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“Is that normal?” Living in the 21st Century

3 May , 2014  

“Is that normal?” Living in the 21st Century

by Jim Aldrich


I enjoy cooking. High on my list of favorite things to prepare is liver and onions or spaghetti. Both are dishes that are made better with the use of onion in the recipe.

This brings me to admitting that I tolerate the onion, even with its checkered reputation. Despite its awkward shape, irritating fumes, and its difficulty in peeling when I include it in a recipe I know what I am looking for. A unique flavor, a recognizable scent, and that certain spiciness. Personally, my only issue with the onion is its texture. For whatever the reason the texture of the onion and me are at odds.

Because of the texture, I pick the onion out of my food. Hoping no one will notice. In a childlike fashion I will put any resemblance of an onion off to the side of my plate. If you were hosting a dinner party the onion and I wouldn’t make for the best of guests.



Facing Unconscious Mind

20 Mar , 2014  

The Unconscious Mind

The unconscious mind is the part of the mind which gives rise to a collection of mental phenomena that is manifested within the mind without the individual even being aware that it is occurring. Some examples of this include:

  • Unconscious feelings
  • Automatic, or unconscious skills that we perform out of habit.
  • Thoughts or perceptions that go unnoticed.
  • Hidden phobias and other desires.

The unconscious mind is the main source of the automatic thoughts and night dreams which come to us without any apparent cause. Some of these could even be a repository of memories that we may have long since forgotten; for example a trauma that was experienced during early childhood.  An example of an automatic thought would be a person pondering a solution to a problem, yet fails to do so until one day he wakes up with a fresh idea on his mind that unlocks said problem.

There are actually other terms for the unconscious mind that most people may be more familiar with:

  • Implicit memory
  • Awakening
  • Subconscious
  • Hypnosis, hypnogogia, or simply a trance.
  • The most common is known as subliminal messages.



Sleep Allows Your Unconscious Mind to Communicate with You

2 Mar , 2014  

Sleep Allows Your Unconscious Mind to Communicate with You

Ever since we were small children, we all have been told that sleep is a necessary part of life. We are told to get eight hours of sleep, no less, and for good reason. The brain and the body crave sleep in the same way animals crave food and water. Just as animals are willing to do anything for food and water, our bodies and brains are willing to sacrifice anything for sleep.

Do you know anyone who has fallen asleep while driving? Most of us have, it is fairly common. This can happen due to short unintentional naps called micro-sleep. When people are sleep deprived, they can sometimes slip into short periods of sleep, anywhere from a fraction of a second to several seconds. Just like normal sleep, your heartbeat will slow and you even have the ability to dream.

Unfortunately, it is near impossible to resist micro-sleep and they can often result in danger to one’s self, especially if you are driving. It can even result in death, but the body is willing to risk that for just a small amount of sleep.

A lack of sleep can also cause other issues. For example, it can cause people to become befuddled or disoriented, loose coordination, and in some cases, be unable to retain information. As well, people can also suffer from irritation, depression, and other mental issues if they don’t sleep enough. More…

Being Positive

Your Mindset can Lead You to Prosperity and Happiness

18 Feb , 2014  

Your Mindset can Lead You to Prosperity and Happiness

Does prosperity lead to happiness? The relation between the two is not so simple.  Researchers show that there is a certain financial threshold, any increase in income beyond this threshold doesn’t affect your happiness level. In USA the curve of happiness level vs. income saturates at $75000 annual income. Yet, our average employment income is $35,293, less than a half of the “happiness mark”. Despite all popular positive psychology teachings, it is very hard these days to be poor and happy.

The reason I am writing this article is the book that I read on a plane from Seattle after visiting my parents for Thanksgiving. The book was a present from my father, I guess he really wants me to be rich and happy.

Would you like to go to bed poor and wake up rich? Well, Dr. Joseph Murphy claims that this is an actual possibility in his book “The Power of your Sub-Conscious Mind.”

Murphy’s book focuses on, as the title suggests, what your sub-conscious mind can do, and apparently it is significantly more powerful than most people realize. For example, just thinking and imagining certain things can result in them happening. More…