Monday, October 23, 2017

Tattoos: Connecting with Your Spiritual Self with Lisa Barretta

Thousands of years ago, ancient indigenous cultures recognized a deep connection to the cosmos, nature, and the realm of spirit as evidenced in their art, symbols, metaphorical myths, and use of tattoos. These venerable cultures weren’t superstitious; they were enlightened. Their close relationship with the spirit world wasn’t muted by religious dogma or overshadowed by technology. It was a true, pure, authentic connection that very few cultures maintain today. They knew there was a mystical connection in art and symbols, and an even more profound magic in creating and adorning themselves with tattoos. Images that were put on the skin represented an embodiment that linked directly to consciousness. Tattoos told stories, encouraged healing, empowered the wearer, and tapped into the hidden realms of the spirit. Tattoos were, and still are, powerful symbols that speak the cryptic language of the soul.

 Consciously tattooing can be a vehicle for self-empowerment. When you decide to get a tattoo, you are taking part in a potent blood ritual that opens your inner pathways to self-awareness. Getting a tattoo goes well beyond just capturing an image on your body; it also stirs up the emotional cellular memory that lies beneath your skin. You are crossing a threshold and making a commitment to an inked-on symbol that you not only wear outwardly, but also embody. Now, you might be thinking it’s just a little symbol or a cool image, but believe me: your tattoo holds volumes of inner information. The symbols in themselves represent an archetype—or possibly your shadow—that is pulled forth through the decorative tattoo portals you place on your body. It can mean something deep inside of you wants to be outwardly expressed. Alternatively, your consciousness is calling for something to be added so you can embody the energy and power represented by the image you decide to ink.

Tattoos are usually synchronized to events in your life that come from an emotional connection to an experience, a dream, an inner urge, or a certain something or someone. When you ink an image onto your body, you are embodying the vibration of the symbol’s meaning, the color, the transference of energy between you and the tattooist, and even the qualities of the ink. Combined, they’re a personal form of alchemy. Tattooing beyond the sake of vanity can initiate your own shamanic journey into your consciousness, to reveal what’s hidden in the matrix of the body, mind, and spirit.

Yes, tattoos go beyond skin deep. Put a tattoo on your body, and it becomes a sentient image and a portal into your consciousness. In this book, you will see some very compelling examples of how tattoos precipitated a healing, opened the doors to recognizing profound knowledge, and symbolically represented and activated the embodiment of an intended desire. Ah-ha—that brings me to intention. Conscious Ink is about tattooing with intention. An intention behind getting a tattoo gives you more focus and control over the hidden magic in your ink. Once you realize tattoos create an energy exchange with the physical and subtle bodies, you will most likely disengage from the standard opinion that classifies tattoos as merely body art. There is a very cool, supernatural side to tattoos, and they are an unequivocal vehicle for transformation and awareness.

Conscious Ink isn’t a tattoo picture book, nor is it a tattoo history book. It is all about looking at tattoos through the lens of consciousness, the term we loosely call “spiritual.” After all, tattooing is a sacred art, rich in symbolism, ritual, and mysticism. You will come to understand the importance of intention, the vibration of colors, and how body placement all combine with your subtle body energy field to create a permanent body talisman for better or worse. They are spiritual birthmarks, or soul prints, markers along your path to wholeness.

If you are still deciding on whether to get a tattoo, my guess is that you will be making an appointment to get inked by the time you finish [my] book, Conscious Ink. I am inviting you to cross the threshold into the world of body art to explore the intimate, symbolic language of your spirit that is mysteriously veiled within tattoos. I’m sending you good energy as you awaken the spirit within on your artful path to self-actualization and enlightenment.  

Lisa Barretta is a well-established intuitive counselor, Reiki practitioner, and astrologer. During the past 35 years, she has developed a client base that spans North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Lisa is an authority on consciousness, specializing in spiritual evolution and the paranormal. The executive producer of Surviving Death: A Paranormal Debate, she is also the author of even more enlightening titles. See her website HERE

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Real Ghost Hunting: Finding Nothing, but the Truth with Brandon Massullo

Do you remember the first time you heard about someone’s ghostly encounter? Not just someone on TV, but a friend or family member. I was 14, and after my friend thrilled me with his personal encounter with a ghost, he asked me, his voice trembling slightly, “Do you believe in ghosts? Are ghosts real? What causes a ghost?” I must have stared at him for 10 minutes as my brain worked overtime to come up with an intelligent response. But the only answer I could muster up was “I don’t know.” It turns out that my response, at age 14, is very similar to what the majority of mainstream scientists and researchers would say today. My friend’s questions have bothered me for more than 20 years, and I have actively sought the answers through education and interviews with those who report interacting with a ghost. While looking for the answers, I noticed similarities among ghostly encounters, which ultimately led to developing new theories to explain ghosts and ghostly experiences presented in this book.

I haven’t investigated hundreds of haunted locations, nor do I own a vest with hundreds of pockets. I never understood why ghost hunters on TV always have those vests. I do not dress in all black. I don’t claim to have psychic talents. And I’m not part of a paranormal investigation team. What I am is extremely fascinated with reports of ghostly encounters. My passion has led to countless hours combing through the paranormal literature and speaking with people who report ghostly encounters. When someone is recalling their ghostly experience, their whole persona changes.You can physically see the rush of emotion and excitement on their faces. The people around them change as well. From staunch skeptics to steadfast believers, their ears will perk up and their eyes will widen when someone is recalling a ghostly encounter. Everyone is fascinated with ghosts.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a clinical therapist and parapsychologist residing in Northeast Ohio. I’ve worked within the Neurological Institute for the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, conducting behavioral health consultations. Currently, I’m the director of behavioral health for a local hospital. I’ve been fascinated by paranormal phenomena for 20 years, and have been a participant and featured speaker in numerous paranormal forums and events including the Parapsychological Association’s 60th Anniversary Celebration. I studied psychology and parapsychology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and my research has been cited in parapsychological journals, newspaper articles, and mainstream books.

I present my background to communicate that I have experience with assessing hallucinations brought on by mental illness or drug abuse, and Introduction 11 in my opinion, the ghostly encounters that a majority of the millions of people have reported are definitely not the results of mental illness or substance abuse. Upon hearing of someone’s ghostly experience, skeptics are quick to proclaim “They are crazy,” or “You must have been imagining things,” statements that question the witness’s mental stability. This is an uneducated and irresponsible way to respond to someone who reports a ghostly experience, but unfortunately it is far too common. With ghosts and hauntings, although an individual’s experience is unique to them, overall there are some key similarities among all ghostly interactions. Through the years, I started to really listen to people’s paranormal experiences and certain similarities caught my attention and led me to write this book.

A true apparitional or ghostly experience happens on rare occasions and is only possible when several factors line up. These factors include psychological, environmental, and bioenergetic fluctuations. Much time and research has been spent on whether people’s ghostly experiences are of a natural or spiritual origin, which has simply led to scattered results. Looking for a single cause for a haunting or ghostly experience may be too simplistic. For such complicated phenomena, it is likely to be a combination of several theories or mechanisms. In The Ghost Studies, we will explore popular theories on ghosts, discuss the role of energy and electricity during ghostly encounters, and finally, through real-life case examples, explore my theories on the processes that are necessary for apparitions, ghostly experiences, and hauntings. By the end of it, we will have provided answers to questions such as:

  • What causes ghostly experiences? 
  • What is the catalyst to witnessing a ghost?
  • Why do certain people report numerous ghostly encounters and others none? 
  • What leads to certain locations being haunted?

If you are looking for more than ghost stories, and want to know what causes ghostly encounters, The Ghost Studies is for you.

Brandon Massullo is a clinical therapist and parapsychologist residing in Medina, Ohio. Fascinated by paranormal phenomena for more than 20 years, Massullo has been a participant in and featured speaker at numerous paranormal forums and events. He studied psychology and parapsychology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His research has been cited in numerous parapsychological journals, articles, and mainstream books.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Religion and Science Living in Harmony by Joseph Selbie

Making a case for an underlying unity of science and religion would be pointless were it true that science had already ruled out any basis for the beliefs underlying religion. Unfortunately, many people, not just scientists, believe that it is true. There are strong voices among scientists who fervently proclaim that science has, indeed, proven that all religious beliefs are unfounded—that religion is simply keeping alive baseless superstitions and other nonsense. At first glance their arguments are compelling. They invoke the scientific method. They tell us that none of religion’s claims have been proven in the laboratory. They assure us that their arguments rest firmly on factual scientific discovery. They speak with utter conviction. You will no doubt be surprised, therefore, and possibly affronted, when I say that the people who hold such absolute views are simply true believers in their own religion: scientific materialism.

Scientific materialism rests on the belief that everything there is or ever will be springs from the interactions of matter and energy—and from absolutely nothing else. Despite the existence of enduring major scientific mysteries, such as the origin of life and the nature of consciousness, scientific materialists believe that it is only a matter of time before all as-yet-unexplained phenomena will be explained by—and only by—the interactions of matter and energy. This expectation is an article of faith among those who embrace scientific materialism. It is their credo. Given science’s undeniable success over the last three centuries, scientific materialism’s matter-and-energy-only hypothesis is very convincing to a lot of people. 

Science’s means of exploring reality—the scientific method—is the oracle of the age. Using the scientific method, scientists have uncovered myriad laws governing the operation of the physical world. It is no exaggeration to say that the application of those laws over the last two centuries has transformed civilization. Unfortunately for other religions, the religion of scientific materialism is in the ascendant and very influential. Not just many scientists, but also a huge percentage of people in the world, are unknowingly members of the church of scientific materialism because they have embraced the credo: Everything that is, or ever will be, is the result of matter-energy interactions and nothing else.

But make no mistake: The idea that everything that is and ever will be springs from the interactions of matter and energy—and nothing else—is a belief, not a proven fact. Despite the efficacy of the scientific method, it is not the case. Scientific materialists would have us think that science has applied the scientific method to all possibilities for nonmaterial realities and proven them all false. Rather, science as an official body has become so convinced of the truth of scientific materialism that it simply doesn’t explore alternative possibilities. The bias toward material explanations for all phenomena is so strong that it nearly eliminates the possibility of funding for any scientific inquiry that attempts to explore realities other than the material. A vocal portion of scientists dismiss out of hand, or, worse yet, hold in disdain, even the suggestion that there may be nonmaterial solutions to unexplained phenomena. Embracing such a suggestion is not, to put it mildly, a path to a successful career in science.

Although it is true that science has by no means disproven the fundamental beliefs of religion, failure to disprove does not automatically make religion’s beliefs true. How, then, can we decide whether or not there is any truth to religion’s claims? One way we can evaluate such claims is by comparing the testimony of those who have had profound transcendent experiences. When we look beyond the superficial variations of language, culture, and vocabulary such people use to describe their transcendent experiences, we find a compelling consistency. 

Another way to evaluate the veracity of religion’s claims is to study the remarkably similar ways in which the saints and sages attained such transcendent states. At the heart of all religions you will find men and women who practiced a universally effective science of religion. The science of religion is a collection of disciplines, usable by anyone, which, when performed with determined focus and intention, inevitably result in personal transcendent experience. From personal transcendent experience come the revelations that give meaning to all religions. The disciplines that bring personal transcendent experience deserve to be considered scientific because they provide consistent and repeatable results when practiced to perfection.

I hope that you [find] personal inspiration in The Physics of God. Practices of the science of religion that lead to inner awakening—most notably meditation—will allow you to experience a joy beyond anything you’ve ever known.

We are far more than we know.

Joseph Selbie makes the complex and obscure, simple and clear. A dedicated meditator for over 40 years, he has taught yoga and meditation throughout the United States and Europe. He is known for creating bridges of understanding between the modern evidenced-based discoveries of science and the ancient experience-based discoveries of the mystics. Selbie maintains several blogs, including Intersections, which explores how spirituality connects with culture and science. He also authored The Yugas, a factual look at India’s tradition of cyclical history; and a sci-fi/fantasy series, The Protectors Diaries, inspired by the abilities of mystics. Joseph is a founding member of Ananda, a meditation-based community and spiritual movement inspired by Paramahansa Yogananda. He lives with his wife at Ananda Village near Nevada City, California. For more information, go to

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Archetypes: Understand Your Behavior and Reprogram Your Subconscious with Marie D. Jones

All over the world, there are universal symbols understood by every culture, religion, class system, race and creed. These symbols are powerful subconscious drivers of our understanding and perception of the world we live in and the forces we interact with, as well as who we are as human individuals. The actual definition of the word “archetype” is an idea or original pattern/model from which all things of the same type are representations or copies. The ancient Greek root of the word is “archein,” meaning “original, old,” and “typos” meaning “pattern, type, model.”  Thus, an archetype is an original pattern from which all other similar persons, objects, ideas, concepts and themes are derived, copied, modeled and emulated.

In Jungian psychology, an archetype is an inherent idea or mode of thought derived from the experience of the species/race and present in the individual and collective unconscious. Carl Gustav Jung, the famed psychologist, utilized these symbols as a means for understanding the path to personal enlightenment, the way the world works, the way the human psyche works, and how to empower, heal, or achieve goals and desires. There are human and animal archetypes, in fact, Jung once said there were as many archetypes as there are typical situations in life, and they constructed a type of formula for the functioning of the subconscious, and have the distinct characteristic of showing up throughout human history in the same form, with the same meaning. He defined twelve in particular that played a large role in the development of our psyches and personalities.

It doesn’t matter what culture, religion, geographical boundary or language archetype is the same anywhere around the globe, for it represents the language of the collective detached from the intellect and judgment of the conscious mind. Often, we don’t even think about how we got to behave, act and think the way we do, or what molded our personalities, until something happens, usually tragic, that makes us realize we are not happy, fulfilled expressions of our deepest selves. This is where archetypes can be an incredible learning tool.

Common archetypes include:
The Hero – sent on a quest to pursue his/her destiny. Comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell spoke and wrote extensively of the “Hero’s Journey” found in many great novels and movies, including “Star Wars.”
The Self – Our individual persona seeking to become completely realized, usually via the Hero’s Journey.
The Shadow Self – Our opposing, amoral, instinctual, primitive side associated with the past.
Mentor – The main guide of the self on its journey.
The Persona – Our masks we wear to show others and hide who we truly are.
Anima/Animus – Our female and male psyches, roles and desires.
God – The perfected Self.
Goddess – Mother Earth.
Trickster – The change agent.
Beast – Our primitive past of humanity.
Sage – The wise ones among us.
Mother – The nurturer.
Father – The protector.
Wizard – The one who knows how to transform, who has hidden knowledge we seek.
The Fool – Our confused, faulty Self.
Scapegoat – The one we assign blame to.

These are just a sampling of the many archetypes we may already be familiar with, including the enemy/adversary/Devil, who often stands in the way of the Hero achieving his/her mission, and thus, destiny. Because Jungian archetypes are often used to help understand a spiritual and hidden dimension to our existence, they can also help to explain layout of that dimension, and give us insight and guidance as to how to overcome any obstacles or blocks we face on our journey. But Jung was not the only person to develop a list of archetypes. We now have so many others to work with that can help empower us in ways even Jung may not have imagined, all existing in the deepest parts of who we are as human beings.

Jung posited that the collective unconscious was akin to a storehouse of information, myths, stories and symbols that all humans have access to, and is a necessary part of the human psyche. Think of the collective unconscious as a universal reservoir that allows all humans to quench their subjective, symbolic thirst for meaning, especially when it comes to those things that are not objective, empirical or direct experiences. Thus, any symbolic theme in that reservoir can ease the thirst of any culture, albeit in different modes of expression on the surface (think of using a blue cup dipped in a sink as opposed to a green cup – you get the same water, but via a different color cup).

This book looks at the history and meaning of archetypes, their use in literature, philosophy and psychology. But it also takes a deeper look at how these shared symbols of the subconscious can play out in our daily lives, for better or worse, and how we have the power to use them to both our detriment and advantage. As millions of people flock to television shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones,” or movies like the “Star Wars” franchise, they may be totally unaware of the powerful attraction these characters have over them, and the book will take several examples our of popular culture to dissect the archetypes present in each character, and why we become such rabid fans. It’s all about what is happening in our subconscious mind as we view these shows, and fall in love, or hate, with these characters!

Understanding the different aspects of our psyche, our persona, is what archetypes allow us to do, empowering us to take control of how we let them manifest in our love relationships, finances, career goals, health and happiness.
Archetypes are indicators of the stories of our lives...and the good news is, once we become aware of them, we can work with them, even change them, to tell a different, more empowering story. The book will offer tips, tools and exercises specifically designed to help the reader create that new story, as well as insights from people in the fields of psychology, recovery and spiritual growth who use archetypes in their own work to help others heal, grow and succeed in life. It also features intriguing glimpses into the minds of writers who create characters often based upon archetypes that resonate with readers, and how we are all influenced by these symbols in our popular culture, our politics, our religious traditions and our relationships with others.

Each of us, by changing and working with our own individual archetypes, can change our own lives. And, by doing that, we begin to add to the collective to create a more loving, empowering, compassionate world and counteract the symbols of evil and greed, power and corruption. It’s all about putting archetypes to use at home and in the world to shift the paradigm. And it all begins...within.

Marie D. Jones is a best-selling author of nonfiction books exploring the paranormal, spiritual, scientific, and metaphysical realms, including 11:11 The Time Prompt Phenomenon and Mind Wars. She is also a novelist, screenwriter, and producer with several projects in development. She has appeared on radio shows across the globe, including Coast to Coast AM, NPR, and the Shirley MacLaine Show; has lectured widely at paranormal and metaphysical events; and has appeared on television’s Ancient Aliens and Nostradamus Effect series. She writes regularly for a number of paranormal/metaphysical blogs and magazines, and lives in San Diego, California. Her website is
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