology Edward Titchener described the sensation using the example of crossing a street. As we begin to cross a street, we instinctively look to the left, but if something catches our attention on our right, we turn in that direction. By the time we look to our left again, our brains may have forgotten the first glance. This second glance triggers a feeling of familiarity, because, in this case, we really have seen something before.

In many cases, people who experience déjà vu can’t pinpoint why it’s happening. But for what it’s worth, our brains are trying to tell us, Cleary says. Tip-of-the-tongue experiences work in much the same way: for instance, we know that we know the name of that actor in that one movie, but we can’t pull it to the front of our minds. “When retrieval does fail, our memories still have a way of alerting us to the fact that there’s something relevant in there,” she says. “There’s something there that maybe we want to keep searching for.”

Source: blogs.smithsonianmag.com

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Miracle in Colombia – A saint statue rescues city dwellers from landslide

Residents of the city of Jericó, in the Colombian department of Antioquia, are sure that it is the statue of St. Montoya which rescued them from a heavy landslide a week ago because of heavy rains.

The altar with the statue was located on the slope of the mountain from which the landslide descended. Muddy streams flooded the streets and destroyed more than 10 houses. However, none of the locals died or even seriously injured, and the statue itself was not damaged at all.

However, more than a thousand people lost access to their homes and were evacuated.

Local priest Jesus Herrera told reporters:

“We consider it a true sacred miracle that nobody was killed, and Los Aguacates did not collapse.”

Only two people were slightly injured – an elderly woman and a small child. This muddy landslide floods the entire surrounding area, including the city streets.

According to locals, at such a level of disaster, there would have been many more casualties had it not been for the protection of St. Montoya.

The statue of the patron saint of the city of St. Laura Montoya (Saint Laura Montoya), was installed here in 1919, in honor of a true Catholic nun.

She was Colombia’s first saint. Immediately after the statue was erected, worshipers began to visit it, finding it miraculous.

One of the locals says:

“Apart from material damage, we have no reason to cry. I’m sure we were all saved from the miracle the saint gave us. “

Mariana Garces, another resident says:

“Just look at all this horror that is now on our streets. No one can help us, but I think, nevertheless, someone or something intervenes. I already believe that there are spiritual powers in these places, and I am not the most religious person. “

In addition to Heriko, heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslides in six other Antioquia regions, but there the effects were smaller and only 3 houses were completely destroyed.

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Imperishable

Among the saints of the Catholic Church there are those whose bodies are still preserved incorrupt. This phenomenon has not yet been explained in the scientific community. For access to the pilgrims “imperishable” placed in special glazed sarcophagi.

Below are the top 10 most famous incorruptible saints of the Roman Church.

1. Saint Bernadette of Lourdes (January 7, 1844 – April 16, 1879)

She lived in the town of Lourdes in southern France. Bernadette was the Virgin Mary, there were only 18 appearances. Despite the fact that the Catholic Church was skeptical at first, subsequently, after a thorough canonical investigation, these phenomena were officially recognized. After death, Bernadette’s body remained incorrupt and Lourdes (and after the city of Nevers, to which the body was transported) soon became one of the main places of pilgrimage, attracting millions of Catholics every year. On December 8, 1933, Bernadette was canonized.

Saint Bernadette of Lourdes (January 7, 1844 - April 16, 1879)

2. St. John Vianney (May 8, 1786 – August 4, 1859)

He was a French parish priest. He is known for his active work, which contributed to the spiritual transformation of society. After death, he is called the “patron saint of priests.”

St. John Vianney (May 8, 1786 - August 4, 1859)

3. Saint Theresa Margarita of the Sacred Heart (1747-1770)

On March 19, 1934, Pope Pius XI ranked Teresa Margarita as a saint. Before that, she was practically unknown to anyone. She led a quiet and modest life in the monastery of Carmelites. Died March 7, 1770 at the age of 22 years. Two days after the death of St. Theresa Margarita in 1770, a nun of the Order of the Sacred Heart, there were no signs on the body of the deceased, which during her life turned him into a swollen purple mass.

Saint Theresa Margarita of the Sacred Heart (1747-1770)

4. Saint Vincent de Paul (April 24, 1581 – September 27, 1660)

Vincent was born in 1581 in a village near Dax in a poor peasant family, studied theology in Toulouse. In 1600 he was ordained a priest. During one of the trips to the south, he was captured by the Berbers and taken to Tunisia, into slavery. In 1607, he was released and was able to return to his homeland. In 1612 he was appointed rector of a parish near Paris. One of the main merits of St. Vincent is the creation of a harmonious system for the training of priests: a pre-seminary and seminaries. Saint Vincent died in 1660 in Paris. Pope Benedict XIII proclaimed him blessed on August 12, 1729, and Pope Clement XII canonized July 16, 1737. The relics of St. Vincent are stored in the chapel, named after him, on Sevres Street in Paris.

Saint Vincent de Paul (April 24, 1581 - September 27, 1660)

5. Saint Sylvanas

Little is known about this saint, except that he was a martyr for his faith. Given its 1,600-year-old age, it has been perfectly preserved.

Saint Sylvanas

6. Saint Veronica Giuliani (December 27, 1660 – July 9, 1727)

According to legend, she spoke at the age of 18 months, beginning to reproach the seller-deceiver with the words: “Show yourself from the best side, God sees you!”. In 1677, at the age of seventeen, she entered the Capuchin Sisters Monastery. The monastery went through all the steps of the monastic hierarchy from the cook to the abbess. In 1694, she experienced mystical revelations. Three years later, on April 5, 1697 during Good Friday, she showed stigmata. After this event, at the request of the confessors, she began to keep a spiritual diary, which after her death amounted to more than twenty-two thousand pages. In this diary, she described her mystical experience of absolute union with Jesus Christ. July 9, 1727 died after a long illness.

Saint Veronica Giuliani (December 27, 1660 - July 9, 1727)

7. Saint Zita (p. 1212 – 27 April 1272)

At the age of 12, she began to serve at the Fatinelli family home. For a long time, employers overloaded the girl with work, despised her simple origin, and often beat her. The constant piety and patience of Zita brought the Fatinelli family to Christian conversion. Zita considered her work a calling from God and an element of personal repentance. Zita died at the age of 60, having served 48 years to the Fatinelli family. After her death, members of this family began to revere Zita as a saint. In 1580, her body was exhumed and it turned out that the relics of St. Zita were incorrupt. They were transferred to the Basilica of St. Frediano in the city of Lucca, where they are currently stored.

Saint Zita (p. 1212 - 27 April 1272)

8. Saint Don Bosco (August 16, 1815 – January 31, 1888)

He was an Italian priest, educator and teacher. To realize his intentions of working with youth, Bosco founded the monastic society of St. Francis Salsky (now known as the Salesians of Don Bosco).

Saint Don Bosco (August 16, 1815 - January 31, 1888)

9. Blessed Pope Pius IX (May 13, 1792 – February 7, 1878)

It went down in history as the Pope, who proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and convened the First Vatican Council, which approved dogmatically the doctrine of the infallibility of the Roman high priest. Pontificate Pius IX – the longest in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, after the Apostle Peter. It lasted 31 years, 7 months and 22 days.

Blessed Pope Pius IX (May 13, 1792 - February 7, 1878)

10. Blessed Pope John XXIII (November 25, 1881 – June 3, 1963)

The 261st Pope, convened the Second Vatican Council, but did not live to see it end. Actually, it’s not completely imperishable, because after death it was embalmed.

Blessed Pope John XXIII (November 25, 1881 - June 3, 1963)

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Global Mind Energy Report: Impact of Mass Meditations HIGH

The following report details the current state of geomagnetic activity and resulting effects on human consciousness. This can be used to guide one’s activities in meditation, mass meditation, personal energy work, and self-mastery practices.

Report: The impact of individual and coordinated mass meditations will be HIGH.

Geomagnetic activity is stabilizing, ranging from 1 to 2 of the Kp Index. The speed of the solar wind is trending down while density is picking up. Calm conditions are expected for the next few days as the solar wind stream normalizes.

Personal Effects: High synchronicities, precognition, deja vu, energetic downloads, and connectivity to cosmic energy systems.

Social Effects: High capacity for telepathic exchanges in small or large groups.

Universal Effects: High energy and information streaming in from the celestial bodies, like surrounding planets, as well as stars, the galactic sun, and other galaxies.

Forecast: Meditations for the collective via outer work should have a high impact for 72 hours.


Inner Work: Develop gratitude for the cosmic lessons received in the form of mirroring of oneself, like stubbing a toe, a friend being upset with us, or the genuine reactions of others and ourselves to life events. All is information that reveals the nature of self and reality. If one does not consciously invoke acceptance of circumstances and emboldens themselves to overcome those obstacles via inner growth, it is likely one will feel emotional upset and angst. But with purpose and dedication to self-mastery, all challenges can be overcome so as to develop wisdom, personal growth, and a spiritual character. Strive to know thyself and this will help one know the world and others.

Outer Work: During quiet geomagnetic conditions, focus your meditations on forgiveness, social harmony, relaxation of tensions, and collective healing. Strive to be honest and transparent with your desires that affect others. See the other self an extension of your own being, developing unconditional love balanced by honest communication and clear agreements. When personal expectations are not met and communication with others isn’t clear, this is an opportunity to reflect on the methods of how we manifest our desires (with honesty and explicit communication or cowardice, fear, and blind faith others know what we want). Social harmony is the constant building of trust with oneself and others, which creates inner and outer peace, harmony, and abundance.

Note: The recommendation and impact of meditations report only analyze the electromagnetic (material) aspect of consciousness, operating within the subluminal electromagnetic spectrum. Other, super-material, energetic, or spiritual mediums of informational transference (telepathic and energetic effects of meditation) will likely still have a profound effect, even if the geomagnetic conditions are chaotic that day. Please do not assume this report is suggesting you avoid meditating on days when the impact is forecasted to be low. 

Scientific Basis of Telepathy, Mass Meditation, and Global Field Effects:

The human organism is energetically linked to the earth via electromagnetic interactions in the extremely low-frequency range (ELF). These frequencies interact with the global system via the Schumann Resonances, ranging from 7.83hz up to 39hz. The human body, particularly the heart and brain, resonate at the same frequency range, measured by an EKG and EEG.

The heart is a piezoelectric liquid crystal oscillator that produces strong electromagnetic pulses, which are governed or attenuated by the brain, radiating outwardly up to 30 feet from the body. By way of inducing coherent states of mind (usually through meditation and/or chanting, sounding, yoga, or qi gong), the mind can focus the energies of the heart into a coherent field that is able to interact or “link up” with the global field.

Dr. Michael Persinger conducted research on the global mind, postulating that the geomagnetic field, due to the Schumann frequency ranges, has the potential to link up with the human mind, allowing information to be “stored” in the earth’s field. He was able to historically demonstrate that during times of low geomagnetic activity, individuals experienced greater spontaneous cognition or received telepathic downloads. Conversely, during times of high geomagnetic activity, telepathic downloads decreased.

Dr. Persinger also worked with Ingo Swann, an exemplary remote viewer who was involved in the DIA’s Star Gate Program. Experiments were conducted that involved placing Swann in a coherent magnetic field with a second participant who was asked to look at a photograph. Swann then entered a meditative state and “viewed” the drawing via the coherent field and the other person’s mind. This enabled him to draw statistically significant depictions of what the second participant was viewing. Dr. Persinger was able to prove that a coherent magnetic field provides an energetic medium for the exchange of information between minds.

The geomagnetic field is the largest field on earth, immersing all living things and human beings within a coherent magnetic field. Via the principle of entrainment or synchronization, governed by electromagnetic sympathetic resonance, information within a human mind can be “uploaded” to the geomagnetic field, which can then be “downloaded” to other people and have stabilizing effects on any electric body. The greater the coherence of the individual, the more likely they are to inform the geomagnetic field. The greater the coherence of the geomagnetic field, the more likely the information can be shared between individuals.

During times of low geomagnetic activity, the human organism’s electromagnetic field embeds within the geomagnetic field (phase conjugation), allowing information to be exchanged between each system coherently (without degradation).

During times of high geomagnetic activity, the human organism’s electromagnetic field disconnects from the geomagnetic field, which has the effect of isolating each system from other systems.

Effects

When people take the time to make themselves mentally and energetically coherent, by way of meditation techniques, while also visualizing or praying for peace, various types of stabilization effects can occur. The Maharishi effect stabilized social systems, reducing crime and overall suffering of people on earth.

In 1960, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi predicted that one percent of a population practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique would produce measurable improvements in the quality of life for the whole population. This phenomenon was first noticed in 1974 and reported in a paper published in 1976. Here, the finding was that when 1% of a community practiced the Transcendental Meditation® program, then the crime rate was reduced by 16% on average. At this time, the phenomenon was named Maharishi Effect. The meaning of this term was later extended to cover the influence generated by the group practice of the TM-Sidhi® program. Generally, the Maharishi Effect may be defined as the influence of coherence and positivity in the social and natural environment generated by the practice of the TM and TM-Sidhi programs. (source)

Dan Winter postulates that the effects of a coherent mind can be used to “steer a tornado” via a phase conjugate dielectric bioplasma produced by a shaman or person who has developed abilities in meditation and energy practices. In other words, an individual can produce a bioelectric field that allows them to merge with another field, influencing the second to some degree.

This can be simply described by having genuine empathy (care) and compassion for living energy systems, which could be people, places, weather systems, countries, and even the entire planet. Non-living “empathy”—electromagnetic connection between humans and dead buildings made out of steel and aluminum—reduce the coherence of the person, and are to be avoided.

Meditating in nature or being surrounded by natural materials, like a wooden house or a cave, increases bioelectric coherence, strengthening an individual’s ability to affect other systems. Conversely, attempting to link up with the earth’s field from within an artificial “dead” structure, will reduce energetic embedding effects. You can’t connect to the global field in a steel building as well as you can in a natural setting. 

Meditating in close proximity with other people, particularly after hugging each person for a least 20 seconds, will increase the individual’s brain-heart coherence. This effect also transfers to groups, a kind of energetic tuning that increases the energy embedding effects mentioned above. Group meditation, after tuning, have a greater impact than individual meditations.

These effects suggest that depending on an individual’s ability to develop coherence as well as what they visualize, they can have a profound impact on stabilizing weather and seismology.

Additional Resources: 

Effects of Geomagnetic, Solar and Other Factors on Humans

https://welovemassmeditation.blogspot.com

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