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Move Over, Marijuana: Psychedelic Drugs Could Be The Next Big Thing

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Aaron Kesel, The Mind Unleashed

Several companies that are developing medical treatments from psychedelic drugs like LSD, ketamine, and psilocybin—the active ingredient in magic mushrooms—is getting ready to list on Canadian stock exchanges.

One of those companies, Mind Medicine Inc., has been involved in clinical trials of psychedelic-based drugs and aims to list on Toronto’s NEO Exchange by the first week of March, JR Rahn, the company’s co-founder and co-chief executive officer, told Bloomberg.

Our ambition is to be one of the first publicly listed neuro-pharmaceutical companies developing psychedelic medicines,” Rahn said in an interview.

And Mind Med Inc. isn’t the only company reaching into the deep waters of developing psychedelic medicines. There are a growing number of companies that are conducting or beginning to administer clinical trials of psychedelic treatments for things like depression to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some trials have even received the blessing of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In late 2018, the FDA stated that psilocybin was a “breakthrough therapy” via a drug developed by London-based Compass Pathways Ltd. for clinical depression.

Mind Med Inc. is preparing for a second clinical trial into the use of a non-hallucinogenic drug based on a psychedelic called ibogaine to treat opioid addiction, which will be conducted in New York and overseen by the FDA, according to a report.

A third company, Field Trip Psychedelics Inc., is also involved with researching psilocybin at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

Last year TMU reported that psilocybin, the substance found in 200+ species of magic mushrooms, may be the next health and legalization trend following cannabis. Unlike research into the use of cannabis, which is still federally illegal in the U.S., the work that psychedelic companies are doing is entirely legal. This means that companies don’t have to jump through legal barriers to research the effects and benefits of these drugs.

TMU has previously reported on the benefits of psychedelics used in the form of medication, often in conjunction with therapy. For example, studies in recent years have shown that psychedelic compounds can be used for a variety of different things including reviving someone from a vegetative state, reducing violence, reducing the chance of losing brain functions later in life, resetting the brains of those diagnosed with depression, and improving one’s mental health.

Another study TMU previously reported on found that psychedelic use doesn’t have a link to mental health problems or suicidal behavior, unlike alcoholic beverages.

Benny Shanon, professor of cognitive philosophy at Hebrew University, believes the theory that Moses was high on psychedelics when he spoke to god. There exists a similar theory about the seer Michel de Nostradamus. While these things cannot be proven, studies have shown that psilocybin increases creativity.

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Tips & Techniques That May Help You Experience ‘Astral Projection’

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Imagine this: You’ve gotten into bed and shut your eyes for a moment, and then all of a sudden, when you open them again, you’re hovering over your body. You’re conscious, but it’s not the you you typically identify as, the one with a face and clothing and jewellery, but the real you, your soul.

You’re looking down at your body and you realize you can move, almost as if you’re flying. You say goodbye to your body and begin to travel around your room, down your stairs, out your door, and then… you wake up. This is a form of astral projection, commonly referred to as an “out of body experience.”

Some people have reported astral projecting during a dream-like state, while others have experienced this same thing when they had a near-death experience. Some find the experience terrifying, and others find it humbling and exciting, knowing they can travel throughout the physical plane using only their astral bodies. If you’ve ever wanted to try astral projecting or wish to learn more about it, this article is for you!

What Is Astral Projection? 

When astral projecting, you are consciously aware of it. Many people will look at their physical bodies and recognize themselves while they’re in a sleep-like state.

It is said that astral projection is an out-of-body experience that can be achieved either through dreaming, deep meditation, or even when you’re awake. As far as I know, most people who astral project will simply explore the physical plane as they know it. However, it is said that the Akashic Records can be accessed from here and one can travel through timelines and even communicate with other beings (sometimes even other projectors).

It’s important to note that most people don’t experience the same third dimensional physical constraints when astral projecting. For example, most souls are able to travel while projecting out-of-body by way of flying or floating.

Astral projecting is very different from dreaming or even lucid dreaming. When you’re dreaming, you’re unconscious. When you’re experiencing a lucid dream, you are usually conscious of the fact that you’re dreaming, and thus you can manipulate scenarios and control your dreams. However, when you’re astral projecting, your soul literally exits the body, but you are consciously controlling it.

Techniques for Having an Out-of-Body Experience

Though many people don’t consciously plan to astral project, it is said that you can use certain techniques to help yourself astral project or have an out-of-body experience (OBE). If you’re interested in trying to astral project, give the following techniques a shot:

The Rope Technique

This is actually the only technique I’ve tried, and I sort of had success! Though I didn’t have a full-blown OBE, I definitely felt it coming on and left my body for a few moments, until I got too scared and decided to stop.

Basically, all you do is envision an invisible rope hanging from the top of your ceiling, directly over your body. You then imagine that you’re reaching out your “astral body hands” and slowly pull yourself up the imaginary rope. You may feel dizzy, which is completely normal. Keep concentrating on climbing the rope, hand over hand and very slowly, and don’t stop until you’ve freed your astral body.

Watch Yourself Falling Asleep

This method requires you to be very diligent as you begin to fall asleep. Tell yourself that you’re going to watch yourself fall asleep and actually stay conscious during the entire process, including when you enter into the dream state. Recognize every sensation you experience as your physical body falls asleep, as this will help you remain conscious.

As you fall deeper into a dream-like state, you may experience some buzzing and heaviness. Use this to help yourself stay conscious and visualize yourself floating above your body. Continue to visualize this until you hopefully reach the point of OBE.

Wake Back to Bed Method

Though not very enjoyable for those of us who enjoy sleeping, the “wake back” method is very popular to induce astral projection as well as lucid dreaming. Set your alarm for a few hours before you usually wake up, but don’t get up when it goes off, simply shut it off and lay back down once your mind is awake. Ideally, you want to keep your alarm close by so you barely need to move your body to shut it off. This way, your body will be close to falling back asleep but your mind will be awake.

Now, start to envision yourself astral projecting in the same way, while also allowing your body to go to sleep. Try to remain conscious but allow your body to get heavier and deeper into a sleep-state. Continuously focus on floating above your body until you’re astral projecting.

My Experience With Astral Projection

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure if I believed in astral projection until I actually experienced it myself. I had tons of lucid dreams before, but still the thought of projecting my soul out of my body and consciously hovering over it didn’t seem realistic to me.

That is, until it happened one night last summer. I was sleeping with a friend and, despite having slept there multiple times before, I was having a lot of trouble falling asleep. My mind was racing for a period of time but it randomly shut off, and then I kept hearing this buzzing sound that didn’t really sound like any vibration or frequency I’d heard from his house before. I remember closing my eyes and immediately when I opened them, I was shocked. I was still staring at the ceiling, but instead of being 10 feet away, I was only a few inches in proximity. I immediately recognized that I couldn’t be lying down anymore and remember thinking to myself, “When did I stand up?”

To my dismay, when I looked down, I saw us sleeping. I then looked out the window and had somewhat of an internal battle on whether or not I should leave the bedroom. Though I wasn’t using any words or thinking, I intuitively knew that I was struggling to decide whether I should explore the night sky or stay in the comfort of the bedroom near my physical body. I remained looking out the window for a long time until I finally woke up, shocked that I had actually astral projected.

Though many of you reading this may feel as though I was simply having another dream, I know I wasn’t. I was confident that my soul had left my body, especially because everything in the bedroom was so clear, and I had a strong sense of Self throughout the entire dream. I’ve also had numerous “extremely realistic” dreams, so realistic that when I wake up, I’m shocked it was a dream, but this was very different. It was as if I had finally broken free from my shell, and though it was invigorating, empowering, and somewhat comforting, it was also slightly terrifying.

It’s experiences like these that make us seriously question our individuality, our uniqueness, and our personalities that form our identities on this planet. We are not our physical bodies; I am not Kalee, and that can be a scary reality to face (especially when you’re literally staring yourself in the face, soul to physical body). However, although astral projection can shatter your identity, you don’t have to abandon it.

Yes, underneath it all, you are not your physical body, nor are you your experiences and accomplishments. However, that doesn’t mean you have to give it all up! We are on this planet to experience and to feel. Though we are not our emotions at our cores, that don’t mean we shouldn’t have them. If it’s on this planet, its existence serves a purpose.

This is the heart of detachment  — knowing your “attachments” (or what many consider attachments, like emotions and people) doesn’t define you, because eventually, after “death,” you will no longer have them.

This article (Tips & Techniques That May Help You Experience Astral Projection) was originally created for Collective Evolution and is published here under Creative Commons.

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20 Profound Quotes By Carl Jung That Will Help You To Better Understand Yourself

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One of the things I love about Carl Jung is the fact that he was a deep philosophical thinker who examined all aspects of the self when writing about the human experience. As you will see in the quotes below, Jung was clear on the notion that we are spiritual beings, and that having a spiritual relationship with oneself truly helps us to understand the deeper aspects of who we are.

To some, this idea translates to religion — to finding solace in the existence of something greater than yourself — but I believe this to be a fickle form of spirituality, and one that does not truly help a person get to the core of who they are (or, alternatively, who they are not).

According to www.cgjungpage.org:

“Carl Jung was one of the creators of modern depth psychology, which seeks to facilitate a conversation with the unconscious energies which move through each of us. He contributed many ideas which continue to inform contemporary life: complex, archetype, persona, shadow, anima and animus, personality typology, dream interpretation, individuation, and many other ideas. He had a deep appreciation of our creative life and considered spirituality a central part of the human journey.”

This summation of his life and work connects deeply to what Collective Spark is all about, and shares much in common with what inspired me to create this platform in the first place. In putting together the quotes in this article, I gained an even deeper appreciation for Jung and his work, as I uncovered the conscious themes that were apparent throughout his teachings. He was clearly a deep thinker with an intimate knowledge of his inner being.

Jung also had an appreciation for astrology which, over the past few years, I’ve begun to understand more and more and see profound value in. I’m not talking about opening your daily paper and reading your generalize horoscope, however, but true astrology. Something many of us have never been properly exposed to and thus don’t understand the real meaning of   or value. (Maybe we’ll have to make a short documentary on this one day!)

But enough on my own musings — onto the quotes! Here are 20 from Jung that I feel not only serve as an accurate representation of his work, but also provide much to reflect on.

  • ”One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious.”
  • “Don’t hold on to someone who’s leaving, otherwise you won’t meet the one who’s coming.”
  • “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
  • “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
  • “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
  • “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”
  • “Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness’s of other people.”
  • “If you are a gifted person, it doesn’t mean that you gained something. It means you have something to give back.”
  • “Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.”
  • “Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
  • “People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.”
  • “Loneliness does not come from having no people around, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.”
  • “Depression is like a woman in black. If she turns up, don’t shoo her away. Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say.”
  • “A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.”
  • “Your perception will become clear only when you can look into your soul.”
  • “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”
  • “What you resist persists.”
  • “A dream is a small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens up to that primeval cosmic night that was the soul, long before there was the conscious ego.”
  • “We may think that we fully control ourselves. However, a friend can easily reveal something about us that we have absolutely no idea about.”
  • “Everything about other people that doesn’t satisfy us helps us to better understand ourselves.”

If you’re inspired by what you’ve seen here, you might find Carl Jung’s 4 stages of life interesting. According to Carl Jung, we move through various stages as we progress in life

  1. The Athlete
  2. The Warrior
  3. The Statement
  4. The Spirit

These stages have nothing to do with how old you are, what you have achieved or what possessions you have attained and are also not linear. You can actually alternative between these stages throughout life, but they provide an interesting insight into what you’re currently experiencing. Check out his 4 stages of life here.

Sources:

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2. http://www.cgjungpage.org/

This article (20 Profound Quotes By Carl Jung That Will Help You To Better Understand Yourself) was originally created for Collective Evolution and is published here under Creative Commons.

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If You’re Not Doing What You Love, You’re Wasting Your Life – Here’s How To Make More Time

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Mark DeNicola, Guest Writer

Time is our most precious resource here on Earth.

Some of you may be able to make a compelling argument for the value of money, but time, unlike money, cannot be earned. We can eat healthy and live an active lifestyle, both of which should extend our chances of longevity, but it isn’t a guaranteed formula.

Not only could we do everything we’re supposed to and still fall short of the average human life expectancy — currently 79.28 in the United States — but we could also (knock on wood) be derailed by a tragic accident or some other unforeseen circumstance.

So going with the assumption that time is our most valuable resource, what is a statement we not only hear others, but also find ourselves, saying far too often? “I don’t have enough time.”

Whether it’s to justify not pursuing a particular goal, or it’s to try and weasel ourselves out of taking the blame for something we missed, we all regularly complain of being short of this oh-so-precious resource.

To find more time in our lives, we tend to practice one of two main tactics: multi-tasking and addition by subtraction.

Multi-Tasking Is Bulls**t

As competent as some of you may believe yourselves to be at multi-tasking, I firmly believe that it cannot be done effectively, and just as New York Times-bestselling author Neil Pasricha says in The Happiness Equation, we don’t actually do multiple things at once — we just take recurring breaks from doing one thing to work on another.

Can you actually talk on the phone and drive your car at the same time and do both as proficiently as you could separately? Or do you regularly find yourself either asking the person you’re talking with to repeat themselves, or slamming on the breaks to avoid a potential collision?

Addition By Subtraction Is Rarely the Answer

The other way we love to “mine” more time for ourselves is to cut certain activities, responsibilities, and occasionally even people out of our lives. I’m all for this if whatever you’re cutting is something (or someone) you genuinely want out of your life, but how often is that really the case?

So instead I’d like to present a new — and far simpler — solution to instantly give yourself more time to do what you love in life:

The Addiction Is Real!

According to the 2016 Neilsen Social Media Report, the average adult spends just over 25 hours per week on social media, and I seriously doubt that much of that is with a definitive purpose. Most of it begins out of habit and an unconscious addiction, and consists of time being spent looking at, reading, or watching content that has little-to-no bearing on our well-being.

It may not seem like it, but I can promise you that I am not here to condemn social media as a whole, since I love it just as much as you do (and also recognize that you wouldn’t be here reading this right now without it). But I am trying to show how much of our seeming time shortage problem is of our own doing.

It’s not because we have too much on our plate, or that our family expects too much of us, or that there actually aren’t enough hours in a day. It all boils down to how we are choosing to spend our time, and the first step to changing that is by becoming consciously aware of how much is currently being consumed by an addiction we all have the ability to crack.

Remember that social media once didn’t exist and we were all perfectly fine without it. I seriously doubt our lives will be in peril should we choose to cut back and simply go to it when we actually have a reason to.

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At its simplest, empathy is the awareness of the feelings and emotions of other people. It goes beyond sympathy, which is often thought of as feeling for someone, and instead, is feeling with that person.

When we are empathetic toward someone else, we think before we speak or act, and instead, find a way to make them feel supported, loved, cared for, or even just simply understood. Practicing empathy can be as deep and as challenging as being there for someone during rough times, or as surface as making an effort to be kind to the people and things we come across in our own little worlds each and every day. This mindset entails the basic necessity of respect and the knowledge that we must treat others as we want to be treated ourselves.

The sooner we understand what empathy means, and the importance of it, the sooner we can live a more peaceful existence. Various studies even reinforce that the more empathy a child displays, the less likely they are to bully someone else. They are also more likely to share with and help others, and less likely to be antisocial or exhibit uncontrolled aggressive behaviours. This is why educators are devoting more attention to empathy in recent years.

Yalda Modabber is one of those people. Now the principal and founder of Golestan Education, a Persian-language preschool and after-school program in Berkeley, California that collaborates with other local schools on cultural education, she admits that being bullied as a child motivated her to integrate empathy into every level at her school.

It was nonstop for two years,” admits Modabber. “That period in my life was so hard that I blocked it out. I don’t even remember my teachers’ names. The entire class turned on me.”

Research suggests that people who are exposed to empathy earlier in life have a better chance of beholding longer-lasting emotional benefits than those exposed to it later, or not at all. In fact, one recent study discovered that children taught social and emotional skills in preschool and kindergarten have, in comparison to kids who don’t have empathy integrated into their curriculum, better social skills and fewer behaviour problems.

We’re Born With It

Infants as young as 8 to 14 months can show precursors to empathy via signs like concern for a parent if they’re hurt or upset. And the older we get, the more our empathetic behaviour becomes apparent. A study from the University of Munich in Germany discovered that children between the ages of five and seven increasingly anticipate feelings of concern for other people.

It Can Lead To Success

Empathy can also aid kids in becoming more successful as well. A recent study from Duke and Penn State discovered that kids who shared and helped others were more likely to graduate high school and have full-time jobs thereafter.

“It’s not just children,” explains Tina Malti, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto. “It’s a life issue. I think a holistic view emphasizes living a more balanced life. If you only focus on academic outcomes, or work outcomes, you are going to miss the whole being of a person. It needs to be balanced in a healthful and meaningful way. And the word ‘meaningful’ always entails the whole being.

There Are Many Ways To Build Empathy

There is no one size fits all when it comes to integrating empathy into an academic atmosphere. For instance, at Golestan Education, Yalda Modabber brings her dog, Nika, to work and allows her students to feed her, groom her, and give her water.

Research shows that people who have an attachment to a pet are actually more empathetic, with one recent study conducted by the American Humane Association showing how having an animal in the classroom increases students’ feelings of compassion and empathy towards one another.

It’s not about bringing in a dog,” notes Malti. “It’s about teaching a student how to care for another. You can have a good teacher or a horrible teacher. If a student just watches a teacher taking care of the animal, and doesn’t participate, she doesn’t learn as well. But research shows if you have the child care for the animal, or even an infant, herself, it’s different. How you learn how to care for something is important.”

Malti also urges the importance of focusing on the individual. “Every single classroom is a microcosm,” Malti explains. “And each child in that classroom has varying capacities of mental needs. If you don’t look at the varying needs, you miss the opportunity to promote empathy in the best way possible.”

In addition to bringing her dog to school,  Modabber has the students do gardening. “They’re nurturing seeds to grow,” Modabber explains. “They’re giving it water and sunlight; they take care of it every day. Then they plant it. They don’t just pick them. They are really appreciating these plants. They see them. They’re present. They’re aware of these plants and how they’re growing.”

Every day before lunch, the students sing a song and chant to thank the earth for the food they’re about to eat—the food they’ve grown. Once they have finished, they sing a song to thank the chef who prepared it for them. This gratitude goes hand in hand with empathy according to research, which links higher empathy to less aggression.

Connecting with other cultures helps to improve empathy as well, according to Modabber, who says that every Friday, the children learn about a different country or culture, so they can better relate to people with context.

Video On Empathy

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.

This article (The Importance of Teaching Empathy To Children) was originally created for Collective Evolution and is published here under Creative Commons.

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