Monday, December 11, 2017

Bitter & Sweet - An Insight from M.N. Hopkins

For the physical body,  bitterness is often a catalyst to health and sweetness is often a catalyst to sickness.

For the emotional body,  the opposite is true.  Sweetness promotes health and bitterness promotes sickness.

For Spirit,  bitter and sweet are just a part of the human experience.  In a sense from a Soul's perspective,  we take the bitter with the sweet.

Knowing this, change is a matter of changing one's point of reference.   Bitter or sweet being beneficial or harmful or neutral depending on where we are viewing from.

M.N. Hopkins

Note:  I was thinking about a person who was so bitter about life and not achieving what he believed should be his role in this world or better said,  not having others accept him as an advisor or guru.   I reflected on unrealistic expectations and ego directed thinking and the relationship between bitter and sweet popped into my head.  Many healing remedies are bitter whereas sweets can lead to illness. On the emotional level it is quite the opposite.  As far as Spirit, it's all a part of life in this world.  I thought about it some and wrote down some thoughts last night and this morning and the above insight is the result.

Five Words Are Needed - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins



Five words are needed

Say en masse to the rulers

We will not do that

© 2017   M.N. Hopkins


Note:  I started this poem last night and finished writing it today along with another poem plus a reflection or insight.  I will post this one second and the others later today or tomorrow.  I chose to write it in the haiku style of poetry which I believe leads the readers to their own insights.  I published it for the first time today, the 11 of December 2017 on my blog. 

We Live In A World - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins



We live in a world

Founded on freedom of choice

Yet, we live as slaves  

© 2017  M.N. Hopkins

Note:  I started this poem last night and finished writing it today along with another poem plus a reflection or insight.  I will post this one first and the others later today or tomorrow.  I chose to write it in the haiku style of poetry which I believe leads the readers to their own insights.  I published it for the first time today, the 11 of December 2017 on my blog. 

If you wish to read more of my poems, please click on the link provided below:

Poems by M.N. Hopkins

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Your Brain on Music: How Your Favorite Songs May Regenerate Your Brain and Act as the Ultimate Adaptogen by Ali Le Vere


Your Brain on Music: How Your Favorite Songs May Regenerate Your Brain and Act as the Ultimate Adaptogen

by Ali Le Vere

Green Med Info.            30 November 2017

Music, which may be the most ancient human language, has the potential to improve neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders by creating new brain cells and neural connectivity. Not only that, but music restores hormonal and immunological balance in a way mirroring adaptogenic herbs.

The Evolution of Music
Music, the universal language, has been woven into the fabric of human culture since time immemorial. Rather than being a modern human invention, the creation of musical harmonies, using the voice as an instrument, and moving to rhythms may have long been crystallized as part of the human condition. A historical facet of the human condition, research implicates music in the cementing of social bonds, the establishment of monogamy, and as a primitive mode of communication (1). In fact, by forging social communion and engendering a sense of group identity, musicmay have been foundational to the emergence of large-scale pre-human civilizations (1).
When Homo sapiens arrived in Europe forty thousand years ago, they drove the Neanderthals, one of our hominid cousins, to extinction. Archeological evidence demonstrates that the arrival of Homo sapiens coincided with the time to which elaborate art adorning caves found in southeastern France and northern Italy has been dated, as well as other artistic expressions such as carved figurines, symbolic artifacts, and sophisticated bone and ivory musical instruments (1). While some researchers argue that music may have contributed to the social cohesion that led Homo sapiens to dominate over our Neanderthal cousins, there are many flaws in this logic as Neanderthal instruments may have been made from perishable objects which were not subject to preservation (1).
However, archaeologists have surmised that a more primitive human relative, Homo heidelbergensis, as well as Neanderthals, had access to at least one instrument at their disposal: the human voice (1). Their fossils contain a bone known as the hyoid at an anatomical position resembling that of contemporary humans, which means that their voice boxes were descended enough to allow speech and singing (1). This implies that singing conferred some sort of evolutionary advantage, the nature of which has been hotly contested. One promising theory, advanced by Leslie Aiello and Robin Dunbar, is that primitive song mediated the transmission of emotional states at a larger scale than physical grooming of insects, a more rudimentary form of social bonding, would accomplish (1).
However, even more plausible is that the versatility of the voice evolved in order to facilitate motherese, an early form of baby-talk that allowed prehistoric mothers to console their babies from a distance while they engaged in other activities (1). Scientist Dean Falk, a proponent of this theory, advocates that this motherese became the precursor to proto-language and proto-music (1). Therefore, our brains are literally wired from birth to receive musical tones. In fact, neural circuits originally serving another function may have been repurposed in evolutionary history for the processing of music.
This may be why anthropological and ethnomusicological studies reveal that contemporary hunter-gatherer cultures use music therapeutically, which provides us insight as to the ways in which our predecessors may have incorporated music into their healing arts. That many people in fast-paced industrialized societies lead lives devoid of music is a testament to the evolutionary mismatch of modern times which has divorced us from our very nature.
Music Rewires The Brain
In one study, researchers examined the brains of individuals using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a technique that tracks cerebral blood flow (2). They found that when subjects listened to songs from their preferred musical genres, they exhibited enhanced levels of brain connectivity (2). Most pronounced was connectivity in the brain region called the default mode or resting-state network, which is implicated in internal mentation, or “the introspective and adaptive mental activities in which humans spontaneously and deliberately engage in every day” (2).
This brain area, which may be compromised in neurological disorders such as autismschizophreniadepressionpost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer's disease, is correlated with internally focused thoughts such as daydreaming, past recall, empathy, and self-awareness, which illuminates why music has been shown to trigger self-referential thoughts and memories (3, 4, 5). “Described as functioning somewhat like a toggle switch between outwardly focused mind states and the internal or subjective sense of self, this network appears to include mind-wandering experiences such as imagining the future, the discovering of new possibilities (hopes), and the affective significance of aspirations or dreams” (6).
Activation of the default mode network (DMN) is also crucial for processing psychosocial interactions and more advanced cognitive abilities such as reading comprehension, creativity, moral evaluations, and divergent thinking (7). In addition, stimulating the DMN may recruit previously encoded memories and support cognitive processes within domains that are compromised in neurodegenerative diseases, such as the processing of autobiographical, episodic, and socio-emotional memories as well as self-reflective thought (6).
In the fMRI experiment, the hippocampus was another brain region where connectivity between nerve cells was altered when subjects heard their favorite song, regardless of its acoustic characteristics (6). The hippocampus is essential for the acquisition of emotional and social memories, a process which may be disturbed in neurodegenerative disease (6).

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Your Heart Will Never Betray You - A Guest Post by Sir Albert Holmes

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Your heart will never betray you but you can always betray your heart.

Sir Albert Holmes
Philosophical Artist

If you wish to view more of Sir Albert's art, please click on the link provided below:

Sir Albert Holmes @ minds.com

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Voice Of Silence - The Wisdom Of Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov



Voice of silence, and the - conditions to be able to hear it

"Silence is the essential condition that allows us to hear the true word, true revelations. In silence, little by little you feel the messages from the spiritual world reach you, a voice seeks to warn you, to give you advice, to guide you, to protect you...

You might say that you don’t hear this voice. It is because you are making too much noise, not only on the physical level, but also on the astral and mental levels: there are so many chaotic feelings and thoughts that constantly clash within you. This voice that speaks to you is called ‘the voice of silence’, and it even appears as the title of certain books of oriental wisdom. When the yogi manages to calm everything within themself and to stop the flow of their thoughts – because in its movement, thought also creates noise – they then hear this voice of silence which is the very voice of God. "


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving 2017 + What Is Thanksgiving? - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

2017

23 November 2017

What Is Thanksgiving?


What is Thanksgiving?

Eating turkey with stuffing?

Be thankful in life

©  2017  M. N. Hopkins

Note:  This poem was started yesterday and edited and finished today, the 22nd of November 2017.
I published it along with a Thanksgiving greeting from my blog to all it's readers whom I am very grateful for or shall I say, thankful for.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Down The Corridor - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins



Down the corridor

You may be in confusion

Find the doorway out

© 2017  M.N. Hopkins

Note:   This poem was written in the form of haiku and first published on my blog today,  the 16th of November 2017.   It was based on one line of an old inspirational writing.  "Down the corridor of confusion lies the doorway to your freedom".

When You Vibrate With The Pulse Of Nature - An Insight by Magnus Ericsson

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På svenska.   In Swedish.

När du vibrerar på samma nivå som naturens inneboende puls så känner du dig lugn i sinnet och din kropp känns avslappnad.

Det är endast då som kroppens självläkande mekanismer kan göra sitt jobb till fullo, och då kommer din kropp, och ditt sinne, att börja läka sig själva.


©  2017  Magnus Ericsson

Monday, November 13, 2017

One Can Reside InThe Air For So Long......A Quotation from M.N. Hopkins



One can reside in the air for so long, then one must land and plant one's feet on the Earth. The knowledge is from a heavenly source, yet is to be used in a human way, amongst humankind. There are many chosen, yet few will carry the torch to lite the way home. Come and be as one of us and reveal these truths to your fellow kind.  THAT ALL ARE OF GOD'S LIGHT, ALL A FRAGMENT OF A LARGER PLAN. ALL A PART OF THE WHOLE.

©  M.N. Hopkins

Life - A Journey Of Discovery - A Guest Post by Michael Brine


Life – A Journey of Discovery. 


“ The theme of the Grail story is the bringing of life into the wasteland ---- The wasteland is people out of authenticity living someone else’s life path ----- Upon entering the forest where it is the darkest there is no path ----- Those who can see and enter the Castle of the Grail are those with spiritual readiness.” Joseph Campbell.


Extract from a letter I recently wrote to a friend:


“Once we are consciously aware that life is a “Journey of Discovery” we will be drawn, from time to time in that Journey, to “teachers” or individuals we feel are more aware than we are and from whom we can learn and benefit by connecting with them. So, as I have seen in my life, as I have journeyed I have had the incredible benefit of several teachers who have pushed me on – and who, when I look back, knew when it was time to kick me out of the their nest lest I become too comfortable in it and by giving my power away to them would begin to stagnate. By kicking me out there has been a period of simply ‘travelling’ with the necessary opportunity of living what I had learned from that teacher. In other words putting it to the test by being out of the classroom.


Once learned then in time another would appear or to whom I would be drawn and again the help is given to inspire and motivate me to further the unfolding of this that we search for – only to begin to realize that we have always been ‘there’ and each teacher helped to remove another layer of the blindfolds! These are the True teachers for there is no thought of self-aggrandizement or glorification – Only a profound love and dedication to the Journey and all that It means.


Those “teachers” who attempt to hang on to students and attempt to draw others into their nest are not those whom I seek – nor I suspect do you.”


Some other writings by Michael Brine or sharings such as this can be accessed on the following web site www.missionignition.net/btb . His e-mail address is wild.brine621@gmail.com if you wish to make any comments to him.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Discouragement And How To Overcome It




Discouragement - methods to overcome it

"Faced with some failures, you might feel discouraged to the point that you tell yourself, ‘I am incompetent, weak and stupid.’ Very well, you may well be all that, but it is dangerous for you to dwell on it. When you experience states of this kind, show that you still have a little intelligence and make efforts to think, ‘All right, I may not amount to much, but there is a world of rich, beautiful, and wise beings, and I am going to unite with them by means of thought in order to benefit from their qualities and virtues.’ I assure you that this will help you.

Also, try to recall all the wonderful moments of peace, light, and inspiration that you have already experienced, for you have experienced at least some. And since you have experienced them, they cannot be wiped out. Cling to those moments, and little by little, courage and faith will return to you."