In the unawakened state you don’t use thought, but thought uses you. You are, one could almost say, possessed by thought, which is the collective conditioning of the human mind that goes back many thousands of years. You don’t see anything as it is, but distorted and reduced by mental labels, concepts, judgments, opinions and reactive patterns.
—  Eckhart Tolle
The Zodiac Signs and Manipulation

Manipulates others for fun(usually to satisfy curiousity, ‘I-wonder-if-I-could mentality): Aquarius, Taurus, Sagittarius

Manipulates others to gain something(not necessarily tangible): Gemini, Leo, Pisces, Scorpio

Doesn’t/refuses to manipulate others: Cancer, Aries, Libra, Virgo, Capricorn

“Occultism is the ancient science which deals with the hidden forces of nature, the laws governing them, and the means by which such forces can be brought under the control of the enlightened human mind.

An occultist is one who believes in the reality of esoteric sciences, has studied them in a scholarly manner, has resolved to perfect his own consciousness according to their rules, and may, or may not, be able to practice the rituals and formulas of Transcendental Magic. “

Manly P. Hall - The Occult Anatomy of Man

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Do We See the World as it Truly Is?

When we open our eyes, do we see the world as it really is? Do we see reality? The answer is that we don’t see reality, according to new neuroscience research. In Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently, neuroscientist Beau Lotto tells us it is the human mind that imposes meaning on our perceptions. He thinks our perceptions terminate at the boundaries of our brain. According to Lotto, we function with versions of reality that have nothing to do with what is actually out there – what exists in the real world.

Neuroscience studies show that perception is not what our eyes and ears tell us; it is what our brain makes us see and hear. Your personal reality isn’t the perception of what is “out there,” but an observation of what is going on inside your head. The senses are similar to the keyboard of a computer: they provide access, but the real job is done in the brain. Your brain takes in the information from your senses, but your reality isn’t made up of the atoms of the “real world.” It’s made up of the atoms of your brain. Perception is just an illusory product of our mind. The world we see around us is ultimately no more real than a hologram.

New research demonstrates that we do not see the real world; we only see what helped us to survive in the past. As Lotto puts it, “We don’t see reality – we only see what was useful to see in the past.” Much like a road map, our perceptual brain doesn’t offer an accurate spatial representation; rather, it helps us to navigate in a safe and efficient way. The world revealed by our senses is not the real world, but an imperfect copy of it. In our conscious mind we see the world through a distorted perception system. The world we live in does not exist in the way we perceive it. Because of this flawed information collection system we can never see the world as it truly is. Lotto astutely observes that, “Our species has been so successful not in spite of our inability to see reality but because of it.”

Perception underpins everything we think, know, and believe. Yet if our perception is a manifestation of our past, how is it ever possible to step outside the past in order to live and create differently in the future? Lotto believes that deviating from the way we currently perceive will lead to future innovations in thought and behavior in all aspects of our lives. This is why the book is called Deviate. Lotto argues that perception includes a lot of assumptions which contribute to preconceived ideas that keep us stuck in a narrow perspective on our personal and social reality. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and its perceptions, Beau Lotto shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: it is a new way of seeing. Look inside Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently.

Our human nature is to worry about the past and be consumed by the future. It is very difficult for us to be fully engaged in the present.
We worry about uncertain careers or past difficulties or financial concerns or relationship challenges.
We live in a world where our minds are full of seemingly endless chatter and we rarely savor the beauty of being fully engaged in what we are doing.
—  Robin Sharma - How to Become an Extraordinary Human Being

“Turkish coffee was more than just a drink in my home - it was a portal to other worlds…My father remained ever curious about the patterns left by the coffee grounds caked to the insides of the cups, although he never encouraged us to learn the language of symbols that linked us and spirit with those magical vessels.

I asked him one day why they had so much power that Mom said she couldn’t look into them anymore. He said the cups and the coffee themselves had no power at all. He told me that the energy lay in the invisible relationship between the soul of the drinker and the patterns left to tell the story that the soul already knew. It was a way that the soul could speak to the thoughts of the person through symbols and images that I’ve come to understand as the language of Spirit.

I remember asking him why the soul had to speak to the thoughts. He replied that it was because the person’s immortal soul knew everything, but the mortal mind didn’t.”

- Colette Baron-Reid, Messages From Spirit