Lucid Dreams: A Scientific Experimentation

Biology, Psychology, Parapsychology

Date : Feb. 2021

Source : Current Biology

A team of researchers has developed a methodology to experiment two-way communication with dreamers during their sleep. They used EEG (electroencephalography) and facial or ocular response to correlate with stimuli. Dreamers were able to hear simple arithmetic questions and to provide correct answers via a pre-established protocol (ocular or facial movements).
Once awaken, the experimenters were able to confirm they received the questions and transmit the answers, with some distortion in some cases. This experiment confirm the sleep learning phenomenon and open the door to a better understanding of the dream states.

Read more: Current Biology

Integral Yoga Clinical Correlations

Philosophy, Health & Medicine

Date : Jan. 2018

Source : California Institute of Integral Studies

Sri Aurobindo Integral Yoga brings a new paradigm to “articulate a spiritually-informed approach to psychology and psychiatry”. This has now find its way and is becoming part of the mainstream of clinical practices. Integrative medicine, mindfullness-based stress reduction is now accepted and meditation has become a remedy for medical and mental health problems.
This article gives an overview of Sri Aurobindo Integral Yoga Psychology, with its relevance to clinical practice.

Read More : CIIS

Transpersonal Psychology : Moving Beyond Materialism

Philosophy, Psychology

Date : Jan. 2017

Source : California Institute of Integral Studies

Scientific Materialism paradigm is becoming more and more unbearable, and post-materialistic science is emerging. In a paper published in the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, the author is debating the role of Transpersonal Psychology as a contributor to cultural transformation. The metaphysics of Science, Materialism, and Post-Materialism are analyzed and an evaluation of the contribution of Transpersonal Psychology is proposed.

Read More : CIIS

Mindfullness : A Cognitive Therapy for Depression

Medicine, Psychology

Date : Oct. 2020

Source : ScienceDirect

Mindfullness-Based-Cognitive-Therapy (MBCT) are now well developed and well accepted in the medical communities. It has demonstrated its efficiency in psychatric domain, and is used in clinics and hospitals to reduce stress. A new study/experiment, using fMRI brain activation started to correlate the visible effects of this therapy with active zone of the brain.
MBCT relies on intensive mental training with focussed, sustained attention practices. This is equivalent to the first phases of meditation practices and the results of this study brings another demonstration of the relationship/influence the mental can have on the physical body.

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Integral Yoga Clinical Correlations

Health & medicine, Psychology, Parapsychology

Source : IJTS

Date : Sept. 2018

Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga Philosophy was published, starting August 1914, in an Indian review, the Arya. It offered a synthesis of some of the main yoga philosophies from India, the Bhakti (adoration), Karma (action), and Jnana (knowledge) yoga. This synthesis is presented as a path to perceive, understand and to live the One Life.

Modern integrative medicine has brought trans-personal themes inside the mainstream of contemporary healthcare. This article provides with an overview of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga in clinical practices. It encompasses topics as reincarnation, the chakra’s system, parapsychology and mind-body healing.

Read more : IJTS

An Exploration of Mind/Brain Interactions

Physics, Psychology

Source : ScienceDirect

Date : Jul. 2019

Scientists are exploring interactions/relationships between mind and brain. Mind’s effect on matter is scientifically studied and a new model/mechanism is proposed, using and extension of the Bohmian Quantum Mechanics, combined with Avicenna’s philosophical ideas. This study try to demonstrate the causal effect of the mind on the brain, as an incorporeal essence.

Mme Blavatsky often wrote comments on the functions of the brain. Here are two excerpts of her articles :

The fact is that the human brain is simply the canal between two planes – the psycho-spiritual and the material – through which every abstract and metaphysical idea filters from the Manasic down to the lower human consciousness. Therefore, the ideas about the infinite and the absolute are not, nor can they be, within our brain capacities.” (Lucifer, Vol. V, N° 26, October, 1889)

The special organ of consciousness is of course the brain, and is located in the aura of the pineal gland in the living man. During the process of mind or thought manifesting to consciousness, constant vibrations of light take place… What consciousness is can never be defined psychologically. We can analyze and classify its works and effects – we cannot define it, unless we postulate an Ego distinct from the body.” (The Theosophist, Vol. XLVI, N° 11, August 1925 )

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Religion and Morality

Psychology, Religion

Source: The Guardian

Date : Nov 2015

A new study published in Current Biology reveals that religious belief has a negative influence on children’s altruism and judgments of other’s actions. The survey covers some of the monotheistic religions only (Christian’s and Moslem’s). This study report was later on retracted from publication, but can still be accessed here.

Madame Blavastky wrote an article in The Theosophist, Vol. V, N° 2 (1883) about morality and religion : “Exoteric religions base their morality on the hope of reward and fear of punishment at the hands of an Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe by following the rules he has at his pleasure laid down for the obedience of his helpless subjects; in some cases, however, religions of later growth have made morality to depend on the sentiment of gratitude to that Ruler for benefits received. The worthlessness, not to speak of the mischievousness, of such systems of morality, is almost self-evident.”

Read More : The Guardian

Remote Viewing Psychology

Psychology, Parapsychology

Source: YouTube

Date : Jan 2017

An interview of Pr. Charles T. Tart about E.S.P. (Extra-Sensory Perception), where he is discussing his experiences/researches in the field of parapsychology, and specifically Remote Viewing.

Read More : YouTube

Honesty – An existing value of humanhood

Psychology

Source: SCIENCE Magazine

Date : June 2019

Trading between honesty and self-interest is a good indicator of the state of maturity of our societies. A recent study using field experiment in 40 countries shows how honest behavior can be affected by a number of societal factors.

Read More : Science Magazine

Complaining : A Driver to Anxiety and Depression

Health and Medicine, Psychology

Date : 2019

Source: Curious Mind Magazine

Complaining is very common in our human overstressed societies. This research shows how the brain mechanism handle it. The neuropsychologist Donald Hebb developed a theory in the early 1950’s – the Hebbian Theory – which explains how neurons are pairing together in a learning process similar to what recent researches in Artificial Intelligence (AI) called ” Unsupervised Learning”. This article identifies the various types of complainers and gives some advices.

Read More : CuriousMindMagazine, Wikipedia

Dogs can smell your emotional state

Psychology

Date: October 2017

Source: Nature

Science had already shown that dogs can see and hear the signs of human emotions. A new study focused on the evidence that dogs are sensitive to the human’s attentional state when producing facial expressions, and concluded that : “Dogs’ production of facial expressions is subject to audience effects, and can be tailored to the human attentional state suggesting some communicative function and are not simple emotional displays based on the dogs arousal state.

Read more at : Nature

A Happy Life May Not Be a Meaningful Life

Psychology

Date: February, 2014

Source: Scientific American

” A study recently published in the Journal of Positive Psychology helps explain
some of the key differences between a happy life and a meaningful one.  The surveys asked people to answer a series of questions on their happiness levels, the degree to which they saw their lives as meaningful, and their general lifestyle and circumstances.
More broadly, the findings suggest that pure happiness is about getting what we want in life. “


So, the key question is : ” What do we really want in our life ? “
And, to answer this question, we need first to ask : ” Who really is this one who want ? “. Once we have identified the doer, the one who want something, and how this doer functions, we may come back to the first question with a completely different answer.


Radha Burnier, former International President of the Theosophical Society wrote : “A person pursues money life after life. In one life a child dies, in another he loses his reputation, in a third his wife desert him, all sorts of things happen, and he asks himself : ‘What is this money worth ? It does not bring me the happiness I need.’ Then he begins to enquire : ‘What is real happiness ?’ Thus the evolutionary power pushes him until he begins to use rightly the freedom to become aware and act in accordance with that awareness. That freedom is inseparable from intelligence.”


Article : A Happy Life

Yoga and Mindfulness Improve Emotional Health of Third-Graders

Psychology

Education

Health and Medicine

Date: December, 2017

Source: Science Daily, Psychology Research and Behavior Management

A study made by Tulane University showed that third graders who manifest anxiety were helped in their well-being and emotional health after practicing yoga and mindfulness activities.

A group of 20 students underwent special yoga practice while a control group of 32 students underwent the usual school care including counseling. The yoga practice included breathing exercises, guided relaxation and yoga postures. The researchers used two instruments to assess the change in the students: the Brief Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale-Peabody Treatment Progress Battery version and the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory.

“The intervention improved psychosocial and emotional quality of life scores for students, as compared to their peers who received standard care,” said principal author Alessandra Bazzano, associate professor of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health. “We also heard from teachers about the benefits of using yoga in the classroom, and they reported using yoga more often each week, and throughout each day in class, following the professional development component of intervention.”

Sources:

  • www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180410100919.htm
  • Alessandra N Bazzano, Christopher E Anderson, Chelsea Hylton, Jeanette Gustat. Effect of mindfulness and yoga on quality of life for elementary school students and teachers: results of a randomized controlled school-based studyPsychology Research and Behavior Management, 2018; Volume 11: 81 DOI: 10.2147/PRBM.S157503

Google with your Mind

Psychology

Technology

Date: April, 2018

Source: New Scientist

Two scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a device that could detect what one is thinking, send Google queries and get replies from the Internet.

Arnav Kapur and Pattie Maes, the developers, called it AlterEgo, consisting of a headset that puts sensors in seven areas on the cheeks, jaw and chin, and which detects signals in these speech-related areas. In a demonstration with New Scientist writer Chelsea Whyte,  Kapur was asked several questions such as the population of Santiago, Chile, the square root of 360,005 and the product of two large numbers. Kapur just repeated the questions in his mind. The computer responded with the correct answers. In a test with eight people, AlterEgo could recognize words and numbers with 90% accuracy.
AlterEgo is just one of several artificial intelligence softwares being developed to read thoughts through brain waves or nerve signals. The implications can be alarming. The technology now is still in its infancy, but it seems only a matter of time before such devices can really read our thoughts with high accuracy.


Source: New Scientist, April 7-13, 2018