Sunday, January 29, 2012

Skeptics on Strieber: Magonia Blog

Expected review of Strieber; comments left, including one by Strieber himself who remarks that if riches were to be had from exploring and sharing one's anomalous experiences, he wouldn't have had to declare bankruptcy or lose his home, etc.

I have a couple of thoughts on the skeptoid's responses to experiencers of the strange. Those of us who experience a variety of weirdness are somehow fabricators, because of the variety of strangeness. Ghosts and UFOs and entities and telepathy and ....? It's all too much. Therefore, it's all crap. It doesn't seem to occur to them that there might be clues to the enigma in all that seeming variety of experience.

The second thought: that some of these memories, experiences and travels through one's own anomalous journey might be, at times, manipulated by humans. Yep, I do indeed mean sinister forces. It often seems beyond possibility for debunkers to consider that there is an orchestrated manipulation of phenomena by psychotic and sociopathic humans. THE MAGONIA BLOG: THE STRIEBER ENIGMA

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Yoga, pt 2

OK, so more about yoga.  I went to my first official yoga class the other night and it was possibly even more amazing that my private consultation.  The form of yoga I am taking is rather new (mixed with old, of course), it is Dahn Yoga.  A mixture of yoga, tai chi and meditation.

I hope to some day meet the creator of this form of yoga, Ilchi Lee.

Not because he is necessarily a genius, but because he has managed to merge common sense, intuitive methods that most people may in some way instinctively know but shrug off as being woo-woo.  I include myself in that.  In a certain way that is genius.

Aside from the yoga and tai chi, this is the first time ever that someone has explained mediation to me in a way that makes sense. Previously I avoided anything to do with meditation because I did not feel that I could do it.  Last night at class, I literally was worried that I had to keep a grip to prevent having an OBE, which I would rather do in the privacy of my own home.  Perhaps some day I will be more open about that.

Oh, and my instructor, Jo, she is just awesome!  Someone you would hope to be teaching you and not someone you are just stuck with.

Most of all - The pain in my neck and back are totally gone.  I am going to guess that a lot of that was stress, but also that we can heal ourselves if we are trying.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

There is always more to learn

Some days it just hits me that there is so much still to learn that I want to learn about.  That is how today was.

I had a consultation at a Body & Brain Holistic Yoga center near my house.

I once attended what was supposedly a yoga class, but it was more of an exercise class.  Well, and last summer I did some yoga at home using DVD instructors or books - that was also more like exercise.  Never felt I was doing it right either.  For some reason as I searched the internet at 4 in the morning last weekend this particular yoga center stuck out for me and not really just because it is fairly near my house.  I can't really explain why and maybe that is the esoteric part of this post.  Anyhow, I scheduled an appointment.

I had about an hour private consultation and I am amazed at how much I learned in that short time and how great I felt when I left.

Jo took time to really find out about me and what my problems were and how I was feeling.  That alone was great!

Some just little things, like most women love massages and I really kind of hate them.  I just don't like strangers touching me.  I had assumed that that was because I was some sort of cold bitch! :-)  However, Jo explained to me that it is because I am too sensitive and the energy of others really affects me.  Duh!  Once she said it, it made perfect sense!  It is totally true.  I can normally sense someone's mood or stress, even if they aren't touching me and it does affect me.

Also, I learned some really simple practices for my neck and back pain that helped so much that I can't tell you the last time I felt so relaxed and pain free!

I loved it so much that I am hoping to be able to make it to a class at least twice a week!  Will keep updating on my progress and anything interesting I learn from it.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Paranormal Elements in Jane Eyre

I received a Kindle for Christmas and have been enjoying it very much. I downloaded several books in the public domain; including one of my favorite novels, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. I've read Jane Eyre at a number of times in my life, and still find the novel a wonderful read. But for the first while reading the book I noticed several passages referencing paranormal elements. Fairies, the "green" people, black dog, Jane's feelings of a preternatural nature. So I wondered if there was anything written about this and Googled "paranormal elements in Jane Eyre" and this is the first thing that came up on the Burnt Toast Film blog; a post from 2009: (I don't think the blog is active.): Paranormal Elements in Jane Eyre and the Realm of the Feminine.