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Representation (for the purpose of art or worship) of God in (from upper left, clockwise) Judeo-Christian religions, AtenismZoroastrianism, and Balinese Hinduism.

God, in monotheistic thought, is conceived of as the supreme being, creator, and principal object of faith.[1] God is usually conceived of as being omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (all-present) and omnibenevolent (all-good) as well as having an eternal and necessary existence. God is most often held to be incorporeal (immaterial).[1][2][3] God’s incorporeality or corporeality is related to conceptions of God’s transcendence (being outside nature) or immanence (being in nature); Chinese theology exhibits a synthesis of both notions.

Some religions describe God without reference to gender, while others use terminology that is gender-specific and gender-biased. God has been conceived as either personal or impersonal. In theism, God is the creator and sustainer of the universe, while in deism, God is the creator, but not the sustainer, of the universe. In pantheism, God is the universe itself. Atheism is an absence of belief in God, while agnosticism deems the existence of God unknown or unknowable. God has also been conceived as the source of all moral obligation, and the “greatest conceivable existent”.[1] Many notable philosophers have developed arguments for and against the existence of God.[4]

Monotheistic religions refer to their god using various names, some referring to cultural ideas about their god’s identity and attributes. In ancient Egyptian Atenism, possibly the earliest recorded monotheistic religion, this deity was called Aten[5] and proclaimed to be the one “true” Supreme Being and creator of the universe.[6] In the Hebrew Bible and Judaism, the names of God include ElohimAdonaiYHWH (Hebrew: יהוה‎) and othersYahweh and Jehovah, possible vocalizations of YHWH, are used in Christianity. In the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, one God coexists in three “persons” called the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In Islam, the name Allah is used, while Muslims also use a multitude of titles for God. In HinduismBrahman is often considered a monistic concept of God.[7] In Chinese religionShangdi is conceived as the progenitor (first ancestor) of the universe, intrinsic to it and constantly bringing order to it. Other names for God include Baha in the Baháʼí Faith,[8] Waheguru in Sikhism,[9] Ahura Mazda in Zoroastrianism,[10] and Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in Balinese Hinduism.[11]

Etymology and usage

The Mesha Stele bears the earliest known reference (840 BCE) to the Israelite God YahwehMain article: God (word)

The earliest written form of the Germanic word God comes from the 6th-century Christian Codex Argenteus. The English word itself is derived from the Proto-Germanic * ǥuđan. The reconstructed Proto-Indo-European form * ǵhu-tó-m was likely based on the root * ǵhau(ə)-, which meant either “to call” or “to invoke”.[12] The Germanic words for God were originally neuter—applying to both genders—but during the process of the Christianization of the Germanic peoples from their indigenous Germanic paganism, the words became a masculine syntactic form.[13]

In the English language, capitalization is used for names by which a god is known, including ‘God’.[14] Consequently, the capitalized form of god is not used for multiple gods (polytheism) or when used to refer to the generic idea of a deity.[15][16] The English word God and its counterparts in other languages are normally used for any and all conceptions and, in spite of significant differences between religions, the term remains an English translation common to all. The same holds for Hebrew El, but in Judaism, God is also given a proper name, the tetragrammaton YHWH, in origin possibly the name of an Edomite or Midianite deity, Yahweh. In many English translations of the Bible, when the word LORD is in all capitals, it signifies that the word represents the tetragrammaton.[17]The word ‘Allah’ in Arabic calligraphy

Allāh (Arabic: الله‎) is the Arabic term with no plural used by Muslims and Arabic speaking Christians and Jews meaning “The God”, while ʾilāh (Arabic: إِلَٰه‎ plural `āliha آلِهَة) is the term used for a deity or a god in general.[18][19][20]

God may also be given a proper name in monotheistic currents of Hinduism which emphasize the personal nature of God, with early references to his name as KrishnaVasudeva in Bhagavata or later Vishnu and Hari.[21]

Ahura Mazda is the name for God used in Zoroastrianism. “Mazda”, or rather the Avestan stem-form Mazdā-, nominative Mazdå, reflects Proto-Iranian *Mazdāh (female). It is generally taken to be the proper name of the spirit, and like its Sanskrit cognate medhā, means “intelligence” or “wisdom”. Both the Avestan and Sanskrit words reflect Proto-Indo-Iranian *mazdhā-, from Proto-Indo-European mn̩sdʰeh1, literally meaning “placing (dʰeh1) one’s mind (*mn̩-s)”, hence “wise”.[22]

Waheguru (Punjabi: vāhigurū) is a term most often used in Sikhism to refer to God. It means “Wonderful Teacher” in the Punjabi language. Vāhi (a Middle Persian borrowing) means “wonderful” and guru (Sanskrit: guru) is a term denoting “teacher”. Waheguru is also described by some as an experience of ecstasy which is beyond all descriptions. The most common usage of the word “Waheguru” is in the greeting Sikhs use with each other:

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
Wonderful Lord’s Khalsa, Victory is to the Wonderful Lord.

Baha, the “greatest” name for God in the Baháʼí Faith, is Arabic for “All-Glorious”.

General conceptions

Main article: Conceptions of God

The philosophy of religion recognizes the following as essential attributes of God:

  • Omnipotence (limitless power)
  • Omniscience (limitless knowledge)
  • Eternity (God is not bound by time)
  • Goodness (God is wholly benevolent)
  • Unity (God cannot be divided)
  • Simplicity (God is not composite)
  • Incorporeality (God is not material)
  • Immutability (God is not subject to change)
  • Impassability (God is not affected)[23]

There is no clear consensus on the nature or the existence of God.[24] The Abrahamic conceptions of God include the monotheistic definition of God in Judaism, the trinitarian view of Christians, and the Islamic concept of God.

There were also various conceptions of God in the ancient Greco-Roman world, such as Aristotle’s view of an unmoved mover, the Neoplatonic concept of the One and the pantheistic God of Stoic Physics.

The dharmic religions differ in their view of the divine: views of God in Hinduism vary by region, sect, and caste, ranging from monotheistic to polytheistic. Many polytheistic religions share the idea of a creator deity, although having a name other than “God” and without all of the other roles attributed to a singular God by monotheistic religions. Sikhism is sometimes seen as being pantheistic about God.

Śramaṇa religions are generally non-creationist, while also holding that there are divine beings (called Devas in Buddhism and Jainism) of limited power and lifespan. Jainism has generally rejected creationism, holding that soul substances (Jīva) are uncreated and that time is beginningless.[25] Depending on one’s interpretation and tradition, Buddhism can be conceived as being either non-theistictrans-theisticpantheistic, or polytheistic. However, Buddhism has generally rejected the specific monotheistic view of a Creator God. The Buddha criticizes the theory of creationism in the early Buddhist texts.[26][27] Also, major Indian Buddhist philosophers, such as NagarjunaVasubandhuDharmakirti and Buddhaghosa, consistently critiqued Creator God views put forth by Hindu thinkers.[28][29][30]


Main articles: Monotheism and HenotheismTrinitarians believe that God is composed of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Monotheists believe that there is only one god, and may also believe this god is worshipped in different religions under different names. The view that all theists actually worship the same god, whether they know it or not, is especially emphasized in the Baháʼí Faith, Hinduism[31] and Sikhism.[32]

In Christianity, the doctrine of the Trinity describes God as one God in three divine Persons (each of the three Persons is God himself). The Most Holy Trinity comprises[33] God the FatherGod the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. In the past centuries, this fundamental mystery of the Christian faith was also summarized by the Latin formula Sancta Trinitas, Unus Deus (Holy Trinity, Unique God), reported in the Litanias Lauretanas.

Islam’s most fundamental concept is tawhid meaning “oneness” or “uniqueness”. God is described in the Quran as: “He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him.”[34][35] Muslims repudiate the Christian doctrine of the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus, comparing it to polytheism. In Islam, God is transcendent and does not resemble any of his creations in any way. Thus, Muslims are not iconodules, and are not expected to visualize God.[36]

Henotheism is the belief and worship of a single god while accepting the existence or possible existence of other deities.[37]

More at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God


A photo of the Satanic Temple’s statue of Baphomet, by the artist Mark Porter. The temple sued the companies behind the “Sabrina” series, alleging that the show copies its depiction of the goat-headed deity.

A photo of the Satanic Temple’s statue of Baphomet, by the artist Mark Porter. The temple sued the companies behind the “Sabrina” series, alleging that the show copies its depiction of the goat-headed deity. Credit…Mark Porter and Jessie Wakeman, via Associated Press

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Satan,[a] also known as the Devil,[b] is an entity in the Abrahamic religions that seduces humans into sin or falsehood. In Christianity and Islam, he is usually seen as either a fallen angel or a genie, who used to possess great piety and beauty, but rebelled against God, who nevertheless allows him temporary power over the fallen world and a host of demons. In Judaism, Satan is typically regarded as a metaphor for the yetzer hara, or “evil inclination”, or as an agent subservient to God.

A figure known as “the satan” first appears in the Tanakh as a heavenly prosecutor, a member of the sons of God subordinate to Yahweh, who prosecutes the nation of Judah in the heavenly court and tests the loyalty of Yahweh’s followers by forcing them to suffer. During the intertestamental period, possibly due to influence from the Zoroastrian figure of Angra Mainyu, the satan developed into a malevolent entity with abhorrent qualities in dualistic opposition to God. In the apocryphal Book of Jubilees, Yahweh grants the satan (referred to as Mastema) authority over a group of fallen angels, or their offspring, to tempt humans to sin and punish them. In the Synoptic Gospels, Satan tempts Jesus in the desert and is identified as the cause of illness and temptation. In the Book of Revelation, Satan appears as a Great Red Dragon, who is defeated by Michael the Archangel and cast down from Heaven. He is later bound for one thousand years, but is briefly set free before being ultimately defeated and cast into the Lake of Fire.

In Christianity, Satan is known as the Devil and is sometimes also called Lucifer. Although the Book of Genesis does not mention him, he is often identified as the serpent in the Garden of Eden. In the Middle Ages, Satan played a minimal role in Christian theology and was used as a comic relief figure in mystery plays. During the early modern period, Satan’s significance greatly increased as beliefs such as demonic possession and witchcraft became more prevalent. During the Age of Enlightenment, belief in the existence of Satan was harshly criticized by thinkers such as Voltaire. Nonetheless, belief in Satan has persisted, particularly in the Americas. In the QuranShaitan, also known as Iblis, is an entity made of fire who was cast out of Heaven because he refused to bow before the newly-created Adam and incites humans to sin by infecting their minds with waswās (“evil suggestions”). Although Satan is generally viewed as evil, some groups have very different beliefs.

In Theistic Satanism, Satan is considered a deity who is either worshipped or revered. In LaVeyan Satanism, Satan is a symbol of virtuous characteristics and liberty. Satan’s appearance is never described in the Bible, but, since the ninth century, he has often been shown in Christian art with horns, cloven hooves, unusually hairy legs, and a tail, often naked and holding a pitchfork. These are an amalgam of traits derived from various pagan deities, including PanPoseidon, and Bes. Satan appears frequently in Christian literature, most notably in Dante Alighieri‘s Inferno, variants of the Faust legend, John Milton‘s Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, and the poems of William Blake. He continues to appear in film, television, and music.

More at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satan

Stockholm syndrome (aka captor bonding)

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Stockholm syndrome is a condition in which hostages develop a psychological bond with their captors during captivity.[1] Emotional bonds may be formed between captors and captives, during intimate time together, but these are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims. Stockholm syndrome has never been included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM, the standard tool for diagnostic of psychiatric illnesses and disorders, mainly due to the lack of a consistent body of academic research.[2][3][4] The syndrome is rare: according to data from the FBI about 5% of hostage victims show evidence of Stockholm syndrome.[5]

This term was first used by the media in 1973 when four hostages were taken during a bank robbery in StockholmSweden. The hostages defended their captors after being released and would not agree to testify in court against them.[2] It was noted that in this case, however, the police were perceived to have acted with little care for the hostages’ safety,[6] providing an alternative reason for their unwillingness to testify. Stockholm syndrome is paradoxical because the sympathetic sentiments that captives feel towards their captors are the opposite of the fear and disdain which an onlooker might feel towards the captors.

There are four key components that characterize Stockholm syndrome:

  • A hostage’s development of positive feelings towards the captor
  • No previous relationship between hostage and captor
  • A refusal by hostages to cooperate with police forces and other government authorities (unless the captors themselves happen to be members of police forces or government authorities).
  • A hostage’s belief in the humanity of the captor because they cease to perceive the captor as a threat when the victim holds the same values as the aggressor[7]

Stockholm syndrome is a “contested illness” due to doubt about the legitimacy of the condition.[2] It has also come to describe the reactions of some abuse victims beyond the context of kidnappings or hostage-taking. Actions and attitudes similar to those suffering from Stockholm syndrome have also been found in victims of sexual abuse, human trafficking, terror, and political and religious oppression.[2]

More at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome

Differences Related to Sexual Orientation Found in the Brain

March 1, 2021 (neurosciencenews.com)

Summary: A new neuroimaging study reveals brain patterns that differentiate between men and women are less pronounced in non-heterosexual people. The differences occurred primarily in sensory processing areas of the brain, in particular areas associated with visual processing. Researchers say the brain differences could be linked to a genetic predisposition for same-sex sexual behaviors. The study reveals a neurobiological basis for same-sex attractions.

Source: Karolinska Institute

A large brain imaging study involving researchers at Karolinska Institutet demonstrates that same-sex sexual behaviour-related differences in the brain exist. Patterns in the brain that differentiate between men and women were less pronounced in non-heterosexual individuals, and some of the brain differences could be linked to a genetic predisposition for non-heterosexuality.

The study is published in the scientific journal Human Brain Mapping.

The researchers analysed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and genetic data from more than 18,000 individuals in the UK Biobank. They showed that certain brain structures of non-heterosexual men and women, as judged by reports of same-sex sexual behaviour, were shifted towards that of the opposite sex, a so-called cross-sex shift. These differences occurred primarily in brain areas that are involved in the processing of sensory (including visual) information.

Previous research, including a study published in the journal Science in 2019, has shown that same-sex sexual behaviour is influenced by not one but many genes. But even when taken together these genetic variants explained only up to 25 percent of variation in male and female same-sex sexual behaviour, suggesting that human sexuality is influenced by a complex mix of genetic and environmental factors.

Do genes play a role?

The new study found that a genetic predisposition, or polygenic score, for same-sex sexual behaviour correlated with brain structure, indicating that genes might play a role in explaining some of the sexuality-related variability in the brain. However, these genetic associations were weak, and additional environmental factors, such as the effects of sex hormones, are still believed to play a role in sexual orientation development.

Because sexual minorities are at greater risk of mental ill-health, the researchers also decided to investigate how common psychiatric disorders and victimisation experience related to the MRI findings.

“We found no evidence for a neurobiological link between same-sex sexual behaviour and psychiatric disorders,” says lead author Christoph Abé, assistant professor at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet. “This supports the minority stress theory which suggests that for some individuals, mental ill-health could be a result of minority-related social stressors such as stigma and discrimination.”

A neurobiological basis

The purpose of the study was to increase our neurobiological knowledge about human sexuality and to shed light on the origin of same-sex sexual behaviour-related mental health disparities. That way, the researchers hope to contribute to improved societal understanding and reduced stigmatisation and in turn improved psychological well-being among sexual minorities.

This shows a brain made up of colorful circles
Patterns in the brain that differentiate between men and women were less pronounced in non-heterosexual individuals. The image is in the public domain

“There are many countries and social groups where non-heterosexuality is still stigmatised, because of the belief that homosexuality is a choice or even a mental disorder,” says Christoph Abé. “Our results speak against such theories and indicate that same-sex sexual behaviour has a neurobiological basis.”

Complex and multi-factorial

The researchers emphasise that no conclusions can be drawn about causality and that structural MRI does not provide information on the brain regions’ functional involvement. Moreover, genetic and MRI data cannot be used to predict an individual’s sexual orientation.

“We do not know how the brain differences we found relate to non-heterosexuality, nor do we know how genes affect brain structure, function, and in turn sexual behaviour. These mechanisms are complex and multi-factorial,” says Christoph Abé.

Another important point to consider is that the investigated measures were based on self-reported sexual behaviour and that the UK Biobank sample is not fully representative of the general population.

The study was done in collaboration with the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and King’s College London, UK. The authors did not receive direct funding related to this project.

About this neurobiology research news

Source: Karolinska Institute
Contact: Press Office – Karolinska Institute
Image: The image is in the public domain

Original Research: Open access.
Cross‐sex shifts in two brain imaging phenotypes and their relation to polygenic scores for same‐sex sexual behavior: A study of 18,645 individuals from the UK Biobank” by Christoph Abé, Alexander Lebedev, Ruyue Zhang, Lina Jonsson, Sarah E. Bergen, Martin Ingvar, Mikael Landén, Qazi Rahman. Human Brain Mapping

Cross‐sex shifts in two brain imaging phenotypes and their relation to polygenic scores for same‐sex sexual behavior: A study of 18,645 individuals from the UK Biobank

Genetic and hormonal factors have been suggested to influence human sexual orientation. Previous studied proposed brain differences related to sexual orientation and that these follow cross‐sex shifted patterns. However, the neurobiological correlates of sexual orientation and how genetic factors relate to brain structural variation remains largely unexplored.

Using the largest neuroimaging‐genetics dataset available on same‐sex sexual behavior (SSB) (n = 18,645), we employed a data‐driven multivariate classification algorithm (PLS) on magnetic resonance imaging data from two imaging modalities to extract brain covariance patterns related to sex.

Through analyses of latent variables, we tested for SSB‐related cross‐sex shifts in such patterns. Using genotype data, polygenic scores reflecting the genetic predisposition for SSB were computed and tested for associations with neuroimaging outcomes. Patterns important for classifying between males and females were less pronounced in non‐heterosexuals. Predominantly in non‐heterosexual females, multivariate brain patterns as represented by latent variables were shifted toward the opposite sex. Complementary univariate analyses revealed region specific SSB‐related differences in both males and females.

Polygenic scores for SSB were associated with volume of lateral occipital and temporo‐occipital cortices. The present large‐scale study demonstrates multivariate neuroanatomical correlates of SSB, and tentatively suggests that genetic factors related to SSB may contribute to structural variation in certain brain structures.

These findings support a neurobiological basis to the differences in human sexuality.

(Contributed by Gwyllm Llwydd)

Coca-Cola Asks Its Workers to Be ‘Less White’ to Fight Racism

Employees participated in a controversial anti-racism course, but the result was far from what they expected.

Coca-Cola Asks Its Workers to Be 'Less White' to Fight Racism
Mairem Del Río

Mairem Del Río February 25, 2021 (entrepreneur.com)

One of the great challenges that brands face today is to implement inclusion policies and eradicate sexist, elitist and racist practices, both in their internal operation and in the image they project. For this reason, Coca-Cola believed it was convenient for its workers to participate in an anti-racism course to learn to be “less white”.

The seminar entitled ‘Facing Racism’ , given by Robin DiAngelo , was presented through LinkedIn Education publicly, although not free of charge. The company admitted that, in effect, it invited its workers to take the course, but they clarify that it was not mandatory.

Despite its good intentions, Coca-Cola now faces a reputational and image crisis. While the firm viewed the seminar as part of a diversity strategy, the approach to the training was highly controversial.

So was the ‘anti-racism’ training

The agenda was laid out by Dr. Karlyn Borysenko , an organizational psychologist working to end the racially divisive ideology of “critical race theory,” according to her Twitter profile.

The course description made it clear that its goal was to guide people to be “less white” , help them “understand what it means to be white” and “challenge what it means to be racist” .

However, on social networks they released some of the slides used in the seminar and the concepts presented left many speechless.

In one of the images you can read: “To be less white is: to be less oppressive, to be less arrogant, to be less trusting, to be less defensive, to be less ignorant, to be more humble, to listen, to believe. , break with apathy and break with white solidarity ” .

Another says that “in the United States and other Western nations, whites are socialized to feel that they are inherently superior because they are white .” And they finish with an invitation: “Try to be less white .”

The reactions were swift

Although the Coca-Cola initiative was applauded by many on social networks, others were upset and have even called for a boycott of the brand.

Internet users point out that Robin DiAngelo’s speech, instead of combating racism, attacks an entire group: people with fair skin. They argue that this approach attributes stereotyped characteristics and behaviors to ‘whites’ based on prejudices.

Based on the slides, Internet users interpret that the course teaches that being white is synonymous with being oppressive, arrogant, confident, defensive, ignorant, arrogant, apathetic and closed-minded. Even a Twitter user highlighted that in the content they “substituted racist for white” , attributing negative characteristics based on skin color.

For its part, Coca-Cola ensures that the material that circulates on social networks “is not a focus of the curriculum of our company,” according to statements collected by Chris Pandolfo of Blaze Public Relations.

“Our Better Together global learning curriculum is part of a plan to help build an inclusive workplace. It is made up of a series of short vignettes, each a few minutes long. The training includes access to LinkedIn Learning on a variety of topics, including diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will continue to refine this curriculum , ”the company added.

For now, the LinkedIn Education platform withdrew the course from its catalog, while the country music singer composed the song “We have to be less white” as a sarcasm, here is the video.

Astrology 2021- The Year of the Philosopher’s Stone

Matthew Stelzner Working with astrology is of huge help in the Alchemical process. Not all moments in time have the same opportunities for growth. Some years hold greater astrological potential than others, and I believe there has rarely been a more helpful moment in history to take your own personal process all the way to your Philosopher’s Stone. I’ve described the astrological alignments of 2020 and early 2021 as being so rare and so powerful, that a kind of once-in-many-lifetimes type of wisdom can be yours. I see the first four months of 2021 (and especially March and April) as being the best months for integrating this wisdom. This is the early stages, but perhaps you can already see your philosopher’s stone of understanding crystalizing in ways that will aid you in your journey from this point forward. I want to encourage you to focus on the week of March 8th through the 14th as a particularly good time to be engaging in this integration process. During this week the Moon goes across two different triple conjunctions of planets making them each quadruple conjunctions for a few days. These quadruple conjunctions are very rare alignments that I like to call super portals. This means that that week there are two super portals, with their multiple new cycles of time beginning, happening back to back. The first goes across a Mercury-Jupiter-Saturn triple conjunction, and I’m calling this alignment the “Philosopher’s Stone Super Portal.” It coincides with the last of the inner planets going across the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluito triple conjunction that has dominated the last year, and that has been ending in these last weeks. Thus Mercury is the final activation of this alignment while they are relatively close together. During the 9th-11th the Moon joins and gives an opportunity for personal vulnerable connection, on a feeling level, with the longer, more mental, alignment with Mercury. What’s great is that this alignment of the Moon with Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible before sunrise. It will be very worth waking up early to go out somewhere with a clear view of the eastern horizon about an hour before sunrise, and if the sky is clear you will see Mercury very close to Jupiter with Saturn about 9 degrees above Jupiter. On the 9th the Moon will be above Saturn and on the 10th very close to both Mercury and Jupiter. It is very rare to have 4 of the visible planets so close together, so I hope you will check it out. If you do, it would be an excellent time to pray for guidance and perhaps do some ritual practice as you open yourself to receive loving messages of guidance. The second super portal I’m calling the “Heart Chakra Super Portal of 2021” (video coming soon) and it comes just a day later when the Moon moves onto a Sun, Venus, Neptune triple conjunction, and I’m calling this one the “Heart Chakra Super Portal of 2021.” For me this quadruple conjunction is the safe landing pad we’ve been looking for. After a year of pain and loss, Venus offers loving sweet waters with Neptune, and the Sun lights a beacon so you know where to find her. This is the perfect alignment for surrendering to a healing love force which can bust your heart chakra wide open…if you let it. Check me out on Instagram where you will find unique content that is not shared here: @tarot_and_lola To explore more of my work and get information about my intuitive readings: Visit my website at stelz.biz If you sign up for my mailing list you will receive my newsletter and special promotions. I’m offering promotional discounts on my readings for the next 10 days, and this is only for people on my mailing list, so sign up now Check out my recent videos on the powerful alignments of 2021 at: Very Powerful Astrology December 2020 – March 2021: https://youtu.be/JsCEDaGVuSs​ Very Powerful Astrology December 2020 – March 2021 –Part Two: https://youtu.be/uBdtf9H5K10​ 6 Planets in Aquarius: Is this the Dawning of a New Age?- https://youtu.be/tMqeEInj14E

What REALLY happens at DAVOS?

Russell Brand What REALLY happens at Davos? A clip from my podcast Under The Skin with Joel Bakan. Joel has attended Davos and has documented what really happens there and reveals what the true intentions of big businesses and CEOS are. Joel has recently published a book, The New Corporation: How “Good” Corporations are Bad for Democracy, and released a documentary film based upon it. You can find out more about both at http://www.joelbakan.com​. You can listen to the rest of the conversation and all episodes of Under The Skin on Luminary here: http://luminary.link/russell​ Join my members-only mailing list here: https://www.russellbrand.com/join/​ If you like this conversation, you can watch more like that in this playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…​ Produced by Jenny May Finn (Instagram: @jennymayfinn)

23 emotions people feel, but can’t explain

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Ailsa Ross

Ailsa Ross · Feb 26, 2019 · (Medium.com)

These wonderful words come from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, “a compendium of invented words” by graphic designer and editor John Koenig.

He’s come up with dozens of terms that pinpoint the emotions we all feel but don’t know how to communicate. And my heart is bursting with the whimsy of it all.

1. Sonder

The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own.

2. Opia

The ambiguous intensity of Looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable.

3. Monachopsis

The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.

4. Énouement

The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self.

5. Vellichor

The strange wistfulness of used bookshops.

6. Rubatosis

The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat.

7. Kenopsia

The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that is usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet.

8. Mauerbauertraurigkeit

The inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who you really like.

9. Jouska

A hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head.

10. Chrysalism

The amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm.

11. Vemödalen

The frustration of photographic something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist.

12. Anecdoche

A conversation in which everyone is talking, but nobody is listening.

13. Ellipsism

A sadness that you’ll never be able to know how history will turn out.

14. Kuebiko

A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence.

15. Lachesism

The desire to be struck by disaster — to survive a plane crash, or to lose everything in a fire.

16. Exulansis

The tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it.

17. Adronitis

Frustration with how long it takes to get to know someone.

18. Rückkehrunruhe

The feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness.

19. Nodus Tollens

The realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore.

20. Onism

The frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time.

21. Liberosis

The desire to care less about things.

22. Altschmerz

Weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had — the same boring flaws and anxieties that you’ve been gnawing on for years.

23. Occhiolism

The awareness of the smallness of your perspective.

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Ailsa Ross


Ailsa Ross

Celebrating women adventurers (illustrated book out in March). Writing about history and place for Outside, BBC History, Nat Geo Traveler. https://ailsaross.com

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