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First Contact with Extraterrestrial Beings: Exploring the Unknown

One of recorded history’s most prolonged-running and written conspiracy theories is whether we are alone. The concept of first contact with extraterrestrial beings has fascinated humanity for centuries. As a little boy growing up with movies such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Wars, and E.T. and having direct bloodlines to ancestors like Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon), I have always been enamored and intrigued with the possibility of intelligent life both here on our planet (we know more about the moon than we do our oceans) and what is out there among the darkness of space in our universe containing more stars than the grains of sand on all of the beaches here in Earth. In this article, we will delve into the hypothetical scenario of first contact with extradimensional beings, extraterrestrials, or “aliens,” exploring the various possibilities, potential challenges, and the impact they may have on our world and finally start to answer humans’ biggest question, are we truly alone in this universe.

The possibility of encountering intelligent life from other planets or discovering something right here in our oceans, deep down in the planet or the ice-covered continent of Antarctica, sparks our imagination and raises profound questions and debates about our human place in the universe. Who better to research and discuss than those subject matter experts who have traveled to space and would have first-hand knowledge and experiences with the UFO phenomenon, Navy test pilot, NASA astronaut, and MIT graduate Edgar Mitchell?

In 1966, just 13 years after enlisting in the United States Navy, Edgar Mitchell became a NASA astronaut. Mitchell spent much of his adult life as a Naval Aviator before attending the Navy’s postgraduate school. He became a Navy research pilot and earned his Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was in the rotation for Apollo Missions 9 and 10 and was supposed to go up with the ill-fated Apollo 13. However, it was during Apollo 14 that Edgar Mitchell was finally able to set foot on the moon’s surface. While returning to Earth, he finally had a moment to take in the view. Seeing Earth from the outside changed how he saw himself and humanity.

“My own experience was a very powerful one —on the way back after my work was done…From looking at Earth from space, you come up with the question, who are we, how did we get here, and where’s all this going? And that’s an ancient question that humans have asked for a long time. My experience was to realize that perhaps our science is wrong at answering these questions, and perhaps our religious cosmologies are archaic and flawed. And given that now we are an extraterrestrial civilization ourselves, we need to re-ask these questions,  do a lot more work to find the answers. I happen to be privileged enough to be in on the fact that we have been visited on this planet, and the UFO phenomenon is real.
-Edgar Mitchell.

The once-enlisted sailor and celebrated astronaut who became the sixth human on the moon passed over in 2016 at age 85.

I. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI):
Humanity’s fascination with intelligent life beyond Earth has led to the establishment of organizations such as the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Through radio telescopes and other advanced technologies, SETI has been scanning the cosmos for any potential signals indicating the presence of alien civilizations. The discovery of such signals could potentially pave the way for first contact.

II. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST):
JWST is a large, space-based observatory that is set to be launched by NASA. It is designed to study the universe in infrared wavelengths and will be able to see the first galaxies that formed in the early universe. As for whether the James Webb telescope will discover life, its primary goal is not to search for extraterrestrial life directly. However, the telescope will be able to study the atmospheres of exoplanets, which could provide valuable information about their potential habitability. While the JWST may not directly discover life, it could contribute to our understanding of the conditions that could support life on other planets.

III. The Encounter: A Momentous Event:
If first contact were to occur, it would undoubtedly be a momentous event in human history. The initial encounter between humans and aliens could take various forms, from direct physical encounters to communication through advanced technologies. Both parties’ reactions would be a mix of curiosity, excitement, and apprehension.

IV. Cultural and Linguistic Barriers:
Communication with extraterrestrial beings would present significant challenges due to potential cultural and linguistic barriers. Aliens may have different ways of perceiving and understanding the world, making it difficult to establish meaningful communication. Developing a universal language or using advanced translation technologies would be crucial in bridging this gap.

V. Technological Advancements and Scientific Collaboration: 
First contact would undoubtedly spur significant technological advancements and scientific collaboration. The exchange of knowledge and ideas between humans and aliens could revolutionize our understanding of the universe, leading to breakthroughs in physics, biology, and astrophysics. The sharing of advanced technologies could also profoundly impact our way of life.

VI. Societal and Ethical Implications: 
The societal and ethical implications of first contact cannot be understated. The encounter with a more advanced civilization may raise questions about our existence, religion, and philosophy. It could also challenge our perception of humanity’s place in the universe and prompt us to reevaluate our values and priorities as a species. The potential for conflicts and power struggles may arise, requiring careful consideration and diplomacy.

VII. The Impact on Earth’s Ecosystem: 
The arrival of aliens could have unintended consequences for Earth’s ecosystem. Introducing alien organisms or technologies could disrupt delicate ecological balances, leading to unpredictable outcomes. Establishing protocols and guidelines to prevent any irreversible damage and ensure the preservation of our planet’s biodiversity becomes crucial.

In conclusion, First contact with aliens remains a hypothetical scenario, but it captivates our collective imagination. Exploring this possibility raises profound questions about our place in the universe, our understanding of life, and the potential for scientific and technological advancements. As we continue to search for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence, we must also contemplate the societal, ethical, and environmental implications that first contact would entail. We can only navigate the unknown and embrace the potential opportunities and challenges that await us in the vast cosmos by approaching this hypothetical scenario with open minds and careful consideration. Welcome to our Roaring 20’s of change, renaissance, and transformation!

“We don’t need to be this warlike civilization. We need to learn to be a cooperative civilization working together to solve our survival problems and our sustainability problems. Because right now, civilization as we live it is not sustainable… it’s a question as to whether we can make it through this century or not, the way we’re doing things right now.”  -Edgar Mitchell.

“A new day! A new opportunity! A day we have not seen before to use our intuition to prospect this wonderful world around us! -The Intuitive Prospector™

Author: Marc Lainhart   http://bestamericanpsychics.com/listing/marc-lainhart

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February 22, 2024Comments Off, , , , , , , , , aliens | bap blog | best american psychics | Blog | extradimensional | extraterrestrials | Marc Lainhart | NASA | The Intuitive Prospector | UFO
The Diamonds of Being Alone

Being alone is often misunderstood and stigmatized in our society. Many people associate being alone with loneliness and isolation, but it is essential to recognize that being alone can be a valuable and enriching experience. This article will explore the art of being alone, its benefits, and how to cultivate a healthy relationship with solitude.

  1. Embracing Solitude:

Being alone allows us to reconnect with ourselves and explore our thoughts and emotions. It will enable us to step away from the distractions and noise of the world and focus on our own needs and desires. Embracing solitude can lead to self-discovery, personal growth, and a deeper understanding of ourselves.

  1. Reflection and Self-Discovery:

We have the space and time to reflect on our lives, goals, and values when alone. This introspection can lead to self-discovery and a better understanding of who we are, allowing us to identify our strengths and weaknesses and make choices and decisions that align with our authentic selves.

  1. Creative Expression:

Being alone can also foster creativity and innovation. It provides the freedom to explore new ideas, engage in artistic pursuits, and experiment with different forms of self-expression. Many great artists, writers, and thinkers have credited their periods of solitude as crucial to their creative process.

  1. Independence and Self-Reliance:

Spending time alone can help develop a sense of independence and self-reliance. When alone, we learn to rely on ourselves for companionship, entertainment, and problem-solving. This can lead to increased self-confidence and a greater sense of empowerment.

  1. Mindfulness and Inner Peace:

Being alone in our fast-paced and constantly connected world allows us to slow down and cultivate mindfulness. It provides an opportunity to be fully present in the moment, to observe our thoughts and emotions without judgment, and to find inner peace and tranquility. Mindfulness practice has been shown to reduce stress, enhance well-being, and improve overall mental health.

  1. Building Meaningful Connections:

Being comfortable with being alone can enhance our ability to form meaningful connections with others. When secure in our own company, we are less likely to seek validation and fulfillment from external sources. This allows us to enter into relationships from a place of authenticity and independence, fostering deeper connections and healthier dynamics.

In Conclusion:

Being alone is not something to be feared or avoided but rather an art to be embraced and cultivated. It provides us with an opportunity for self-discovery, creativity, independence, and mindfulness. By learning to appreciate and enjoy our company, we can build a stronger sense of self, foster personal growth, and cultivate meaningful connections with others. So, let us not shy away from solitude but instead embrace it as a valuable and enriching experience.

“A new day! A new opportunity! A day we have not seen before to use our intuition to prospect this wonderful world around us!  -The Intuitive Prospector™

Author: Marc Lainhart  http://bestamericanpsychics.com/listing/marc-lainhart

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February 8, 2024Comments Off, , , , , , , , , , , , , , alone | best american psychics | Marc Lainhart | mindfulness | Peace | reflection | solitude
Celebrating Excellence: 2024 Award Winners

At Shay Parker’s Best American Psychics (BAP), we take immense pride in acknowledging exceptional talent, dedication, and contributions within the realm of psychic and mediumship services.

It is with great pleasure that we announce and celebrate the esteemed recipients of the 2024 BAP Awards, recognizing outstanding individuals who have showcased remarkable expertise, compassion, and commitment in their respective fields.

Psychic of the Year Award – Mari Cartagenova

Renowned Psychic Medium and bestselling Author Mari Cartagenova claims the prestigious Psychic of the Year Award. Mari’s heartfelt connections with departed loved ones and fur babies, coupled with her unwavering professionalism, exemplify her exceptional talent and dedication.

Fabulous Feedback Award – Regg Evans

Regg Evans receives the Fabulous Feedback Award for continuously earning overwhelmingly positive feedback from clients. Regg’s commitment to providing exceptional Psychic Soul Readings, Relationships, and Spiritualist Healing Mediumship sessions is truly commendable.

Social Activism Award – LJ the Medium

LJ the Medium is honored with the Social Activism Award for her philanthropic endeavors. LJ’s advocacy for organ donation, support for various charitable causes, and unwavering dedication to raising awareness embody the true spirit of social responsibility.

Awesome Accolades Award – Kelly Palmatier

Kelly Palmatier earns the Awesome Accolades Award for her multifaceted contributions. A Psychic Medium, educator, and philanthropist, Kelly’s dedication to ethical psychic practice, educational outreach, and philanthropy stands as an inspiration to many.

“These award recipients represent the pinnacle of excellence in the psychic and mediumship industry,” said Shay Parker, founder of Best American Psychics. “Their unwavering dedication, compassion, and commitment to serving others exemplify the spirit of our organization.”

Each winner embodies values that resonate with BAP’s commitment to upholding the highest standards in the psychic community. They stand as shining examples of integrity, compassion, and excellence.

“These remarkable individuals are beacons of inspiration, enriching lives and creating positive change within the psychic community and beyond,” added Parker.

Congratulations once again to Mari Cartagenova, Regg Evans, LJ the Medium, and Kelly Palmatier on their well-deserved recognition as the distinguished winners of the 2024 BAP Awards!

January 1, 2024Comments Off, , , , , , award | award winner | BAP | best american psychics | bestamericanpsychics | Medium | Mediumship | Psychic | Spiritual
Let Your Heart Be Full This Holiday Season

Have you ever had the feeling of so much love, grief or gratitude in your heart that you felt your chest could burst? If you have, consider yourself blessed and keep it up! If not, read on. The power of feeling fullness in your heart is a profound and transformative experience, even if it comes with intense emotions. It’s a sensation that transcends the boundaries of mere contentment; it’s an emotional richness that leaves a lasting imprint on your soul.  

When your heart is full, it’s as if every fiber of your being is infused with warmth and light. It’s a sensation that can arise from moments of deep connection, profound gratitude, or overwhelming love. The intensity of these emotions might bring tears to your eyes or a lump to your throat, or a complete sob fest, but it’s in these moments that you truly understand the depth of human experience. Let it flow!  

The power of a full heart lies in its ability to elevate your perspective. It allows you to see the beauty in both the extraordinary and the ordinary aspects of life. Whether it’s sharing laughter with loved ones, a breathtaking moment in nature, or a simple awareness of gratitude and kindness surrounding you, the fullness in your heart magnifies the significance of these moments.  

Even in the face of challenges or hardships, a heart filled with emotion becomes a source of strength. It provides resilience, reminding you that within the dance of life, there are moments of profound beauty and connection that sustain and nourish your spirit, and remind you of who you really are.   

The intensity of emotions that accompanies a full heart is a testament to the depth of your capacity to feel and experience life. It’s a reminder that vulnerability is not a weakness but a doorway to profound connection and understanding. Whether it’s joy, love, or gratitude, embracing these intense emotions allows you to live fully and authentically.  

In a world where we are often taught that feeling deeply or crying is to be avoided and is often characterized by its fast pace and constant demands, taking the time to acknowledge and appreciate the fullness in your heart becomes a powerful act of self-care. It anchors you in the present moment, fostering mindfulness and a sense of peace that extends beyond the fleeting nature of intense emotions.  

So, embrace the power of feeling a fullness in your heart, even if it stirs intense emotions. For within that fullness lies the magic of being alive, fully engaged with the beauty and complexity of the human experience. Allow all the feelings that come up for you in this holiday season to remind you that perhaps essentially, you ARE love.   

May the beauty of the season and festivities bring you peace and fullness of heart. Whether you’re celebrating with family, friends, or finding solace in quiet moments, let your heart be full. May it be with gratitude and goodwill, even if there is some grief or nostalgia mixed in.   

Wishing you a magical and fulfilling holiday season!  

December 13, 2023Comments Off, , , , , , , , , , , , , Emotion | happiness | Heart | Holiday Season | Holidays | joy | Love | Peace | Soul
Preparing & Maintaining Your Energy Health This Holiday Season

During the holidays, it’s common to be around a lot of people and in many different environments. While this can be fun and festive, it can also leave you feeling drained and overwhelmed if you’re not careful about protecting your energy. Here are some tips for keeping your aura clean and avoiding taking on psychic energy from others during the holidays: 

Set boundaries:

Before attending events or spending time with others, set clear boundaries for yourself. Decide what you’re willing and able to give of your time and energy and communicate that to others. Catch yourself if you are “people pleasing”. 

Prepare with visualization before you go to the gathering:

See the event in your mind ahead of time, and actively place positive and protective energies around the space you will be in. A restaurant, or a person’s home, or your own home if that is where the gathering is going to be. I personally use angels on every corner of the property, and inside in all corners of the space. I ask that they continuously clear the space from any negative lower frequencies that may be there. I then ask that the doorways be cleared and guarded with pure light, so any negative energies are purified as people walk through them. This is called treating or setting the space ahead of time. Then, when I walk into the gathering, I know I am walking into ease, light, joy, and positive energy for the time there. If angels don’t work for you, use a body of light with colors you like, or power animals or spirit guides and loved ones on the other side, or fairies and elementals. I have a friend who calls in the Divine Creator to do this protection, and Jesus. It just depends on what truly resonates with you.  

Protect yourself:

Visualize yourself surrounded by a protective bubble of light that shields you from negative energy. You can also carry protective crystals like black tourmaline or amethyst or wear a piece of jewelry that has special meaning to you. If you find yourself “cornered” by someone who is an energy vampire, talking “at” you instead of with you, and by so doing is literally filling themselves up with your energy as you listen to them, simply place a hand on your solar plexus to “shield” yourself from the energy cording the other person is doing to you. At the same time imagine the energy from them that is going into you draining right out your feet and into the Earth. Energy cords are cords of psychic energy that get created through (unconscious or conscious) emotions.  We can give and take these cords of energy from others all the time all day long as we move about and interact with life. When there is a strong emotion in an interaction, the cords will be stronger and feel more obvious.  

Practice mindfulness:

Stay present in the moment and pay attention to how you’re feeling. If you notice yourself becoming overwhelmed or drained, take a break and do something that helps you feel grounded, like deep breathing or meditation.  

Clear your energy:

Take time each day to clear any negative energy from your aura. You can do this by smudging with sage or palo santo, taking a salt bath, spending some time out in nature, breathing in fresh air, or practicing visualization techniques. 

Surround yourself with positive people:

Seek out relationships with people who uplift and inspire you and avoid those who drain your energy or bring negativity into your life. 

Eat sensibly and somewhat cleanly:

Be mindful of the sugar, alcohol and dairy you are consuming, and the quantities of such. Moderation is key! 

By incorporating these practices into your daily routine, you’ll be better equipped to protect your energy and maintain a clean aura during the holidays and beyond. 

Author: Katherine Glass    http://BestAmericanPsychics.com/listing/katherine-glass  2023 featured blogger (11)

December 7, 2023Comments Off, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , best american psychics | Blog | Christmas | energy | Energy Healer | Energy Health | Health | Holidays | katherine glass | stress
The Fascinating and Complex Topic of Consciousness and the Pineal Gland

Consciousness and the Pineal Gland is a fascinating and complex topic that has intrigued philosophers, scientists, and thinkers for centuries. This article will explore and discuss different aspects of consciousness as we “prospect” deeper on its definition, theories, philosophy, and implications.

To begin, let us define consciousness. It refers to our awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and experiences, the subjective “inner world” we all possess. It enables us to perceive, think, and have a sense of self. However, what exactly gives rise to consciousness?

One prominent theory is the Integrated Information Theory (IIT) proposed by neuroscientist Giulio Tononi. According to IIT, consciousness arises from integrating and applying information within a complex network of neurons. The theory suggests that the more interconnected and differentiated the network, the higher the level of consciousness.

Another theory worth mentioning is the Global Workspace Theory (GWT) put forth by Bernard Baars. GWT suggests that consciousness can be thought of as a global workspace, where different parts of the brain contribute to the processing and integration of information. This theory highlights the importance of attention, as it determines which information becomes conscious and enters our global workspace. While these theories provide valuable insights into the nature of consciousness, the mystery of how our subjective experiences or “Soul Adventures” arise from physical processes in the brain remains unsolved. Today, this process is called the “hard problem” of consciousness.

Consciousness also raises philosophical questions about the relationship between mind, body, and spirit. Dualism, famously advocated by René Descartes, suggests that consciousness is separate from the physical body and brain. On the other hand, materialism argues that consciousness results from physical processes in our brains. Finding common ground between these perspectives remains a challenge to both science and spirituality to this day. “No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.” -Carl Jung.

Exploring the implications of consciousness is another intriguing aspect. Consciousness plays a crucial role in our daily lives and relationships, shaping our perceptions, emotions, and decision-making. It allows us to experience joy, beauty, love, pain, suffering, and fear. Understanding consciousness could potentially lead to advancements in fields like psychology, artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum computing, and even ethics for the future of our society.

Studying altered states of consciousness, such as meditation, dreams, plant medicine, or even Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) or Out of Body Experiences (OBEs), provides further insight and perspectives into the nature of our consciousness. These altered states challenge our conventional understanding, our beliefs, and our human reality and can offer glimpses into the potential depths and mysteries of our subjective experiences. Many believe and have written over the centuries that the Pineal Gland is the gateway or portal to these undiscovered depths of human experiences and deeper consciousness: “A dream is the key that unlocks the mysteries of the waking world.” -Juliet Marillier.

The pineal gland in the center of the human brain is a small but intriguing gland that has captured scientists’ and mystics’ curiosity and imagination. While its biological function in melatonin regulation is well understood, the mystical and metaphysical associations surrounding it continue to be a subject of fascination and speculation.

As scientific research progresses, we may gain further insights into the pineal gland’s potential functions and impact on our consciousness and spiritual experiences. The pineal gland, often referred to as the “third eye,” has been a subject of fascination and speculation throughout history, so let us take a closer look and explore the anatomy, function, and mystical associations of the pineal gland, shedding light on both scientific and spiritual understanding and alternative theories as part of the human consciousness and our human experiences. “The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.” -Albert Einstein.

-Anatomy and Location:

The pineal gland is a small, pinecone-shaped endocrine gland located deep within the brain in the epithalamus region. It is situated near the brain’s center, between the two hemispheres, and connects to the brain’s visual system.

-Biological Function:

The pineal gland is scientifically known for producing and regulating melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep-wake cycles. Melatonin is synthesized and released by the pineal gland in response to the circadian rhythm, with higher levels at night and lower levels during the day.

-The Pineal Gland as the “Third Eye”:

The pineal gland has gained mystical and metaphysical associations throughout history. Some ancient cultures, such as the Egyptians and the Hindus, believed that the pineal gland was the seat of spiritual and psychic abilities. This association is linked to the gland’s location and resemblance to the human eye.

-Descartes’ Theory of the Pineal Gland:

René Descartes, a 17th-century philosopher, proposed that the pineal gland was the point of interaction between the mind and the body. He suggested that it served as a connection between the physical and non-physical realms, allowing for the interaction of the soul and the material body.

-DMT and the Pineal Gland:

Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in various plants, animals, and even the human body. Some theories propose that the pineal gland is responsible for the production and release of DMT, which is also believed through the centuries to be involved in mystical experiences and altered states of consciousness.

-The Pineal Gland and Light:

The pineal gland contains light-sensitive cells like those found in the eye’s retina. These cells, known as pinealocytes, play a role in detecting light and regulating melatonin production. The release of melatonin is inhibited by light exposure, which explains its role in maintaining our sleep-wake cycles.

-Decalcification and Activation:

Some alternative theories suggest that the pineal gland can become calcified over time, leading to its decreased functionality. Certain practices, such as meditation, sound therapy, and exposure to specific frequencies, are believed to aid in decalcification and activation of the pineal gland, potentially unlocking its spiritual and psychic capabilities.

-Scientific Research and Limitations:

While the pineal gland’s role in melatonin production and regulation is well-established, many mystical, metaphysical, and spiritual claims surrounding it for thousands of years remain speculative and somewhat elusive. The scientific understanding of the pineal gland is still evolving, and further research is needed to explore its potential functions beyond melatonin regulation and the relationship or correlation to the human consciousness and the human brain’s interactions with the physical and material world. “Keep the pineal gland operating, and you will never grow old; you will always be young.” -Edgar Cayce.

In conclusion, consciousness is a multifaceted phenomenon that captivates our curiosity. While progress and moving forward is part of the human journey, understanding its neural correlates and theoretical frameworks, the nature of consciousness remains elusive. Exploring, connecting, and “prospecting” consciousness deepens our understanding of ourselves, our world, and our lives. It raises profound questions about the nature of reality and the many mysteries associated with consciousness moving on after the natural progression of what humans call physical death. “The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” -Lao Tzu.

Author: Marc Lainhart http://BestAmericanPsychics.com/listing/marc-lainhart

 

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November 27, 2023Comments Off, , , , , , , , , , , awareness | best american psychics | Blog | Consciousness | Marc Lainhart | Pineal Gland | third eye
The Happiness Journey of Joy and Being Present in a Crazy, Chaotic and Negative World

Have we ever encountered someone filled with pure joy and happiness? We know it, not just because we see and witness it, but because we can feel it and the incredible energy radiating around that person! How is this even possible? What is their secret? How did they gain such knowledge and wisdom to become, apply, and radiate such joy and happiness? The happiness journey of joy and being is what many of us strive and “prospect” for in search of becoming gentler, kind, compassionate, light-hearted, having an attitude of gratitude, or going through life with that happy-go-lucky state of mind while enjoying this amazing life journey, not just as humans, but as humans being! Joy is not something to be faked and does not come from outside of us; it comes from within and can be seen and felt across a vast room. So how do such people develop such traits of joy and happiness, and how can we be more aware of the joy, happiness, and the art and application of being joyful?

Practice Stop Complaining! Joyful people have daily practice and dedication, spending their valuable time not complaining. The journey of both joy and being in the present moment will raise energy to a more positive experience, where constant complaining about our lives or the material world around us brings down the energy to a more negative impression, a feeling of dread or gloom and can be bad behavior, trait, and human habit for the health of our cells, our nervous system, our heart and mind, which responds directly to our thoughts, words, and actions.

People who are happy and radiate joy very often first look inward and focus on that inner voice, the higher self, the ego, the self-sabotage, and the one person we talk to the most in life, ourselves! Then, after a brief conversation with themselves, people who have joy and radiate happiness will turn their focus, attention, and awareness outward to the material world and shift the synergy and mindset with all positive aspects of daily life and all positive aspects of daily living and the human experience. What was the good in our day? Only we can decide that. When directly impacted by adversity and the negativity that life can bring forward to all of us, move or shift to both awareness of that feeling around, breathe in deeply, practice a pause, alter, or become mindful, and move away from such thoughts, people, conversations and or groups. As the old saying reminds us, “misery loves company,” so do yourself a huge and healthy favor, create distance, create boundaries, create mindfulness, and actively move away from those thoughts, people, and life situations because it is draining, exhausting and not a great combination for the journey towards joy and happiness. It takes away, distracts, and disconnects us from all the good around us.

It is okay, natural, and part of being a human being to claim, speak, know, and acknowledge that we cannot be filled with joy and happiness every minute of the day, especially in this crazy, chaotic, and fast-moving world of ours, but if we look close enough and make a consciousness choice with our most significant power given to each human being of freewill, joy, and happiness are all around. We need to know when, where, and how to access, acknowledge, accept, blend, and become a good host filled with joy, happiness, and all that comes with it daily. “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” -William Arthur Ward.

Practice Gratitude! The main difference between those who radiate joy and happiness and those stuck in a hostile and low vibrational state of being is that those who have joy and happiness express daily gratitude and create habits for an “attitude for gratitude” daily. There is no need to wait until December 31st to make this a new resolution; make that resolution today, right now, because that is all the time we ever have, and at the end of this day, we are another day older, and time is the one thing that money cannot buy. Look for the “magic in the moments,” the delicious food, a warm shower, a great cup of coffee and conversation with a stranger, a nice sweater, a friendly smile, a lending hand, a sunrise, a sunset, or even both on the same day! Gratitude daily can be endless and vast, and those who choose to live in this state of being will naturally carry a higher vibration of what we put out, we get back or said another way, like attracts like, or as the great Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn from the Star Wars movie reminds us “concentrate on the moment. Feel, do not think. Use your instincts. Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” Joy and happiness are formulas just waiting to be discovered if we choose to look, know where to look, and apply that formula to everyday life.

Practice Being Present! Those searching for joy and happiness are in the present moment and do not run or turn away. Joyous and happy people look for the good in their present moments and journey, even if they disagree with the material world around them and what their eyes are showing them. People filled with joy and happiness in a wild and hostile world will continually be shifting their state of mind to focus on the good things in life, the beauty of life, the gratitude for having this day in life and connecting with the actual, profound, and positive aspects that only this life can bring us. One must make this a conscious choice, a daily decision, a daily dedication, a daily discipline, and a daily goal with determination, ambition, focus, and an applied mindset to live in the present moment and not sit and marinate back to a negative mindset which can be very easy to do if we choose to let it.

According to the teachings and philosophy of Master Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh, lessons remind us that in order to achieve acceptance, we need to start embracing the present moment and the beautiful miracles that exist all around us.  “When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace, and love. Around us, life bursts with miracles–a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, and raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.” 

Practice Selfcare! Instead of filling our minds and oversaturating our nervous system with negative thoughts, people, conversations, situations, social media, or bad human habits that take away from the journey of joy and happiness, take time to tune in to all that makes us happy and get an excellent addition to that new joy, happiness, and being. Joyous people are first kind to themselves, taking each day from the wake-up alarm in the morning until the head hits the pillow after a very positive, uplifting day we can choose to acknowledge, accept, and have if we do want it. Please start each new day with mental exercises, meditation, positive mantras, deep breathwork, journaling, Qigong, yoga, and deep breathwork to channel and move negative thoughts out, only to be replaced with responsibility for positive self-care, mental well-being, and healthy habits to help guide us to joy, happiness, and being. Start today to become the best and most positive version of ourselves.

Practice Acceptance! Joyous and happy people accept their circumstances, people around them, material world events, and situations they know and realize they cannot control. The only control one ever has is how to respond or not respond to the many twists and turns offered on the pathway of L.I.F.E. or, put another way, Learn It From Experience. There is no point in focusing and fixating on the things outside their control and wasting energy and time that can be allocated and used to something, someone, or someplace that can bring joy and happiness, even that little corner of our minds. People filled with joy and happiness accept what the past has taught them and what the present moment can give them and be at peace with life’s decisions. Acceptance will also offer us a broader perspective on the journey and with the practice of not complaining, being present, and gratitude, acceptance will change. Acceptance is a process. They allow things in and around our life paths without actively trying to change them. Acceptance entails letting any experience or “Soul Adventure,” positive, neutral, or negative, exist in life without trying to alter, avoid, or deny it. “Acceptance…is an expression of lived wisdom.” –Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Practice Compassion! It is often the case that people filled with joy, happiness, and a sense of being have a greater awareness and sense of kindness, compassion, and caring for others. When someone is joyous, they do not dwell on how rubbish their life is, what the future holds negatively, or how miserable they might be in the present moment. Instead, they look for the good at that moment, the day, tune in to how they feel about themselves and life, and share that with others, often having more to give! Joyous people can generally carry out more acts of kindness and compassion for others. These do not have to be grand big gestures – they can be small acts of kindness, such as making someone a cup of coffee, helping a person across the street, smiling at a stranger on the bus, or just a phone call or text to express our love for others. Joyous people know that it does not cost anything to be kind. They know that they do not drain their resources by being kind, caring, and compassionate to others.

Practice Looking for the Best in Others! Joyful people develop habits and communication styles that look for good and positive aspects in others. Put another way, joyous and happy people do not try to find what is wrong and a negative aspect with another human being. Instead, they find what they like, what they may have in common, and what is worth their time and investment to acknowledge, support, and even celebrate another person. Now, of course, there will always be exceptions to the rule when people may be rude, outright nasty, entitled, and selfish, but for the most part, joyous and happy people do manage to find something positive about that person and stay with that energy, frequency, and vibration as to not become or marinate in looking for the bad or negative in another but something more positive, uplifting and inspiring with that person. Joyous, happy, and present people have developed a strong and dedicated habit of “finding the good in the day,” this extends to situations, life experiences, relationships, careers, and everything in between. A joyous, happy, and present person is more likely to bring something out or something up with a more positive perspective in another person than someone looking for the negative, drama, and being in that low energy, low vibrational state of being. Joyous, happy, and present people are more likely to pick up and point out the good qualities of another person. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” -Wayne Dyer

Want to take the practice of joy, happiness, and being present to a whole new level or be around those who consistently do? Every year, when the Gallup World Poll releases the happiest nations in the world, Sweden is always in the top five, along with its Nordic neighbors Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. Analyzing why these countries are so happy shows their optimistic view of life with daily perspectives of positivity, joy, happiness, and enjoying the present moment. Practice does make for perfection, but do not let perfect become the enemy of the good, and the happiness journey of joy and being present will genuinely begin to reveal itself!

Author: Marc Lainhart  http://BestAmericanPsychics.com/listing/marc-lainhart

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Halloween – Where Did You Come From?

Halloween is approaching and just as with any year, we can anticipate the fun of celebrating by dressing up in our favorite costumes, bobbing for apples, going to parties and connecting with friends and family.

But have you ever pondered on how Halloween came about? Whether the day stems from a Christian or Pagan holiday? Or a combination of both?

History suggests that Halloween evolved from a Celtic tradition from about 2000 years ago called Samhain. The Celts of Britain and Ireland would celebrate the days of the harvest with a festival, which was held the night before the new year. Not only did November 1st mark the first day of the new year, it was also considered the beginning of the winter period.

The Celts believed that during this time the veil between the worlds was thin and the souls of the dead would return. They worried that evil spirits might harm their crops so to prepare, people would light bonfires to frighten them away. They would also dress up in animal heads or
masks to disguise themselves as protection. In addition, they hallowed out pumpkins and squash to carry as a lanterns to ward off the ghosts. In some ways, this is how witches, goblins, demons, etc. became associated with Halloween.

This was also a time when the Druids felt that it was easier to make predictions about the future since the boundary between the worlds was thin. So they would also engage the priests during the festival to make predictions for the year to come.

Now jump to the 7th century where the Pope establishes that May 13th is All Saints Day or All Hallow’s Day. Did you know that hallow means holy? This day was a way for the Christians to honor the dead with an evening mass along with a celebration that would include a large feast.

And for some reason, The Pope decided to move this holiday to November 1st that following century. Perhaps this was the Pope’s way to change a Pagan holiday into a Christian one?

Regardless, any religious affiliation with the holiday ended with the Reformation. And although the Christian community forbade celebrating the holiday, the Celtics continued to celebrate the day as a secular holiday. Eventually, those secular celebrations made their way here starting around the 19th century as immigrants from Ireland and Britain settled in the United States and brought their costumes with them from abroad.

And over time, Halloween has transitioned to become one of America’s favorite holidays as we celebrate by dressing up and going to costume parties, trick or treating, watching scary movies and much more. How do you celebrate? Wishing you a Happy Halloween!

Author: Cate Coffelt  http://bestamericanpsychics.com/listing/cate-coffelt

Psychic - Regg Evans

Sources:
Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopedia (2023, September 13). Halloween. Encyclopedia
Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Halloween
Halloween. (2023, September 6). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

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Halloween and the Ominous Owl

Did you know that October is Owl month? This is the month that the owl prepares for breeding and the approaching winter. They tend to be more active during this time and this is why you will often hear their call during the dark of the night more at this time of year than any other.

They are nocturnal, and have a unique appearance. Their eyesight is unparalleled and they are known as silent fliers as can they easily silently swoop down upon their prey. They also have a piercing stare with the ability to turn their necks at 300 degrees. And did you know that they are known to become more vocal during full moons as well?

And the Owl has quite a varied reputation!

On one hand, you have ancient Greek mythology where the owl was the companion of the Greek Goddess Athena. The owl was perceived to be wise and intelligent and revered within their culture. It was believed that the owl would reveal the truths of the world to Athena. She could see what others could not because the owl was there to provide her with wisdom.

Then you have the Romans, who viewed the owl as a bad omen. They believed the owl fed not only on animals, but humans too. So when Rome defeated Athens, perceptions of the owl became more spiteful. In fact, the Romans did not believe that owls were real.
They believed that the witch or wizard actually turned themselves into the owl and then they would suck the blood of babies. Many owls were killed in the Middle Ages because of this and the reputation of the owl had morphed and became associated with witches. The Roman’s also
believed that if you heard the hoot of an owl, there was a witch nearby.

So it is no coincidence that the Owl is associated with Halloween. Halloween does have its roots with the Celtic festival, Samhain. Samhain was celebrated on October 31st of each year and it was thought that the barrier between the worlds was thin. The Celts believed that the
spirits would rise up and visit their farms and homes and often dressed up in masks and animal heads to ward off any evil. They also believed that because owls were creatures of the night, they were the seer of souls and the guardians of the underworld.

Many myths regarding the owl still exist amongst some cultures today. For example, one belief is that if you hear an owl, death is imminent for someone. Another myth is that if you hear a screech of an owl at your home, then someone within the home will die. Even the owl’s ability
to rotate it’s neck became a superstition.

The owl is a special bird. One that is filled with mystery, intrigue and a diverse reputation. What are your beliefs about the owl?

Author: Cate Coffelt http://bestamericanpsychics.com/listing/cate-coffelt

Psychic - Regg Evans

Sources:
Owls in Mythology and Culture. (2021, April 24 ). In The Owl Pages. https://www.owlpages.com/owls/articles.php?a=62

Owl Myths and FAQ’s (2023, September 13). The Owl Center. https://www.internationalowlcenter.org/mythsandfaq.html
Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopedia (2023, September 13). Halloween. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Halloween

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Halloween and the Mysterious Black Cat

The beautiful black cat. They have been associated with bad luck, witches and evil. You’ve heard the old wives tale that if you cross paths with a black cat that bad luck will surely follow. But where did this superstition come from?

As an Animal Communicator, I can’t help but feel sorry for the reputation of the black cat. How did the black cat go from being worshipped, loved and a part of a collective that was considered a divine symbol in ancient Egypt to an evil being connected to Satan?

It is common to read how often cats appeared in Greek mythology. One myth suggests that Hecate, the Greek Goddess of sorcery, magic, and witchcraft, was the guardian of a cat. But this cat was more than just a cat! This cat was also a familiar! A familiar is viewed as a demon in
disguise and were rumored to assist witches with their super natural powers.

But myths aside, the black cat can be traced to the Celtic festival Samhain, which was held every year on October 31st. This festival marked the close of a bountiful harvest season and the start of the long winter.

It is believed that the Cat Sith (a fairy creature in the form of a black cat with a white spot on the chest) would bless the house of anyone who left him some milk. But, the home would be cursed if there was no milk left out.

Fast forward to the 13th Century when the Pope declared the black cat as an incarnation of Satan and an “idol of witches.” This declaration was listed in a church document called the “Vox in Rama”, a decree published in June of 1233 denouncing Luciferian in Germany, a form of
Satan worship.

Millions of cats were eliminated over the next few hundred years as a result of this decree. This condemnation of the black cat also spawned the beginning of the inquisition and church sanctioned witch hunts which spread quickly through Europe and eventually in Salem.

But did you know the witches started becoming popular before the persecutions began? The witches worked with energy, honored the natural world and held a deep respect for the animals and plants. They were healers. And although the Church in Europe and the early Christians co-
existed with the witches, the church saw this popularity as a threat. As a result, the church started the witch hunts that included torturing and killing many innocent souls.

In addition, the church saw the relationship between animal and human as evil and any old woman with a cat became a suspect. People were afraid that these cats were familiars and assisted these old women in their “evil” ways. Some people even believed that the women could
shape shift into the black cat. Perhaps you already know that this is where the term “cat lady” originated from?

But thanks to the waning puritanical movements in the 18th century, fears started to decrease and people started viewing the black cat differently. Edgar Allen Poe even published a short story “The Black Cat” that helped change the perceptions that people held about the black cat. And although black cats are frequently depicted in horror films to this day, since World War II, they have become the symbol for Halloween, but now as good luck.

Do you have a black cat in your life?

Author: Cate Coffelt http://bestamericanpsychics.com/listing/cate-coffelt

2023 featured blogger (9)

Sources:
Why Black Cats Are Associated With Halloween and Bad Luck. (2023, August 11). In The History Channel. https://www.history.com/news/black-cats-superstitions
Why Are Black Cats Associated with Halloween?. (2023, August 11). In The Litter Robot. https://www.litter-robot.com/blog/how-did-black-cats-become-halloween-symbols/

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