Doctor Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a well known science advocate, doctor of astrophysics, and the host of the television show The Cosmos. He’s this generation’s Carl Sagan and Bill Nye rolled into one delightful package.
Tyson is well noted for using and promoting consistently unique and refreshing perspectives. The unique qualities of his introspection is perfectly debuted here.
Some one asks Tyson, ’What is the most astonishing fact you can share with us about the universe?’
Tyson replies with an explanation of how we are all made of stars. The same atoms found in you in any moment are the same as the ones found throughout the universe. All physical object in the universe were made in cosmic collisions and death of stars. All things start from something old and as everything ages it springs forward new potentials.
Tyson has a simple way of explaining difficult ideas. Every Time I’ve heard him speak there are underlying tones of spirituality that make my heart remember the basic principle that we are all in this together.
If you’ve never quite made sense of hearing that we are ‘children of the stars’ or ‘beings of light’ this video is a must see for you! One of my favorite quotes from this video is,
“Yes we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up, many people feel small because they are small and the universe is big. But I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.”
Most everyone on the planet is trying their hardest to stick around on the planet as long as they can for some reason or another. That’s why most of us try to rest, take care of ourselves, stay in shape and good humours. This average approach to maximizing trips around the sun isn’t enough for many people found throughout history. Out of the desire to push the limits and live forever, every society in every era has formed a version of their own ‘elixir of life’. Most of these are outlandish and not geared for human consumption. gods and immortals to be would drink various bloods, milk of sacred cows, eat 10,000 year old peaches or my favorite: drink gold! Gurus and alchemists the world over have tried to create something more practical but alas no avail.
Most ‘health’ drinks or tonics meant to prolong life had one common ingredient; they all contained alcohol. That’s right the toxin schools warned us about is the common denominator in almost every life prolonging concoction. It makes sense when you think about it. Alcohol can break down most of the constituents (molecules deemed beneficial) if not all of them. The liquid also makes membranes in the mouth more absorbent so whatever herbal qualities have been imparted on the liquid bypass the digestive track and go straight to the blood stream. The digestive track can break down a lot of the more delicate herbal qualities. Liquor works to preserve the concoctions shelf life 10 years or more depending on how it is manufactured.
A bottle was found during the excavation of a German beer garden at 50 Bowery in New York City, New York. There was enough information that researchers located the recipe in a 19th century guide. It called for 2.3 grams each of rhubarb, gentian root, white turmeric and Spanish saffron mixed with the juice from 13 grams of aloe, 4 ounces of water and 12 ounces of grain alcohol. Shake Often and vigorously for three days, then filter through a cheesecloth. Be careful if you make this, it is potent stuff. I recommend 1-2 drops in the morning. Getting drunk off immortality didn’t work for many gods so mortals should beware. The researchers doubted how healthy this drink was.
In today’s age the topical elixir is described as ‘Monoatomic gold’. This substance comes in many forms and is made from the fermentation process of peat moss and other herbs in alcohol. There are as many skeptics as believers in this modern version of alchemy as in the past.
Every generation needs to project onto the younger crowds or at least criticize them into being strong. Every so often kids come along that shut the booing masses down and reminds us that that the newer generation is more informed than we are. Adam is 8 years old and excited to share his newest crystal grid with the internet. He debuts a configuration he dubs a ‘web grid’ designed to transform dark energies into light.
It’s crucial to remember that this came along because of his first hand experiences with a well developed collection of the metaphysical stones. Adam spent ten minutes building this network of Amethyst, Apophyllite, Celestial Smoky Quartz, Clear Quartz points, several Lemurian Seed Crystals, and Vogels.
Watching this reminds me of my little brother explaining the theoretical and non moving Rube Goldberg devices he would fashion out of legos. The confidence in both of their intuitive reasonings is well placed and lovely to see unfold. There is some hiccups in the explanation but I’d venture to ask you doesn’t get lost talking about existential energies or consciousness. He is very specific about the alignment, even getting into the best charging, focusing and energy unleash points.
He literally holds the crystals to his ear to figure out where they go within the network. His confidence and willingness to look into the unseen is remarkable for anyone but especially an 8 year old. He also advertises for custom crystal set ups and consultations. I’d love to see his reasoning for certain configurations if all he is listening to is the stones.
Everyone enjoys that ‘cloud nine’ feeling but do we have to resort to external chemical aids to achieve that feeling? I’ve got great news, answer is a resounding no! Any external intoxicant effects a handful of major chemicals that are mood markers for humans. These would include Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins and their many derivatives. Through out your life they are in constant flux depending on what your doing, eating or spending your energy. Here are some ways to get the most umph out of really fun practices.
The meditative high is no joke, you will walk away from your practice with whatever you need. I started my practise as a matter of understanding and nurturing my darker side. As my practise grew, I started to practise just for the fun of it. This is Where I recommend beginners start their practise. Just sit and pay attention to what’s going on in between your ears. Have fun with it and experiment a little. There are so many templates it can be a little dizzying but as long as there is a central and consistent theme your very likely on the right path.
The greatest part of this habitual ‘use’ is there are no downsides. I promise you will get back ten fold whatever you put in, and you can put whatever you want i. Personally crafted high that provides medical benefits. There are a slew of benefits spread across the internet but here is a list, if a free high isn’t enough.
There is something beautiful and unique about dancing to music that you love. The way you dance and what you dance to has a direct influence to the degree of consciousness you reach. The music moves you spiritually, distracting you mentally while your body works those endorphins up into a fury. The sum of these actions creates a positive sense of self that will stick with you at least a day or so. A few calories for a couple of good feeling days? Worth it in my book.
This option is my favorite and I try to do it everyday. Your body feels vibrant and you have a glow to you that others will notice for a while. Reconnecting with your body will help you diagnose other ways you might want to treat yourself with natural highs. I have personally seen more people’s attitudes and lifestyles change dramatically, for the better after even just 3 yoga sessions. I recommend a heated class for a ‘great body high’. But if you’ve never done on before start with a basic Vinyasa class, as the heated class are intense and injuries happen. For those searching for a spiritual experience or mental buzz a Kundalini would be right up your alley. There are times I feel I need to scoop myself back into my body afterward!
This one is kind of like my cigarette without smoking. I use it anytime I’m frustrated or overstimulated. Count your inward breaths to ten. Start working again continuing to breathe again to ten before you release your breath.While your breathing your mind will call attention to what is bothering or too up your face. It’s vital you smile to it inwardly and release it with your next deep exhale. This is far more effective than smoking for stress management and won’t give you cancer!
Conscious Love Making
Sex is great but if you’re looking for more than a work out take your time and show your love! Besides a myriad of chemicals that feel awesome in your body, your spirit is being nurtured and your mind is focused. What will set this apart is the intention you set and the way you can non verbally communicate a deep seated love to your partner.