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Thoughts are Things: Placebo vs Nocebo

© Lois Greenfield

THE uplifting adage “attitude is altitude” aptly pinpoints how the power of positive thought and intention affects every aspect of our lives.

“For decades, scientists have tried to test the power of prayer and positive thinking, with mixed results,” writes NPR National Desk religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty about a study on the science of spirituality.

“Now some scientists,” she writes, “are fording new, and controversial territory.” In an area of esoteric inquiry which is sometimes called Mental Alchemy and/or Metaphysics, a lot of thinkers over the ages have stated the idea in various ways.

The conviction that the thoughts one thinks are the great determiners of the content of one’s life, inspires  many to forge on despite difficult life circumstances.

Ancient wisdom traditions maintain that thoughts are actual things, and that one’s thoughts are the result of an unalterable universal law called “Cause and Effect,” and will manifest themselves at some point in one’s life.

“Cause and Effect”

“Remembering thoughts are things — have tenacity, coherence, and life, — that they are real entities — the rest will become plain.”

[The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, Letter No. 9]

The law of Cause and Effect can also be described as a law that says, “For every action, there is a reaction.”  Since thoughts are actual things, and since thoughts are also actions, it means that the thoughts will invariably cause a reaction that will result in the manifestation of those thoughts.

“Magnetic Threads”

“No act is performed without a thought at its root either at the time of performance or as leading to it. These thoughts are lodged in that part of man which we have called Manas — the mind — and there remain as subtle but powerful links with magnetic threads that enmesh the solar system.” 

[William Q. Judge, The Ocean of Theosophy, Chapter 11 – “Karma”]

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“Our Destiny is Written in the Stars”

Destiny of Stars

ASTROLOGY is unscientific superstition most modern scientists believe. Yet, true philosophy seeks “rather to solve than to deny” says Theosophy.

“It is an axiom of the philosophic student,” Blavatsky affirmed, “that truth generally lies between the extremes.” This is what the ancients meant by Astrology she insisted.

“Mention the word ‘astrology’ and skeptics go into an epileptic fit,” natural health researcher Mike Adams says.

“The idea that someone’s personality could be imprinted at birth according to the position of the sun, moon and planets,” Adams notes, “has long been derided as ‘quackery’ by the so-called ‘scientific’ community which resists any notion based on holistic connections between individuals and the cosmos.

“According to the conventional view, your genes and your parenting determine your personality, and the position of planet Earth at the time of your birth has nothing to do with it.”

Our Genes

As H. P. Blavatsky in The Secret Doctrine 1:272, put it:

modern science believes not in the ‘soul of things,’ and hence will reject the whole system of ancient cosmogony.

“Seasonal Biology”

“Then again, conventional scientists don’t believe the position of the moon has anything to do with life on Earth, either,” Adams writes. “They dismiss the wisdom that farmers have known for ages — that planting seeds or transplanting living plants in harmony with the moon cycles results in higher crop yields. Even the seeds inside humans are strongly influenced by the moon, as menstruation cycles and moon cycles are closely synchronized (28 days, roughly).”

And recently, scientific studies showing planetary imprinting called “seasonal biology” have confirmed the underlying principle of astrology. The scientific study shows that planetary positions do, surprisingly, influence our biological clocks. Why not our psychological and mental states as well?

Biological Imprinting

Occult Influences

“The ancients always considered the ‘ambient’ – or entire heaven – at birth,” Blavatsky colleague William Q. Judge wrote in Astrological Influences, “as being that which affected man.”

New Age Guru, H. P. Blavatsky, referred often to astrology in her Theosophical writings, as in the following lines from “The Theosophist” in Blavatsky Collected Writings compiled by Boris de Zircoff.

Although a study of the science of astronomy may enable us “to determine what the course of events will be,” she maintained, but adds a but if common sense: 

the clock indicates, it does not
influence the time.

Discovery

Thus, she says, “though the planets may have no hand in changing the destiny of man, still their position may indicate what that destiny is likely to be.”

And a distant traveler has often to put right his clock, so that it may indicate correctly the time of the place he visits.

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All Hallows Eve: Astrology for Oct. 30 to Nov. 6

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Lauren

WE step through the veil this week, the veil that separates the material world from the more subtle worlds, the world of fairies, magic, and the realms of the dead.

We are now in the thick of Scorpio season. Venus and Mars perfect their conjunction, but we also see something more sublime, more mystical, and inspiring emerging as well.

In addition to our 4 corners of the Zodiac that coincide with the 4 Seasons, and the 4 Cardinal Signs, there are 4 other corners that fall in the middle of the ‘Fixed’ Signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. All 8 of these correspond to ancient celebrations and traditions throughout the world.

And on October 31st/November 1st, we celebrate Halloween here in the West, and the Day of the Dead as celebrated in Latin American countries.

In pre-Christian Ireland, Samhain, the precursor to Halloween, was celebrated as an agricultural feast when the last of the crops were gathered and the ‘cows came home’ for the Winter. Samhain represented seasonally the veil between the old year and the new. And as such, the spirits of the previous year, that had passed, were celebrated as well.

halloween

Halloween

Today the season has morphed into a holiday celebrated with costumed children and treats, where children make their rounds like so many fairies and demons from beyond the veil. In ancient Ireland, burial cairns were aired out on this day, and the dead were made offerings to pacify them and send them on their way. Bonfires were lit in honor of the dying sun and the shorter days. These fires served as a beacon to remind the Sun to return once more from the underworld, in order to light our days once again, here in the North.

The wound is the place
where the Light enters you.

 -Rumi

Venus and Mars perfect their conjunction this week. When the planet of desire and motivation meets the planet of love, sparks ignite. Sometimes these can be good sparks, that bring us closer to our object of desire. But conflict can also arise when these two disparate planets meet. It’s not all desire, lust and romance between these two. And it’s not uncommon for feelings of anger, and agitation to also arise when these two meet. With Venus in Virgo, there can either be an over-willingness to compromise, or resentment for having to, once again, put your own wishes and preferences aside for others. So we can also see this sense of frustration, and conflict, between wanting to make a connection with others, to have some kind of a social life, but also wanting to be able to do what we want, when we want. This can result in all sorts of passive aggressive grouchiness this week.

When you seek Love with all your heart
you shall find its echoes
in the Universe.

– Rumi

We confuse love with attachment, and endow people with all sorts of qualities and expectations, that they can’t possibly possess. So there are bound to be some glitches thrown into the mix because of this. But it is not necessary. For if we love someone, truly love them, what we would want more than anything is for that person to be happy. No matter what. This brings us to the fact that we are currently in Scorpio weather, which can be laden with desires of its own.

But as Sun and Mercury are trine Neptune, this week, the planet of transcendence, ideals, spirituality and compassion, we may have some insights into what that other type of Love, the type of love that Rumi writes of, that involves willing sacrifice, and is unconditional… Well, let’s just say that’s another kind of love.

For the week of October 30 thru November 6, be sure to read your rising sign as well:

Aries

Some of the more interesting manifestations of Venus/Mars in Virgo could be compelling social occasions at work; flirtations with co-workers; or enrolling in a new exercise/dance class, where you can get the blood flowing. But the flip side of that can also occur: Another office party?; jealousy or competition from co-workers; or inappropriate behavior in the work place that needs to be sorted out. Use the energy to get things done, to organize, and focus on those things that bring you the most inner satisfaction, and then set your priorities accordingly.

Taurus

When your ruler meets Mars, it can kindle the passions in romance, or those things which make your heart sing. But it can also be something of a motivator for all areas of your life, compelling you to finally take that first step, or commit to that next project you’ve been meaning to get to, or setting your priorities so that you can have more time for those things that truly being you happiness. This can be very creative and inspiring energy for Taurus. See where your heart is taking you, and what ventures you want to see get off the ground.

Gemini

With your ruler Mercury joining the Sun in Scorpio this week, you could find yourself on something of a mission to organize, separate, and make sense of both your personal and work environments. Mercury being in Scorpio could feel a little like you are on a mission, and this energy could be quite useful for seeing projects through to their completion. This week could also be quite inspiring. Allow your intuition as well as your mind to draw you to investigate some of those leads you are trying to follow.

Cancer

Probably the most compelling aspects this week for Cancer are those being made by Sun and Mercury in fellow water sign Scorpio, to transcendent Neptune. There is magic in the air at this time of year, when the fabric of the veil between the material and other realms becomes thinner. In this way Cancer is being cast with a veil of inspiration, where you are also being beckoned to find some stillness and serenity in your lives. Neptune/Sun/Mercury periods are good for spiritual journeys, spiritual studies, yoga retreats, journeys and explorations with no specific expectations, results or material rewards. The rewards that Neptune brings are of a different realm.

Leo

Pay attention to your dreams, to your intuition: dream, invent, imagine and create. Listen for the whispers in the sound of the silence. We enter the week on a note of profound introspection and meditation, and leave the week with a sense of purpose and resolve. Creatively, I don’t doubt you will probably have one of the more interesting costumes this year, if you are so inclined. On a more practical level, if something needs fixing, this is a great week to get it done. Focus on the work at hand, and you will be amazed at how much you can get accomplished.

Virgo

This is a good week for having the courage to initiate relationships, and/or approach others and make worthwhile connections. Don’t devalue the ability to use charm and friendly persuasion to get what you want. If you do know what you want, allow yourself to take the initiative, and get things rolling. Use the influence of Mars currently traveling in your sign to be more assertive and courageous in social and other situations. This is a good week to take the lead. As your ruler, Mercury, is also entering Scorpio this week, it is safe to say that if you are on something of a mission, this Venus/Mars energy can be quite useful.

Libra

This week could be quite motivating in some ways, but it can also be quite frustrating, especially if you develop impatience for not being able to take the initiative. Recognizing what you do have control over, will be helpful. And some of those things are probably more personal, such as your perspective, and your inner world. One thing that you may become more in tune with, are those things that are priorities in your life, what you truly desire, and also giving yourself permission to not compromise those things. Pay attention to your inner more subtle desires, but also pay attention to what is irking you as well. That is also important.

Scorpio

You are not one to tolerate sycophants and flatterers easily. But on the other hand, associates and allies can also prove to be quite useful in certain situations, and what we are willing to put up with, can bring its rewards later on. See what mutually beneficial alliances can be established this week, within your circle of acquaintances. Otherwise the energy for this week is somewhat subtle, sublime, intuitive, and perhaps even a little magical. It is prime for creative inspiration, as well as matters of the heart. We are in Scorpio season now, with Sun and Mercury in Scorpio: allow yourself to feel the inspiration of the magic in the air.

Sagittarius

There are times when magnetic charm can serve you well and this may just be one of those weeks, provided you use that charm for the greater good and harmony. Impatience and some other demons can also be a signature for this week, especially if certain buttons are being pushed, or emotional triggers being set off. Be particularly wary for issues of jealousy, possessiveness and control. You don’t have time for that nonsense. With Saturn, the planet of respect, traveling in your sign for the next few years, remember you are better than that.

Capricorn

There is a sense of discontent, or perhaps some discomfort arising over the next few weeks. We will address this further as we discuss the relationship between your ruler, Saturn, and Neptune that will extend into 2016. This is a long-term effect, but it will be in the backdrop of many of our lives, and it is just beginning to close in. In the mean time, there are a number of fortunate confluences this week. Not only the influence of Venus/Mars in fellow earth sign Virgo, which brings Capricorn more in touch with their own desires, but also the comfort of being in Scorpio season, which can bring you in touch with the people and situations that will either: bring you a sense of purpose; the sort of confirmation or vindication that brings healing; or a sense of re-empowerment.

Aquarius

There is a not so fine line that can be crossed in either romance or business, that can devolve into control, aggression, and/or frustration. Use your wonderful capacity to keep things in perspective, and objectively look at the feelings, emotions, compulsions, or attractions that arise. Some of these may be quite compelling and worth investing in, others maybe not so much. And when in doubt ask, do the research and investigate. Don’t take anything based on surface appearances. There’s a lot more going on underneath.

Pisces

People can be quite persuasive these days, as many people are keen to seduce us with their wiles as well as their wallets and energy. This may be either entertaining, or quite annoying as you may be also sensitive this week as to where and how you compromise too much in order to keep the peace. You can’t help other people’s feelings, positive or negative. And this can also devolve into passive aggressive actions by others, because they perceive you as being something of a rival for what they want or wish to accomplish. Pay them no heed. They’ll get over it, when they see that you are no threat to them. You are on a higher mission of your own this week, now that we are in Scorpio season. A mission with a much higher purpose.

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“What is Destiny?”

by H. P. Blavatsky

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“As understood by the Occultist, it is merely the chain of causation producing its correspondential series of effects. …  every individual is his own creator or his own father, i.e., our future personality will be the result of our present mode of living.  In the same manner our present birth, with all its conditions is the tree grown out of the germ sown in our past incarnations. Our physical and spiritual conditions are the effects of our actions produced on those two planes.

“All our thoughts and actions thus produce the vibrations in space, which mould our future career. And astrology is a science, which having determined the nature of the laws that govern these vibrations is able to state precisely a particular or a series of results, the causes of which have already been produced by the individual in his previous life.

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“Since the present incarnation is the child of the previous one, and since there is but that. ONE LIFE which holds together all the planets of the Solar system, the position of those planets at the time of the birth of an individual – which event is the aggregate result of the causes already produced – gives to the true Astrologer the data upon which to base his predictions.

Zanoni

Zanoni

“It should be well remembered at the same time that just as the ‘astronomer who catalogues the stars cannot add one atom to the universe,’ so also no astrologer, no more than the planet, can influence the human destiny. Perhaps the following beautiful passage from that exquisite work of Bulwer Lytton’s – Zanoni – may help to make the meaning still clearer:

‘For the accomplishment of whatever is great and lofty, the clear perception of truths is the first requisite – truths adapted to the object desired. The warrior thus reduces the chances of battle to combinations almost of mathematics. He can predict a result, if he can but depend upon the materials he is forced to employ.’

“This necessitates a consideration of the element of clairvoyance necessary to constitute a true astrologer.”

– H. P. Blavatsky, Astrology, Numbers and Destiny

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Sow a Thought, Reap a Destiny

EllisWood_PS700140_Photoby_LoisGreenfieldTHE uplifting adage “attitude is altitude” aptly pinpoints how the power of positive thought and intention affects every aspect of our lives.

“For decades, scientists have tried to test the power of prayer and positive thinking, with mixed results,” writes Barbara Bradley Hagerty the NPR National Desk religion correspondent.

“Can Positive Thoughts Help Heal Another Person?

“The idea that positive thoughts and prayer can affect your health has been taught at medical schools for years. But can your thoughts affect another person physically?

“A few renegade scientists are conducting studies between loved ones to find that out — and they say it’s possible.”(Listen to Barbara Bradley Hagerty on NPR’s All Things Considered):

“Now some scientists,” she comments on a study of the science of spirituality, “are fording new, and controversial territory.”

thoughtfield

In an area of esoteric inquiry which is sometimes called Mental Alchemy and/or Metaphysics, a lot of thinkers over the ages have stated the idea in various ways.

Ancient wisdom traditions maintain that thoughts are actual things, and that one’s thoughts are the result of an unalterable universal law called “Cause and Effect,” and will manifest themselves at some point in one’s life.

The conviction that thoughts are the great determiners of the content of one’s life, inspires  many to carry on through life’s difficulties.

The law of Cause and Effect can also be described as “For every action, there is a reaction.”  Since thoughts are actual things, and since thoughts are also actions, it means that the thoughts will invariably cause a reaction that will result in a manifestation of their effects.

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At the Center of the Circle

© Lois Greenfield

THE uplifting adage “attitude is altitude” aptly pinpoints how the power of positive thought and intention affects every aspect of our lives.

“For decades, scientists have tried to test the power of prayer and positive thinking, with mixed results,” writes NPR National Desk religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty about a study on the science of spirituality.

“Now some scientists,” she writes, “are fording new, and controversial territory.” In an area of esoteric inquiry which is sometimes called Mental Alchemy and/or Metaphysics, a lot of thinkers over the ages have stated the idea in various ways.

The conviction that the thoughts one thinks are the great determiners of the content of one’s life, inspires  many to forge on despite difficult life circumstances.

Ancient wisdom traditions maintain that thoughts are actual things, and that one’s thoughts are the result of an unalterable universal law called “Cause and Effect,” and will manifest themselves at some point in one’s life.

The law of Cause and Effect can also be described as a law that says, “For every action, there is a reaction.”  Since thoughts are actual things, and since thoughts are also actions, it means that the thoughts will invariably cause a reaction that will result in a manifestation of those thoughts.

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Astrology, Numbers and Destiny

ASTROLOGY is just unscientific superstition many skeptics insist. Real philosophy, Theosophy counters, seeks “rather to solve than to deny.”

“It is an axiom of the philosophic student,” Blavatsky affirms, “that truth generally lies between the extremes.”

This is what the ancients meant by Astrology she says.

“Mention the word ‘astrology’ and skeptics go into an epileptic fit,” natural health researcher Mike Adams says.

“The idea that someone’s personality could be imprinted at birth according to the position of the sun, moon and planets,” Adams comments, “has long been derided as ‘quackery’ by the so-called ‘scientific’ community

… which resists any notion based on holistic connections between individuals and the cosmos.”

ξ

But wait a minute. Recently, scientific studies showing planetary imprinting called “seasonal biology” has confirmed the principle underlying astrology. The scientific study shows that planetary positions do, surprisingly, influence our biological clocks. Why not our psychological and mental states as well?

Occult Influences

“The ancients always considered the ‘ambient’ – or entire heaven – at birth,” Blavatsky colleague William Q. Judge wrote in Astrological Influences, “as being that which affected man.”

New Age Mother, Madame Blavatsky, referred often to astrology in her Theosophical writings, as in the following lines from “The Theosophist” in Blavatsky Collected Writings compiled by Boris de Zircoff.

Although a study of the science of astronomy may enable us “to determine what the course of events will be,” she insisted that:

“…the clock indicates,
it does not influence the time.”

Å

Thus, she says, “though the planets may have no hand in changing the destiny of man, still their position may indicate what that destiny is likely to be.”

“And a distant traveler has often to put right his clock, so that it may indicate correctly the time of the place he visits.”

Ω

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The Secret of Life

Positive_Energy_MAINSTREAM science creates an insurmountable obstacle to understanding the real nature of life because of one single belief issue.

Refusing to recognize life as a distinct force, science blocks all understanding of the nature of reality.

“The greatest problem of philosophy, is the physical and substantial nature of life,” H. P. Blavatsky wrote.

“It is its independent nature, which is denied by modern science—because that science is unable to comprehend it.”

“The reincarnationists and believers in Karma alone dimly perceive that the whole secret of Life is in the unbroken series of its manifestations: whether in, or apart from, the physical body.” 

The best definition of life that modern science can seem to come up with is Herbert Spencer’s old definition that defines the phenomenon, but gives no hint of its cause.

“Life is a definite combination of heterogeneous changes,” Spencer says, “both simultaneous and successive

in correspondence with external coexistences and sequences.”

This consensus is sustained because “most researchers still believe they can build from one side of nature, the physical,” says Biocentrist Dr. Robert Lanza who concludes, crucially: “without the other side, the living.”

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