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The Rosicrucian Cosmo Conception By Max Heindel Chapter III



Thence we view the impressions made by the outer world upon the vital body through the senses, together with the feelings and emotions generated by them in the desire body, and mirrored in the mind. It may be projected against the desire body in an endeavor to arouse feeling which will lead to immediate action. Thus the force in the thought is expended and the image remains in the ether of the vital body as memory of the act and the feeling that caused it. This is the battle between conscience and desire, the higher and the lower nature.


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Where no immediate action is called for by the mental images of impacts from without, these may be projected directly upon the reflecting ether, together with the thoughts occasioned by them, to be used at some future time. If in line with his proclivities it will act as per paragraph 1a. This record is much more important than the memory to which we have conscious access, for the latter is made up from imperfect and illusive sense-perceptions and is the voluntary memory or conscious mind. As the ether carries to the sensitive film in the camera an accurate impression of the surrounding landscape, taking in the minutest detail regardless of whether the photographer has observed it or not, so the ether contained in the air we inspire carries with it an accurate and detailed picture of all our surroundings. The slightest thought, feeling or emotion is transmitted to the lungs, where it is injected into the blood. The pictures it contains are impressed upon the negative atoms of the vital body, to serve as arbiters of the man’s destiny in the post mortem state.

Sometimes, in the form of intuition or teaching from within, it impresses itself directly upon the reflecting ether of the vital body. By their activities during waking hours the desire body and the mind are constantly destroying the dense vehicle. On the other hand, the vital body faithfully endeavors to restore harmony and build up what the other vehicles are tearing down. It gradually loses ground and at last there comes a time when it collapses. Sleep, however, is not by any means an inactive state, as people generally suppose. On the contrary, sleep is a period of intense activity and the more intense it is the greater its value, for it eliminates the poisons resulting from tissue destroyed by the mental and physical activities of the day. The more thoroughly this work is done the greater the benefit accruing from sleep. The higher vehicles, as it were, steep themselves in this elixir of life. Then the vital body begins to specialize the solar energy anew, rebuilding the dense body, using particularly the chemical ether as its medium in the process of restoration. It is just because of this harmonizing, recuperative activity that sleep is better than doctor or medicine in preserving health.





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Of course most dreams are confused as the axis of perception is askew, because of the improper relation of one body to another. This threefold soul in turn enhances the consciousness of the threefold spirit. The skeleton symbolizes the relatively permanent part of the body.

The hour-glass in his hand indicates that the hour does not strike until the full course has been run in harmony with unvarying laws. The results of the experiences passed through in the dense body during the life just ended have been impressed upon this particular atom. The cord itself is not snapped until the panorama of the past life, contained in the vital body, has been reviewed. Cremation should be particularly avoided in the first three days after death, because it tends to disintegrate the vital body, which should be kept intact until the panorama of the past life has been etched into the desire body. The dying person and his bed were placed on one of the platforms of the scale, which was then balanced by weights placed on the opposite platform. As we have seen, a certain amount of this ether is “superimposed” upon the ether which envelops the particles of the human body and is confined there during physical life, adding in a slight degree to the weight of the dense body of plant, animal and man. His scales were the most sensitive procurable and were enclosed in a glass case from which all moisture had been removed.

It is also a crime against the dying to administer stimulants which have the effect of forcing the higher vehicles back into the dense body with a jerk, thus imparting a great shock to the man. Some who have passed out have told investigators that they had, in that way, been kept dying for hours and had prayed that their relatives would cease their mistaken kindness and let them die. The man stands as a spectator before this panorama of his past life.

This panorama lasts from a few hours to several days, depending upon the length of time the man could keep awake, if necessary. This feature of life after death is similar to that with takes place when one is drowning or falling from a height. Of course the “silver cord” is not broken, or there could be no resuscitation. It remains floating over the grave, decaying synchronously with the dense vehicle. In leaving the vital body the process is much the same as when the dense body is discarded. In fact often their desires are even augmented by a very intense longing to return. On the other hand, old and decrepit persons and those who are weakened by long illness and are tired of life, pass on very quickly.

The miser who loved his gold in earth life loves it just as dearly after death; but in the first place he cannot acquire any more, because he has no longer a dense body wherewith to grasp it and worst of all, he cannot even keep what he hoarded during life. He is just as fond of intoxicants after death as he was before. They inter-penetrate one another as the blood, the lymph, and other juices of the body inter-penetrate. It projects the image in one of three directions, according to the will of the thinker, which ensouls the thought-form. Then the thought is able to act on the etheric brain, and propel the vital force through the appropriate brain centers and nerves to the voluntary muscles which perform the necessary action.



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Repulsion is the centrifugal force and if that is aroused by the thought there will be a struggle between the spiritual force (the will of the man) within the thought-form, and the desire body.

The spiritual force, in spite of resistance will seek to clothe the thought-form in the desire-stuff needed to manipulate the brain and muscles. If the spiritual energy is strong it may force its way through to the brain centers and hold its clothing of desire-stuff while manipulating the vital force, thus compelling action, and will then leave upon the memory a vivid impression of the struggle and the victory. It will then act in precisely the same manner as if it were the victim’s own thought. It success or failure is imprinted on the negative atoms of the reflecting ether of its creator’s vital body, where it forms that part of the record of the thinker’s life and action which is sometimes called the sub-conscious mind.

The involuntary memory or sub-conscious mind comes into being in a different way, altogether beyond our control at present. Not only of material things, but also the conditions existing each moment within our aura. The memory (or so-called mind), both conscious and sub-conscious, relates wholly to the experiences of this life. These may be changed or even eradicated, as noted in the explanation concerning the forgiveness of sins which is given a few pages further on, which change or eradication depends upon the elimination of these impressions from the ether of the vital body. That is the storehouse of all faculties acquired and knowledge gained in previous lives, though perhaps latent in the present life. It does not always need to incur the danger of being subjected to and perhaps overruled by a process of reasoning. It is not able, however, to entirely withstand the powerful onslaughts of the impulses and thoughts. This withdrawal of the higher vehicle leaves the dense body interpenetrated by the vital body in the senseless state we call sleep. If it were, the body would be no different on awakening in the morning from its condition when it went to sleep at night; its fatigue would be just as great. The tissues are re-built and the rhythm of the body restored.

When strengthened, they commence work on the vital body, which was left with the sleeping dense body. If the work of removing that fatigue were not done, the bodies would remain asleep, as sometimes happens in natural trance. It is true that during rest the vital body is not hampered in its work by tissue being broken down by active motion and tense muscles, but still it must contend with the wasting energy of thought and it does not then receive the outside recuperative force from the desire body as during sleep. The memory is also confused by this incongruous relation of the vehicles and as a result of the loss of the restoring force, dream-filled sleep is restless and the body feels tired on awakening. Then the seed-time and the periods of growth and ripening are past. The scythe represents the fact that this permanent part, which is about to be harvested by the spirit, is the fruitage of the life now drawing to a close.

When that moment arrives a separation of the vehicles takes place.



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Not the atom itself, but the forces that played through it. While all the other atoms of the dense body have been renewed from time to time, this permanent atom has remained.

At death it rises to the brain by way of the pneumogastric nerve, leaving the dense body, together with the higher vehicles, by way of the sutures between the parietal and occipital bones.

One end is fastened to the heart by means of the seed-atom, and it is the rupture of the seed-atom which causes the heart to stop. The silver cord snaps at the point where the sixes unite, half remaining with the dense body and the other half with the higher vehicles. Bernard dog shows that the vital bodies of animals are proportionately lighter than in man. It is not torture to pass out, but it is torture to be dragged back to endure further suffering. He sees the pictures as they pass and they impress themselves upon his higher vehicles, but he has no feeling about them at this time. In such cases the vital body also leaves the dense body and the man sees his life in a flash, because he loses consciousness at once. When the endurance of the vital body has reached its limit, it collapses in the way described when we were considering the phenomenon of sleep. The life forces of one atom are taken, to be used as a nucleus for the vital body of a future embodiment. If the dying man could leave all desires behind, the desire body would very quickly fall away from him, leaving him free to proceed into the heaven world, but that is not generally the case. They have not altered their desires because they have lost their physical bodies.

The matter may be illustrated by the ease with which the seed falls out of the ripe fruit, no particle of the flesh clinging to it, while in the unripe fruit the seed clings to the flesh with the greatest tenacity. The suicide, who tries to get away from life, only to find that he is as much alive as ever, is in the most pitiable plight. How this is done is best seen by taking some radical instances. It vainly protests in different ways, but the desire body of the drunkard craves the drink and forces the dense body to take it, that the desire body may have the sensation of pleasure resulting from the increased vibration.



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Could cockroach eggs hatch from an infected tongue?

Could cockroaches develop albino mutants in the wild?

Roach control safe and non-toxic for an invalid and companion dog. Is a headless cockroach still alive if it does not move?

What other insects or arachnids are related to the cockroach? Can female-only set of hissing cockroaches give birth 7 monthas after purchase?

Where do cockroach’s bodies go after their lifespan? Below that temperature they will move to a warmer one if they can find it. Hot temperatures and lack of water will keep the roaches jumping or they will die. The household pest cockroach may more likely die of old age and will likely dry up and grow some mold if not vacuumed up in the routine cleaning of the living spaces. If not eaten by the newly molted individual, the shed cuticle may crumble or be ground into the dust of a room. That is one good reason to vacuum up the dust from carpets and floors so that the level of the cockroach antigen is kept low enough not to irritate the immature immune systems of children. If their water needs are not satisfied their primary goal would be to find water which they can sense in a directional way. The ‘sensorial mechanism’ in this case would be activated based on their water thirst.

A fear hormone is talked about for mammals including humans but it would be a real stretch at this point to accept your characterization of the cockroach behavior you report as a sensing of your fear.

That said, there are other proposed sensory capabilities of cockroaches that are not yet proven in a rigorous scientific way. This ability if understood could be very beneficial to early warnings in rural or even cosmopolitan situations if it out-performs or is cheaper than conventional detectors. If it had been in the frig all the time it would barely be able to move and could not escape. All living organisms fight against microorganisms using whatever they are able to discover through the evolutio nary filter of survival of the fittest.



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For some reason, the cockroach brain has developed a unique general approach to antibiotics about which you seem to have heard. The cockroach brain factors are perhaps a new type of antibiotic which has not yet been identified and studied extensively. Even stranger is that she has given birth twice now (we think) but only to about three cockroaches each time. They store the sperm in an internal storage location and use it as needed. Sometimes the ovarioles develop tumors which then inactivates that ovariole from participating in a current or future ootheca. Several phenomena contribute to how many offspring you will have.

The males usually metamorphose to the adult stage first, sometimes an instar earlier than the females. Mix ground dog biskit with corn starch to dilute the amount of protein nitrogen, moisten it with a bit of water and bake it into your own custom roach biskits. This gout can lead to an early death of your pet cockroaches. How might you go about trying to explain such a thing?

The runoff from a traditional golf course while perhaps not healthy for the surrounding environment is more a stimulus to normal growth, not a mutagenic event, which is what might cause ‘hopeful monsters’.

I myself have published immunological evidence that the termites are like another family of cockroaches with the preying mantids being more distant from both termites and cockroaches. Is the cockroach exoskeleton an improvement over the worm?

Do male and female cockroaches of the same size have the same blood volume?

Could golf course runoff generate a shoebox sized cockroach?

That is why they have survived since they evolved 250 million years ago.

There the omnipresent bacteria and molds will degrade them relatively quickly and thus they are recycled. Most are eaten by a predator such as a mouse or shrew or spider. If they die in a partition, their dried up bodies may accumulate if not eaten by a beetle larva such as a carpet beetle or silverfish or another cockroach. More important is the question of where do their cuticles go when they molt and also when they die. That cuticle contains the antigen that causes childhood asthma. It seems that the immature immune system can be hyper sensitized by the cockroach antigen and other household dust borne items such as dust mites. If you are sweating due to fear, perhaps they could be sensing the water coming from your sweat and approach you to get water. Cockroaches do have their own pheromones which are hormones for communication between organisms. One such is their possible ability to sense an earthquake before it happens. Similarly, a cockroach fear-sensor could be very useful if it could be calibrated and validated to reliably detect fear.

My guess is that the roach was hiding in the crevice of your frig door and dropped down into the frig when you opened the door. It fights all sorts of attacks from invading organisms and also anything that might disrupt its function.

I have only read about it in news reports and the discoverers are keeping the details that they know somewhat close to their vest perhaps because they are in the process of discovery that is needed to apply for a patent. They are perhaps playing the wise strategy of giving a little bit of info to the public to stimulate interest and perhaps private/public investment until they have enough info to publish in a professional journal or patent the technique. For that reason we may not know the details of this story until the financial issues are settled. Sometimes the last batches of hatching embryos are small in number because the sperm was running out. Only the terminal oocyte of an ovariole gets ovulated and fertilized to participates in a current ootheca. Sometimes if the female is not well fed and well supplied with water an embryo will die before hatching.

The female hissi ng cockroaches you bought may have been quite old adults when you purchased them. With fresh larvae hatched to rear, you can control their health and growth by how well you treat them.

Feed the larval males and females well with a low nitrogen diet. Too much nitrogen will give the cockroaches a form of gout, excess uric acid in their waste and their fat bodies. They are healthier if you feed them something like 10-15% dog biskit with 85-90% cornstarch. Keep their container relatively clean and look at their fecal pellets to see if they have too much uric acid in them. It appears normal accept that it’s roughly the size of a shoebox. Find out about this phenomenon by googling ‘hopeful monster’. The situation that the resultant overgrown cockroach was the size of a shoebox but otherwise normal would require a substantial genetic change. One additional molt is not unusual in insects but nine additional molts would be very unusual and would need invocation of a ‘hopeful monster’ event. In my mind, this is a firmly established group based on molecular as well as morphological and physiological evidence.

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The earliest examples were simply stones that had been polished smooth by a running river, but for centuries artisans made them by hand from clay, stone, or glass. An operator would roll a wooden paddle over all the clay balls at once, with a back-and-forth and slightly lateral motion, creating six marbles. Mass production made marbles much cheaper to make, allowing the price to drop from about one penny each to a bag of 30 marbles for the same price. His machine consisted of a screw conveyor made up of two grooved cylinders spun next to each other. Marbles usually earn their nickname based upon what they look like, what they’re used for, or the material used to make them. However, if you were to lose all your marbles in a “for keeps” game, you probably would go a little bit crazy. However, once his shooter leaves the ring, it’s the next mibster’s turn. There are a variety of different kinds of marbles, but the ones that bring top dollar are handmade and machine made glass marbles. But particularly beautiful machine made examples can still command a respectable price. To collect marbles, you’ll probably want to pick up a few tools of the trade.

This can also help you see the details on the figurine inside a sulphide marble.

If you’re among the many people who have no idea what any of that means, stick around as we explore the history of marbles. It enjoyed a brief resurgence in the 1970s, and continues to be played today, but it has never been able to reclaim its title as a childhood institution. But if you’re an experienced player, you probably have a half-dozen slang terms to describe the sphere in front of you. For example, “aggies” are marbles that are made from agate, a type of stone.

For example, to “knuckle down” means to put your hand in a position to shoot your marble, keeping at least one knuckle on the ground at all times. Oddly enough, the origin of the phrase, “losing your marbles” can’t definitively be traced back to the game of marbles. The mibsters take turns knuckling down with their shooters and firing into the ducks, scattering them. If his shooter stays in the ring, the mibster can keep shooting ducks, earning more points. You can tell the difference between the two by the presence of a pontil, a small rough spot that is left over when the handmade marble is removed from the glass rod in its final stages of production.

There are, of course, many different styles that are popular with collectors, with about a dozen different terms used to describe them. The more colors and the more delicate the artistry, the more you’ll pay for a marble, regardless of the condition. You’ll need a magnifying glass or jeweler’s loop to check the condition of the marble, so you can see how bad the inevitable chips, flakes, or scratches are on a game-played marble. ]]> Not a bad return on what was probably an investment of a few pennies.

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This is often used in educational settings as well as children’s learning rhymes. He didn’t have a hat or an umbrella and his coat had no hood. A riddle can be a puzzling question, a hypothetical problem to be solved, or what is often also referred to as a thought experiment. There are many types of riddles depending on their structure, their format, and what methods of thinking they require to solve. The largest category of riddles are identity riddles, in which a common object or other phenomenon is described, and the solution is to correctly identify what that common object is by naming it.

Whenever you have to talk to your friends, you hold me tight. What the miser spends, yet the spendthrift saves; and all men carry to their graves?

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You are given two marbles, and told that they will break when dropped from some certain height (and presumably suffer no damage if dropped from below that height).

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” factor are exceptionally bad for interviews. Going to the 50th floor and dropping the first would be disastrous if the breaking floor is the 49th, resulting in us having to do 50 drops. If the marble breaks at floor n, we may have to make n-1 drops after that. To maintain that maximum worst case for each segment tested, you have to use 1 less drop for each segment tested. At 3n, you’ve already done 2 drops so to stick to worst case have n-2 drops remaining. That’s pretty good, but all we’re considered about is the absolute worst case.

This way even if we drop the first one 10 times we only need 4 drops more. I skipped too many floors (sorry, not going to figure out the optimal solution right now). Secondly, does walking up/down the stairs count against your efficiency?

If dropping from the 3rd floor does not break the marble, drop from floor 6. So for a 99 floor building you’d have a maximum of 66 drops. You’d only need 66 drops if the break floor was floor 98 or 97. Even though you said it didn’t matter, this would probably require the least amount of walking and you don’t have to know how high the building is. Is it more “efficient” to always have a solution in less than x drops, or is it it more efficient to have a good chance at having a solution in y drops where y x with the caveat that you could have more than x drops? Browse other questions tagged algorithm puzzle or ask your own question. We should drop the first marble at floor n, where n is the max amount of drops required.

If the marble doesn’t break we go up to floor 2n-1 and if it breaks here we have to drop the second marble n-2 times in the worst case. So you try and make that worst case the worst for each of a number of segments. Test the first segment at that value of n, if it breaks you then test from 1 up to n-1. The more segments you test, the fewer drops remaining, so the higher segments are forced to be smaller and smaller. Each step up is one less, because you are working your way up. We should do some “load balancing” to make those two cases more even. It couldn’t be worse than 100, because there’s only 100 floors to test.

If the marble is unbroken for the first segm ent, you’ve used 1 drop, so have one less for the upper segment. If you’re answer can be plus or minus a floor or two then there could be some optimizations. In that case always drop both marbles and pick up both marbles on every up/down trip.

If it breaks, you know it’s floor 1 or 2, so drop the other marble from floor 2. Too many times people get all hung up on finding the perfect complicated algorithm when a much simpler one will solve the problem. This might be trick question to see if you are one of those people who can make a mountain out of a mole hill.

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I was feeling that right now, just pure boredom that left me with nothing to do but stare at my computer’s monitor with a blank gaze not actually seeing anything. I was familiar with the concept and the story itself, basic facts and the bones of the timeline mostly, the idea of the world filled with superhumans to the point of bursting open made me curious. I like butterflies, they made everything interesting and without even a clue just what would happen next. I don’t think he or she would leave this loophole hanging so carelessly, probably just an open invitation for a series of stories or something. I checked if it was possible to backtrack through the pages. If you disagreed with the notion, well, you weren’t irreplaceable and therefore our opinion on that matter didn’t really matter.

I could actually see taking without any disadvantage on my side. Snowflake] was picked without question, a protection from imitation and suppression was something that would save me so many headaches in the future. Wasteful too, distractions can cost lives if they happen to appear in the most crucial moment. Well, nothing spent, nothing gained and a little bit of surprise would be interesting. I could produce at least ten scenarios where it could go wrong on so many levels. Suddenly the monitor turned on again but became a solid white color. I want to build a story not about a person tearing everyone apart and then running into the sunset but one about a person who was transported into the world not her own and now must deal with the consequences of her actions and choices. To me, pint-sized means in the under 10 years old age range. This gives a possibility of you starting years before the start of canon. That means you’re going to have to either pick up some complications or drop some of those perks.

I actually started reading through my junk-mail box to entertain myself, at least get a couple of good laughs from the stupid little messages that always contained some ridiculous mini-con about you winning something and to get you would need to send money to someone and so on.

It wasn’t a tough choice for me, freebie were always welcome and appreciated. There was no point of actually making things harder for you if you could avoid it and have much more time playing with the possible ways of further exploring the story other than struggling for survival and trying to overcome the obstacles with a toothbrush and a shoelaces that you somehow must turn into a graphing hook. No point of doing something like that, only headache in the end will be gained. The age really dulles your perception from when you were seven and loved the whole thing, to when you’re twenty four and find it weird and crappy at best. There is some child-models that are about six or so years old, they mostly appear in the commercials for children’s clothes and food.

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Some people don’t believe in dream interpretation, arguing that people generally interpret dreams in ways that confirm their waking beliefs and desires. I dreamed i was in my childhood bedroom and needed to get ready to go to work. The snake looked at me angry and threw up green vomit on my shirt. When the head was off, i noted the snake had a mid-body buldge.

I grabbed all this stuff and the dead snake and flushed it down the toilet. Various schools of psychology and neurobiology have offered theories about the meaning and purpose of dreams. Dream analysts believe that dreams reveal our inner thoughts, hopes and fears.

There are literally thousands of things people dream about with interpretations that can be hard to understand. If all of your experts are half as good, you have a great thing going here. I knew i had to go to work to get to my new job but i didnt know what to do with the snake. But many therapists believe that even unhappy dreams can give you a better understanding of your thoughts and feelings, even if you’ve buried them. Trained dream analysts often recognize small details that help define an interpretation of a theme that has several different meanings.

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Your thoughts are distracting you from your daily activities and causing you unhappiness, anxiety or worry, so the first thing you must do is put them on paper.

For example, if you keep thinking you might lose your job, your list could look something like this: 1. Think of one intentional thought (the beach, etc.) and keep your mind fixed on that image or thought for 30 seconds. Practicing meditation or yoga may help calm and clear your mind. Repeat this exercise until the thought goes away on command.

Once you’ve achieved that level of control, choose the next thought on your list and continue thought-stopping. What it does do is help “put brakes” on these thoughts and gradually lessen the hold they have over you. Thoughts can be very distracting, distressing, and when a person feels out of control about it, it is all the worse. Plus, exercise brings the added benefit of producing the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, endorphins, which will improve your mood. When we laugh, our brain is engaged–it’s instructing our body to make a series of gestures and sound. Hang out with friends who simply crack you up, rent a funny movie or try a laughter yoga class.

Turn to a friend or family member who’s a good listener and tell them what’s on your mind. Accepting your thoughts, does not mean you have to like them or even agree with your thoughts. Allow them to exist and make no effort to try to control or change them. Aimless mind-wandering is associated with unhappiness, so choose a specific task, book or piece of music to concentrate on and give it your full attention. This can be especially true if you have never experienced a situation before, such as finding out someone cheated on you, witnessing a death, or being in a car accident. And each person is different–needing time to come to terms with something does not mean you are weak or lacking than someone who does not.

Eventually, you will become very tired and fall asleep without thinking about it. Betrayal hurts but it cannot be the cause of you continuing to feel deep anger and resentment that ruins your life. This does not the excuse the reprehensible act but it frees you to let go of this person and find someone who is trustworthy and above reproach, a person who will care for you and not hurt you. Writing down your feelings is wonderful way to feel better as well.

Engage your brain in doing other things, from puzzles to adrenaline rush experiences. If your career field is dissatisfying to you in general, think about changing careers. If not, try to find a job, at first, that combines some of the skills from your previous jobs with your current interests. You can’t change the past, but you can try to do better in the future. It’s likely that even after trying all this out that unwanted thoughts of the person or situation will still pop into your mind from time to time. If you do think about it, try to start up a conversation with someone. If you see them daily, imagine them in your mind as a different person. When you want to forget something or someone, dont listen to romantic music. These kinds of thoughts are common, but if they’re proving to be too distracting, there are steps you can take to rid yourself of unwanted thoughts. You’re going to begin your practice with the least-stressful thought.

Imagine a situation in which you might have this stressful thought. At this point, you should be able to stop the thought whenever and wherever it occurs. In this practice, there also has to be acceptance that these thoughts are here at present and to tolerate them. But accepting the fact they are there, present, and to be less reactive about it actually helps them go away. Engaging in a sport that requires you to focus on your body and/or eye-hand coordination is a good way to clear your head. The mental focus it will take to do these kinds of activities will leave you with no time or mental energy to think your unwanted thoughts. Laughing helps reduce stress, so if your recurring thoughts are causing you anxiety, laughter really is good medicine.

You can even find therapists who specialize in “laughter therapy,” which teaches people how to openly laugh at things that aren’t usually funny and to use humor to cope with difficult situations. Often the best way to get a thought out of your head is to share it with someone else.

If you feel as though your difficulty in dealing with your unwanted thoughts is more than a friend can help with, turn to a professional therapist or counselor who can work with you.

If you’ve tried just not thinking about someone or something, you know it’s not really possible–if it were that easy, you wouldn’t be reading this article. In one study, participants who practiced acceptance were less obsessive, had lower levels of depression and were less anxious than those who tried thought suppression. You simply have to accept them as part of your current reality. By doing so, you take away their power, and they begin to occur less frequently. You may have already tried distracting yourself to get the thoughts you want to avoid out of your head, but have you tried focused distraction?

Some counselors might instead recommend a worry jar where you can place these thoughts. If you are having obsessive thoughts, try treating the situation as a lesson. Try summing it up in just one sentence or less and write it down. Going over and over this in your mind is a natural way to process it. If you want to snap out of these feelings, listen to a more upbeat song or watch something funny.

If you’re bitter and still going over what happened to you, it will be hard to find such a caring person. Getting busy, or even listening to music in bed, keeps you from thinking about them too. The future is free of the bedbugs and you are now the wiser for how to keep it that way. Focus on things you need to improve in yourself, including unrealistic desires. Another company in the same field might have more advancement opportunities (or whatever you’re looking for) than your current company. Apply to jobs, and remember you may have to apply to hundreds before you land something. Or do some volunteering/interning at a place you’d be interested in working at. Accept this as being a natural part of your goal to begin moving on, be patient with yourself, and keep going with the knowledge that eventually this person or situation will fade from your mind with time. That way you will focus on what the person is saying and not the bad situation.

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Redditors who have been clinically dead: what does dying feel like?

In my profession i have witnessed death several times, closer to home i was with my mother when she passed.

Is your condition/prognosis still considered terminal, because this does not typically change. There are many conditions that are not necessarily terminal to begin with, but can progress to terminal with time if left untreated. A person could still live many years with the condition under the right circumstances. She had some mental health issues she struggled with and she did not really care if “she lived or died”. They were explaining a chemical is released when your body knows its about to die, which makes all the outer parts of your brain shut down and only your cerebral cortex is working, which is why people see the light at the end of the tunnel and a feeling of nostalgia for ones family (life flashes before peoples eyes). I knew none of it made sense, but it felt peaceful, almost uplifting. I saw my best friend moments before he died in pain from cancer and to know that he may have felt that relief almost brings tears to my eyes. I didn’t see my mother die but my father tells me she was very calm at the end.

There are also many conditions that can be life-threatening in certain circumstances, but aren’t necessarily terminal, in that imminent death isn’t expected. I can imagine the last thing somebody wants when they have just recovered is to receive a nice fat bill. People are afraid of death because they don’t want to “endure” or “feel” the nothingness of being dead. It’s dying, you know you’re not going to wake up from it and it’s only peaceful because of what’s going on in your brain. Your feeling won’t matter, the end result will always be the same. It doesn’t ever matter how you die, “the end result will always be the same”. After about 5 minutes, everything had come back to normal, except for the pounding headache.

BuyMarbles Identification and Help by buymarbles.com

If you have a few marbles you need some help identifying or need an approximate value, we are always happy to try and help you out at no cost. We have painstakingly recreated the site through the use of web archives and it is now up and running.

The age of the person you get them from will help right away. Most of the time the marbles will be old, we just aren’t sure how old. Browse through the picture pages listed here and you will start to get an idea of how old your marbles are if you recognize a few. This can be a real issue with marbles since they were kid’s toys meant to be played with. Remember, just because a marble is old does not mean it’s valuable.

If your marbles are chipped up and in rough condition, they will not appraise for much value. There are hundreds of color combinations and styles, but most fall into a handful of categories. Production really took off with the use of marble making machines that could mass produce marbles. Many of the marble companies would turn out 1 million marbles a day. Collectors are looking for marbles made in the late 1800’s through the 1940’s.

It is not meant to be the definitive guide to every type of marble ever produced. You don’t want to miss this fantastic comprehensive learning experience!

If you get marbles from an auction or antique store it can be much more difficult to figure out. Many have fallen for this and overpaid for brand new marbles, including booth operators. It does not take much damage at all to lower the value of a marble. Marbles in poor condition will be of little value even if they are very valuable in mint condition. These remain one of the most popular of collectible marbles worldwide.

How Does One Mention A Death In The Family In A Professional Situation Without Creating by quora.com

How does one mention a death in the family in a professional situation without creating awkwardness?

How can one assess a family situation without sounding judgmental? What is the most awkward situation that a family member has ever placed you in?

How can someone deal with the demise of a loved one?

Hur nämner man ett dödsfall i familjen på arbetsplatsen utan att göra situationen besvärlig? And the matter generally ends there — unless you start injecting ‘drama’ into it like euphemising or strategising things. What’s the best way to prepare one’s family and friends for one’s death?

Is death possible without knowing to family members?

What’s the most awkward situation you’ve been in with a spouse’s family member?

What factors create an awkward situation and how can one relish socially in that situation? Have you been in an awkward situation in a supermarket?

What is the most awkward situation your partner or family members walked in on you doing? Hvordan nævner man et dødsfald i familien, i en professionel situation, uden at det bliver akavet?

Hvordan nevner man død i familien på en profesjonell måte uten å gjøre det klumsete?

We Won’t Text Back When We’Re Dead Member Feature Stories Medium by medium.com

After a week, we were confused as we were pretty sure he didn’t usually take this long to respond. Working from home, digitally stalking my friends has become a full-time job. The little oval with the three dots appears, then disappears. I shudder with disgust and horror, and scurry back to my computer. My unwashed, pajama-clad, housebound body hunched over a screen. And not for any of the standout apps or ludicrously expensive straps, but because it has a “send your heartbeat” feature. I ask one of the salespeople, “is it his actual heartbeat? Either they’re uncomfortable with the suggestion that they’re as perishable as a carrot, or they ask if you’re “alright” and suggest you “might want to see someone” — just for reacting logically to the simple fact that people die without letting you know. If they’re dead, they won’t charge their phone and by the next day, the battery will have run flat. Finding dead bodies must have been a nightmare when tech wasn’t around to do all the legwork; maybe you could investigate one or two people to check they haven’t died, but how on earth could you find time to do it for everyone you know?

Both the police and the coroner thought he’d been dead for about a week. It takes a while to spot them because we’re rather more calibrated to the messages of the living. Newspapers left uncollected on the doorstep shout a little louder, but still go unnoticed to most. No news is good news, but no amount of no news seems to satisfy me. I think, plugging in my charger and pulling myself up to the screen.

Performance Reviews Are Dead. Here’S What You Should Do Instead by inc.com

To manage people in times of fast change you need to do this.

Not only is it stressful for both parties involved but it’s also horribly ineffective.

And, to be blunt, most people are just shamed into doing them. And so we’ve muddled our way through them as best we could, all the while knowing something just wasn’t quite right about the awkward and seemingly ineffective process. They were an effort to look at employees as people with motivations, goals, and purpose, rather than unfeeling cogs in the industrial machine. It’s not entirely ineffective for some, but there will be far more casualties among those who need feedback in the moment. Over time the regular feedback creates a trending function that shows how certain behaviors and actions correlate to feedback.

And if set up correctly the time spent should be measurable in seconds and minutes, definitely not hours. Leaders rarely get accurate and unfiltered reviews from those who they lead. These are not financial incentives but rather acknowledgments for being engaged in the process and supporting it. Also, don’t be too quick to dismiss this approach for more manually our mechanically oriented tasks.

However, there’s nothing sacred and immutable about performance reviews. But, as with most industrial era models they were built primarily for scale in large organizations that were rapidly growing. In fact, if you want to bring that analogy up to date; on this minefield the landmines are shifting underground as you walk through them!

And this is also not the sort of 360 evaluation that only happens once. Much of what you get is raw and unfiltered feedback, which you will be tempted to become instantly and intensely defensive about. Some people feel that anonymizing encourages drive-by criticism. Lastly, recognize and incentivize people for participating in the process. I know 360s irk some people who just do not want to participate, either because they don’t like seeing how they are perceived or can’t be bothered to help others grow. By the way, none of this should obviate the need for leaders and managers to periodically sit down and talk with employees about performance issues, good or bad. Unless someone is working in a complete vacuum an awareness of they way they and their performance is perceived is critical in being effective and learning.

The bottom line is that traversing the minefield that is your market can’t be done using the same old and tired tools of the past.

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