Vincent_van_Gogh_(1853-1890)_-_Wheat_Field_with_Crows_(1890) Carl Jung and the Artistic Impulse: Madness in the Creative Spirit

A brief look at some historical examples of artistic geniuses and it is tempting to believe that there is something approaching madness in the creative spirit. The artistic impulse permeates throughout history: from the “primitive” cave art of the Upper Palaeolithic through to the introduction of perspective and foreshortening during the Renaissance, rules which would […]

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28.tif Transcendental Meditation: How I Paid $2,500 For a Password to Inner Peace

Humans are anxious, tired and distracted; but we don’t need to pay big bucks to learn to relax.

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4655 The One Taste of the Universe, or How To Experience Synesthesia

I tapped my hands on the table like I normally would do. But this time I noticed something different, something quite remarkable. Not only sounds but also colors invaded my awareness. Yes, there was no way to deny it, the tap on the table gave off a red color. Amazed by this discovery I started exploring other surfaces, my nails on my jeans gave off a distinct green hue and I could make blue come alive by hitting a metal pen. But it didn’t stop here. When I drew my attention inward, I noticed not just the connection between sounds and colors, but also between colors and tastes, sounds and feelings, thoughts and sensations. It was if my whole world was mixed in a blender, making a smoothie of my own existence.

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143 Nostradamus: 2012 and Beyond

Nostradamus (1503-1566) was a astrologer, astronomer and practicing physician who specialized in predicting the future in the latter part of his life. Those predictions were written by Nostradamus in the form of quatrains, or a groups of four lines. He wrote 942 quatrains, organized into groups of 100, which he called centuries. After resigning from […]

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meditation-mantras 15 MIND-EXPANDING Mantras to Ignite Your Next Meditation

I began this article by scouring the internet for the most amazing meditation mantras. I found 3. So I turned to HEthens and Facebook friends to gather more and was blown away by the beautiful words that resulted. Here are 15 meditation mantras to explore during your next mental break: I honor the place in […]

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photo-5-113 5 Life Lessons I Learned From Skateboarding

I have a lot of fun playing with my four children, and while skateboarding with one of them recently, I realised there is a lot to be learned from children’s playfulness and activities. In fact, the lessons learned from skateboarding can be very well applied to our daily life! This is what I teach my […]

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1810 The How Are You? Revolution

How are you? Good, How are you? Good. You’ve heard it thousands of times and the words just seem to spring out of your mouth automatically when you do. It’s that 2-phrase exchange at the beginning of every meeting that you have to get past to reach the real conversation (or even more small talk). […]

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2285 I Dare You Not To Smile While Watching These Videos

Monkey! Superman Short Film from Ruslan Fedotow Evil Look Baby Hilarious Candid Camera Prank Validation Short Film “50 People, 1 Question” Oh So Funny Computer Prank Tequila Suicide – Sweden Indian Cinema Is The Greatest Creepy Smile Dude to Dubstep Photo of puppy by carquestguy

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hicks-3-2 Comedy with a Conscience – On Bill Hicks and Frankie Boyle

The death of William Melvin “Thanks dad!” Hicks in 1994 signalled the loss of not only a great comic talent but also the most scathing political satirist and social commentator to have emerged from America. In the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson, Hicks tore apart the myth of the American dream, marrying an acute condemnation […]

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woman-in-meditation *This* Is Why You Have Trouble Meditating

A wise man once said, “Meditation is f*cking hard.” Just like exercising, meditation is meant to push your limits and inevitably involves discomfort. Your body will ache. Your thoughts will stray. You will try to rationalize that 5 minutes is good enough. You will wake up late and just want to skip to the ‘important […]

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unsplash_52c319226cefb_1 10 Reasons Why You Should Think Like an Optimist

Having a cheery disposition can influence more than just your mood.   “People who are optimistic are more committed to their goals, are more successful in achieving their goals, are more satisfied with their lives, and have better mental and physical health when compared to more pessimistic people,” says Suzanne Segerstrom, PhD, a professor of […]

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whitecell The Science of How to Consciously Control Your Immune System

On March 23rd, 2013, twenty-four scientific study participants were injected with a dead strain of Escherichia coli, a bacteria that normally induces violent sickness for days on end. This time, however, none of the twelve people who were trained in the Wim Hof Method experienced any ailment whatsoever. They had learned a technique from 20-time World Record holder […]

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overvieweffect3 12 Steps To A Cosmic Orgasm – Follow The Astronauts And Experience The Overview Effect

Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from the outside, is available, a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose. — attributed to Sir Fred Hoyle, 1948. After Astronaut Edgar Mitchell had spent a whopping 9 hours and 17 minutes on the moon he was suddenly overcome with a sense of timelessness, […]

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snowflake-illumanati Snowflakes and the Illumanati: How Chaos Theory Debunks The New World Order

Place yourself in a completely empty space, pitch black; no indication of walls, ceilings, or floors. Suddenly, a mass appears before you, somewhat cloudy, and vibrating to a resonance you can’t explain with words. You would never guess, but it’s a water molecule. Soon, another appears – they collide and seem to lock in orientation. […]

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3920 I Took The Red Pill

I’ve never believed in God. Not fully. I was open to all options, and didn’t tackle the big questions or dwell on them too often, because when I did I couldn’t stop. They set my mind spiraling out of control, and I didn’t think that we were ‘meant’ to know. Taking such a broad stance […]

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4202 How To Bulletproof Yourself from McDonalds & The Fast-Food Temptation

When we look back through history, there are some things our predecessors did that makes no sense at all now. Trying to cure diseases through blood-letting? Hunting for witches? Denying women the right to vote? That stuff was non-sense.

In 50 years, I predict that our grand-children will look back at our “Fast Food Era”, and wonder “What the hell were they thinking?!”

Let’s think about it for a second. We know fast-food is terrible for us, we know it makes us feel like crap, and we know it’s the enemy of the rocking body we desire. Yet, fast-food sales are going up each year, and McDonalds achieved record revenues last year.

I believe that as a society, we are failing big time…

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3872 Got Eudaimonia?

Daniel Kahneman found out that most researchers fucked up happiness research because people respond to the ‘Are you happy?’ question in two different ways. The question could either mean ‘Are you happy right now in this moment?’ or ‘Are you happy about your life?’ In other words, which self answers the question? Is it the experiencing self (ES) that checks whether he feels happy right now, or is it the remembering self (RS) that looks at a picture constructed by peak and valley experiences from the past and assesses if it matches your personal idea of happiness.

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give-someone-gift Project: What is the Most Beautiful and Uplifting Thing You Can Say to Someone?

My first day at high school my senior year, I came across a boy that I thought was stunning. He sat behind me in photography class. I completely failed in playing it coy, because I repeatedly looked over my shoulder to catch a glimpse of him. To my surprise, his eyes kept meeting mine with […]

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1716 Readers! What do you want out of this site?

Hey everybody! I know it’s been a while since my last post and before I explain I’d like to ask you 3 simple questions: 1) What do you want out of HighExistence? 2) What do you like most about HighExistence? 3) What do you want more of on HighExistence? **Edit: What do you think about […]

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138682 A Long Lost Letter From Your Innate Creative Self

You are created by two human beings making love through the beat of their bodies. For nine months you are a tiny organism feeding onto a chord that connects you to your mother’s womb. Then you pass through the tunnel that separates you from your mother’s body and into an unfamiliar world. Congratulations, you’ve already come a long way. Now you are human being on planet Earth. For several months or so your heart is literally as close to the Earth as it will ever be your entire life. You are nurtured by your mother through the bosoms that secrete love milk to sustain and nourish you. Then you learn how to walk on your own. Such great talent you have, being capable of walking on your own two feet! Then you are now able to communicate with your fellow beings with full phrases. What a genius you’ve become! You have an innate curiosity to explore this vast world around you, and all you do is imagine and create. It’s your natural state. When your eyes are closed you are able to see ethereal worlds that you would have never seen in a physical realm with your eyes wide open…

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