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Latest Posts by Richard J Oldale

June 3, 2022
Is Social Media Giving Your Teenager Anxiety and Depression?

A systematic study of 20 papers published in 2016 looking into the effects of social media found a correlation with anxiety in teenagers.  Since then, further studies attribute social media and technology use in general to the rising number of teenagers suffering from depression.  It’s clear to see why social media can have a detrimental effect on the […]

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May 27, 2022
6 Ways You Can Deal with New Job Anxiety and Stress

Starting a new job is an exciting experience. However, it can also be a source of anxiety and stress. You may experience trepidation or self-doubt. Know that change is always difficult, and this new experience will eventually feel normal. In the meantime, here are six effective ways to minimize new job anxiety and stress.  Prioritize […]

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May 20, 2022
Underlying Causes of Anxiety

The underlying causes of anxiety can be due to several reasons. It could be due to a stressful life event, there could be an underlying medical condition or it could be an emerging mental disorder.  But mostly, it's due to the standards you set yourself and the lifestyle you live. If you ignore your inner […]

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May 10, 2022
5 Ways To Reduce Symptoms Of Depression And Anxiety 

If you suffer from symptoms of depression and anxiety, it can sometimes feel like there is nothing to be done to help you feel better.  However, there are a number of techniques that can help to improve your mood and reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. In this post, we are going to explore […]

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May 1, 2022
How to Induce Lucid Dreams That Heal?

Traumatic events in your life have the potential to haunt you forever; the flashbacks of those horrific events may disturb you and also easily trigger PTSD episodes.  It is definitely not simple to overcome or completely get rid of those flashbacks or visual scenes that compel you to recall bad experiences. But as they say, […]

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April 1, 2022
This Is Why You Can't Get No Satisfaction..?

Do you have moments when you can't get any satisfaction - even when you reach your goals, have a satisfying experience or your emotional desires have been met.  You may have even experienced a condition called Anhedonia which draws the pleasure out of things you used to find exciting such as music, sex, food, and […]

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March 25, 2022
Tantalus in Greek Mythology

In Greek mythology, Tantalus is the father of Niobe, the queen of Thebes who boasts about her abundance. For the insults, she aims at their mother Leto, Artemis and Apollo slay Niobe’s 14 children.  In this article, I explain the esoteric meaning of the symbolism and the lessons you can learn from the myth of […]

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March 16, 2022
Artemis and Apollo Slay The Children Of Niobe

The myth in which Artemis and Apollo slay the children of Niobe is told in various sources of Greco-Roman mythology. It’s a story of how the unconscious rears up to deflate an over-inflated ego and replace self-defeating subconscious programs with self-knowledge. Sometimes self-knowledge is devastating. “The ego must avoid destruction and overcome —and even redeem […]

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February 25, 2022
Apollo in Greek Mythology

Apollo is the favourite son of Zeus, the offspring of an affair with the Titan, Leto. In a fit of jealousy, Hera plagued Leto during her pregnancy so she cannot rest. Hera did not want Leto to give birth on land. Every household turned her away so that Hera would not be offended and punish […]

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February 18, 2022
The Symbolic Meaning of Demeter in Greek Mythology

To the ancient Greeks, Demeter was associated with agriculture, a symbol of nurturing, regeneration and fertility. She was subsequently given the title of 'goddess of the grain'. The symbolic meaning of Demeter aligns with the planting and cultivation of seeds needed to nourish the body, mind and ‘soul’. Seeds and grains are symbols that relate […]

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February 11, 2022
Overview of the Caregiver Archetype

The role of the caregiver is to develop self-respect and self-worth. Learn how you develop the negative attributes of the caregiver and how to nurture emotional wellbeing.

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February 4, 2022
The Symbolic Meaning of the Olive Tree

 We are told by religious “authorities” that the symbolic meaning of the Olive Tree or olive branch is peace, friendship, victory, wisdom, fertility, prosperity, immortality and success.  Taken at face value the exoteric interpretation is misleading. Subsequently, commentators conclude the symbol of the olive means a “reconciliation with God”, the end of a conflict between […]

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January 26, 2022
The Esoteric Meaning of Homer’s Hymn To Demeter

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January 26, 2022
The Symbolism in Hades Rape of Persephone

The actual meaning in Hades Rape of Persephone is open for debate. I have yet to see a plausible interpretation given for what the symbolism of Persephone’s abduction and rape actually means.  Interpretations offered by academics are trite. Yet their “authoritative” views are published, accepted and shared with the general public. Subsequently, academia has the […]

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December 17, 2021
The Symbolic Meaning of Cows in Ancient Mythology 

Cows are recurring themes in ancient mythology. But the appearance of cattle is not simply because of their commonality as domesticated animals and sacrificial beasts. The symbolic meaning of cows teaches us about the importance of managing how you think and behave. The thoughts, actions and emotions we process every day become subconscious programs. That […]

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December 9, 2021
The Abduction of Persephone, Hymn To Demeter

The abduction of Persephone is among the most famous Greek myths. It’s ‘mysteries’ are believed to have laid the foundations for the Eleusinian Mysteries, secret rituals and imitation rites taught in ancient mystery schools. Whilst it is known that the myth and the secret rites are closely intertwined, their true purpose is open for debate. […]

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November 21, 2021
What Are Reasons Relapse Don't Mean Failure?

Relapse following rehab and recovery does not equate to failing. People should probably read that again since most are generally tough on themselves. Relapse has a few different ways it can be defined, but one of the best ways to view it is (quote) "a recurrence of symptoms of a disease after there is a […]

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October 22, 2021
The Symbolic Meaning of the Number 13

Throughout the world, the symbolic meaning of 13 has a correspondence with bad luck because of its association with Friday 13th. This date is traditionally seen as a day when bad things can happen - but it is mostly a superstition. This common belief dates back to 1307 when Emperor Philip V of France ordered […]

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October 16, 2021
What Do Bells Represent In Esoteric Symbolism? 

The esoteric - or hidden - meaning of bells essentially relates to awakening consciousness. We use bells in the real world to issue a warning, a reminder, a wake-up call, or in the case of the old town crier, to grab your attention before making an announcement. Ringing bells are universally accepted to symbolically mean […]

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October 15, 2021
The Symbolic Meaning of Hexagons

When you see synchronicity in numbers and symbols, it’s a sign that an aspect of your personality is trying to make itself known to the conscious mind.  The unknown aspect of your personality is a missing piece of you that has been buried in the unconscious. It is a part of you that Carl Jung […]

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October 15, 2021
Symbolic Meaning of Dolphins

Symbols appear to us in dreams or patterns of synchronicity. When they do, it is wise to take note. Symbols are the language of the unconscious and understanding their meaning can help you reach a moment of self-realisation. Dolphins are a symbol you want to see revealing themselves to you. We are told these sophisticated […]

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October 9, 2021
How To Develop The Caregiver Archetype

Archetypes represent certain personality types of qualities that need to be developed to become whole. Psychologists recognise 12 main archetypes.  The caregiver archetype is one of the most important archetypes to develop. It should also be one of the first, but sadly, is often neglected through social conditioning.  People that have a dominant caregiver archetype […]

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October 4, 2021
Understanding Numbers and Symbols Can Change Your Life!

“The unconscious has a particular capacity to create images and to use those images as symbols. It is the symbols that form our dreams, creating a language by which the unconscious communicates its contents to the conscious mind… as we learn to read those symbols we gain the ability to perceive the workings of the […]

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September 24, 2021
Number Symbolism: Your Guide To A Better Life

Here’s a question for you: do you want to learn life lessons the hard way or the easy way? I will show you the easy way! You see significant numbers all the time, right? 1111, 222, 333, 7s and 8s?  This is not a coincidence. The synchronicity of numbers is the language of the unconscious. […]

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September 19, 2021
The Symbolic Meaning of Reincarnation: The Law of Thermodynamics

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” ~ Nikola Tesla Science and religion have a difficult time meeting on the middle ground. It’s hardly surprising. Religious views appear irrational and mystical. Science only believes what can be […]

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September 17, 2021
The Role of Archetypes and Complexes

Archetypes and complexes sit at the core of Jungian psychology. To truly understand yourself, it is my opinion, that you need to know how to recognise archetypal energies and determine their role in the emergence of complexes.  No one has done more for the development of archetypes as a psychological tool than Carl Jung. The […]

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September 10, 2021
Why Three Is The Magic Number?

Have you ever noticed how the number three is consistently repeated throughout myth, religious scripture, sacred hymns and significant architecture?  As Del La Soul noted: Three is the Magic Number. In this article, I’m going to point out how often you find a trifold pattern built into the architecture of churches, temples, palaces, government and […]

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September 3, 2021
Archetypes in Mythology: Cadmus And Harmonia Part 3

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August 27, 2021
Archetypes in Mythology: Cadmus And Harmonia Part 2

The Symbolic Meaning of the Dragon Slayer in Cadmus and Harmonia In part one of the mythology of Cadmus and Harmonia, I explained the psychological goal of our hero is to overcome the father complex.  His visit to the Oracle of Delphi at the Temple of Apollo revealed to us the Creator archetype. In Greek […]

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August 20, 2021
Archetypes in Mythology: Cadmus And Harmonia Part 1

Understanding how archetypes in mythology relate to human behaviour is a valuable resource for self-development. Esoteric symbolism reveals how the body-mind connection works. Yet, for the most part, the psychological and biological components of ancient mythology are overlooked. As a matter of fact, had it not been for psychologists such as Herbert Silberer, James Hillman, […]

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August 13, 2021
How To Use Esoteric Symbolism For Self-Development

What is your feeling towards ancient myth and esoteric symbolism? Are you curious about the deeper meaning of the symbolism or do you dismiss these ancient stories as fantasy? The truth is that myths can be used to teach us valuable life lessons. When you learn to understand the rich layers of esoteric symbolism, myths […]

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August 6, 2021
How Vitamin D Levels are Linked with Depression in Teens

Vitamin D is an essential energy source for the human body; it is also known as the ‘sunshine nutrient.’ Moreover, it is a fat-soluble nutrient. Vitamin D is necessary to keep the bones strong and healthy, helps in the growth of cells, and benefits the immune system. The primary source through which our body absorbs […]

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July 30, 2021
The Legend of Budva: The Myth of Cadmus And Harmonia

On a recent visit to Budva in the scenic climes of Montenegro, I was excited to learn the city was founded by the Greek warrior hero Cadmus and Harmonia, his divine wife. Here was a chance for me to go on an adventure and find traces of the myth around the city.  Budva is a […]

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July 23, 2021
Is Mindfulness Meditation Dangerous?

I recently read an article in Psychology Today in which the mental health professional, Jason N. Linder, PsyD warns about ‘The Danger of Mindfulness.’  Blimey, I didn’t realise things had gotten this bad.  In all fairness to Dr Linder, he is not criticising the practice of mindfulness meditation itself. Nor are his comments sensationalism.  As a matter […]

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July 16, 2021
How Does Guilt Become Repressed?

“The price we pay for our advance in civilization is a loss of happiness through the heightening of the sense of guilt.” ~ Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents A few weeks ago, I documented a true self-development story about healing guilt. As it turns out, I’d not completely healed my subconscious guilt, I’d merely started the process. […]

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July 8, 2021
Benefits of Using a Wearable Heart Rate Monitor

The heart is probably the principal organ in the body. Other organs are also important but they may not cause immediate death. With good medical attention, they may be restored or managed. The moment the heart stops working, a person dies. For this reason, taking good care of it is essential. Monitoring your heart rate […]

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July 2, 2021
Healing Guilt: True Self-Development Story 

Repressed emotions can be highly destructive. Among the most potent is guilt. Guilt is typically thought to surface when you feel shame for something you have done. Shame and guilt are two different emotions but often go hand-in-hand.  You may also feel guilty for:  things outside of your control that were not your fault something […]

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June 14, 2021
Why A Self-Development Program Makes Perfect Sense

People have a wide variety of reasons to engage in a self-development program. And why not? After all, the best investment you can make is in yourself - because you’re worth it! If you’re not entirely satisfied with your life and want to improve your fortunes, an effective self-development course will help you transform the […]

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June 4, 2021
Medication Is Not A Cure For Anxiety And Depression

Anxiety and depression is a growing concern for mental health professionals. In 2020, the World Economic Forum revealed there were some 275 million reported cases of anxiety worldwide.  Remarkably, a high percentage of people suffering from anxiety and depression do not have access to effective treatment. In low-income countries (and perhaps low-income individuals in developed […]

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May 21, 2021
Re-Membering: The Healing Power of Self-Awareness

The key to self-development is self-awareness. The key to self-awareness is re-membering - retrieving split-off fragments of consciousness from the depths of the unconscious mind. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but everybody has a fragmented personality. Psycho-analysts have established that the brain causes a process called “Psychological dismemberment.” This happens when […]

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May 21, 2021
Understanding Drug Use and Addiction

This is a guest post. The views of the author do not necessarily reflect the views of Master Mind Content. Addiction is a severe illness defined by drug seeking and uses that is obsessive and difficult to control despite harmful consequences. The initial decision to abuse drugs is voluntary for most people. Still, repeated drug […]

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April 10, 2021
Overcoming Anger And Frustration: The Cause And The Cures

You’ve probably noticed anger is one of the most dominant emotions in today’s society. You may be prone to the odd outburst yourself or even feel anger and frustration every day. I think we can probably all hold our hands up and say, it’s easy to get angry but it’s difficult to snap out of […]

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April 1, 2021
Symptoms to Determine a Major Depression Diagnosis

Depression is more than just feeling the blues. It is a sadness coupled with self-loathing, absence of self-esteem, and loss of interest to do other things. Healthcare professionals often diagnose this as clinical depression or major depressive disorder. This is a disorder that affects your life from the mental, physical, and emotional aspects. This can […]

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March 21, 2021
How The Mind Works: Subconscious v Unconscious

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March 14, 2021
How to Remind Your Ex-Lover He Still Loves You

Breaking up with a partner you are in love with can leave you feeling hurt and miserable. Having shared lots of intimate moments and built memories with them over time, letting all that go is quite painful. While you may not be able to avoid this sometimes, it does not have to be so. You […]

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March 12, 2021
Celebrity Quotes to Help Your Self Development

The self-help industry is a big business in the United Kingdom. With increasing levels of stress, people are eager to think better, feel better and improve their quality of life. Oddly, the self-help industry sees people turning to others for inspiration and guidance. The Guardian reported that there was a 20% rise in sales of self-help books […]

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January 30, 2021
Superiority Complex: My Ego’s Better Than Your Ego

A superiority complex is a psychological disorder that bloats your ego. Individuals that display symptoms of a superiority complex have a delusional belief they are better than other people - and have a tendency to think they are more capable of doing something they can’t back up in real life. It’s fair to say that […]

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January 16, 2021
Woof or Wolf? The Esoteric Meaning of Dog Symbolism

Esoteric symbolism can be used as self-healing psychology. In this article, I am going to show you how by explaining the esoteric meaning of dog symbolism. In exoteric accounts - information intended for “the masses” (them asses), you will read “the dog spirit totem” represents alertness, loyalty, companionship and protection. As pets, well-trained dogs are […]

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January 2, 2021
The Adonis Complex: Body Dysmorphia Disorder in Men

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best - at least not until your physiological appearance becomes an obsession. But when worry about your body image starts to drive self-destructive behaviour you have an Adonis complex. The Adonis complex is a label that is typically associated with men because its primary focus is building […]

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December 27, 2020
Neuroplasticity: Superpowers of Self-Development

Did you know it’s possible to change your mind?  You’re probably thinking, “Yes, my girlfriend does it all the time just to confuse me.” Haha, yes, but that’s not what I mean. I am talking about changing habitual patterns of thinking so that you react differently to situations.  Also known as brain plasticity, neuroplasticity is […]

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December 18, 2020
Negative Thinking Can Ruin Your Life

Whilst most people have heard of the placebo effect, its lesser-known opposite, the nocebo effect, or negative thinking, can have damaging effects on your health. Negative thinking is not a sign of depression – it is a natural thought process indoctrinated into our habitual way of thinking. However, negative thinking can drag you into depression. […]

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December 12, 2020
Inferiority Complex?

A couple of weeks ago I performed a meditation to release frustration. Several incidents that week had stirred irritation and resentment so I knew something needed to be addressed. Three days after the meditation, I woke up to feel severe pain in my lower back and hips. The pain then spread down my sciatic nerve. […]

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November 26, 2020
Psychology's Shadow Archetypes: Grandstander Bully

The Grandstander Bully is a shadow aspect of the Hero archetype initially promulgated by Carl Jung. The eminent psychologist was among the first psychoanalysts to draw comparisons between ancient mythology and the human psyche. Modern psychology has furthered Jung’s initial inquiry and categorised aspects of human nature that relate to the 12 main archetypes and […]

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November 16, 2020
Ares: The Warrior Archetype

Ares, as a god and an archetype, appears to be a contradiction in terms. He is a warrior and lover, a violent and aggressive man yet warm and passionate with women and supportive of friends and family. In Greek Mythology, Ares was hated by Zeus and was the least respected of the Olympians. His Roman […]

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November 6, 2020
Why Are Treatments For Stress-Related Mental Health Issues Ineffective?

Stress, anxiety and depression are global pandemics conventional medicine has no effective solutions for. Take a look at the statistics and it's obvious the number of people suffering from stress, anxiety and depression is getting worse. It is estimated that one in six Brits suffer from mental health issues. In the United States, the number of people […]

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October 29, 2020
The Symbolic Meaning Of Stag and Deer

In the mainstream - or exoteric circle - the stag/deer is recognised as a symbol of spiritual authority. More precisely, the symbolic meaning of the stag is given as regeneration, intuition and gentleness. These interpretations of the symbolism are not entirely wrong. However, they only give you a small piece of the jigsaw. Subsequently, the […]

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October 23, 2020
Archetypes Introduction and Navigation

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October 22, 2020
What is God? A Definition of “The Creator” In Man

Are You Living In Heaven Or Hell? The Greek playwright, Euripides wrote: “the mind in each of us is a God.” Buddha said pretty much the same thing in his famous quote, “each of us is a God.” And there are literally hundreds of commentators throughout history that deliver the same message. The French mathematician, […]

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October 15, 2020
Mindfulness Meditation for Anxiety

Mindfulness means to pay attention. Live in the now and focus on whatever it is you are doing in this precise moment. When you are active, do not fill your mind with thoughts about the past and the future. Save those thoughts for quiet moments when you can think about them more effectively. Practising mindfulness […]

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October 14, 2020
Symbolic Meaning of Ravens

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October 9, 2020
Self-Development: Lessons of The Yogi 

It seems to have been forgotten, or overlooked, that ancient scriptures and world mythologies are self-development guides. The yogis of ancient India that first put these teachings in writing around 6000 years ago (scholars can't decide) began a cascade of timeless wisdom that describes how to find fulfilment in life. A Yogi, or Yogini if […]

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October 2, 2020
In Search of the Missing Ox: Rediscovering Your Inner Buddha

Nine Steps to Rediscovering The Buddha In You We are all born as Buddhas. But the illusion of the world confuses our feeble minds and we forget who we really are. Or what we really are: Natural. The ancients discovered this truth and wrote about it at great lengths - except the secrets are hidden […]

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September 26, 2020
What Is Mindfulness? 

Mindfulness is one of those buzzwords associated with meditation. When you mention meditation – or mindfulness – to some people, they instantly repeal it as spiritual bullshit practised by pretentious creatives and people who believe in fairies. But this is merely an opinion, and often ungrounded. When I hear people demolishing meditation, they have seldom […]

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September 21, 2020
The Health Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

Yoga is an ancient practice that has been a daily activity in parts of Asia for more than 5000 years. Records show yoga was developed by the Indus-Saravati culture of northern India and was included in the Rig Vedas, the oldest of the sacred texts known to exist.  The actual meaning of yoga is disputed. […]

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September 15, 2020
The Seven Stages of Grief Explained

What Are The Seven Stages of Grief? Grief is inevitable at some stage in life. Most people will lose a family member or pet. Sometimes grief comes when you lose something you cherish. The breakup of a long-term relationship is a catalyst for grief. Not everyone deals with loss in the same way so there […]

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September 12, 2020
A Simple Guide To Know More About Oximeters

Advancement in technology has brought tremendous benefits to the health sector. Complex procedures and operations can now be done safely in a conducive environment as opposed to in the past when the equipment used were crude and risky. Modern gadgets that can be used to monitor one's health both at the hospital and home have […]

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September 8, 2020
Trickster/Jester Archetype

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September 7, 2020
Yin-Yang and the Five Elements

Ancient sages in China developed the Yin-Yang principle as a philosophic means of interpreting natural phenomena. The idea is based on the theory that everything is composed of Qi (energy) and five elements which they classified as wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each of the five elements symbolically represent aspects of the human psyche, […]

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September 2, 2020
Psychology 101: The 12 Major Archetypes And Their Shadows

The 12 archetypes feature so predominantly in the ancient mythologies of multiple cultures they cannot be passed off as inconsequential. It is not a coincidence that ancient cultures from all over the world placed an important significance on the number 12. A logical conclusion for the consistent repetition of 12 archetypes, is that these energies […]

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August 26, 2020
Symbolic Meaning of the Four Directions

Wise sages that crafted esoteric symbolism used nature to explain the secrets of life. The wisdom behind the veil of ancient symbolism in the four directions reveals the true nature of man.  It made sense for priests to use elements of the natural environment to teach initiates about man's connection with universal energy. Nature harbours […]

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August 21, 2020
10 Ways Unhealthy Lifestyles Wreck Your Immune System

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus - Covid-19 - is causing a lot of disruption in the lives of everybody. Whilst I believe we will adapt to the “new normal” relatively easily, politicians and mainstream media are creating a lot of unnecessary stress which harms your immune system. Ironically the behaviour of world leaders and […]

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August 14, 2020
7 Things You Can Learn From Ancient Wisdom That Will Transform Your Life

Ancient wisdom is timeless. The knowledge handed down to us by the wise sages of old is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. Furthermore, it’s arguably the best life advice you will find for the purpose of self-development - if you look beyond the dogma and see the Truth hidden by […]

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August 11, 2020
Should Mindfulness Meditation Be Taught In School?

Several years ago, I was staying with my father and a news item came through the TV: 350 UK schools are introducing mindfulness meditation to adolescent children at school. My father’s response to this announcement was: “Well, I’ve never heard anything so bloody stupid.” As a meditator myself, I was all for the initiative. I […]

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August 7, 2020
Self-Development Techniques: Three Types of Patience

“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Patience, in any walk of life, is a supreme virtue. Patience gives you the ability and the power to control your mind and emotions. By doing so you will experience less anger, frustration and disappointment. To get more from life, it is […]

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August 4, 2020
Who Are The 12 Adityas in Hindu Mythology?

If you only read one article on this blog, let it be this one. The 12 Adityas in Hindu mythology explain the evolution of consciousness from its primordial unformed state into energy that transforms into karmic manifestation.  And according to mainstream historians, archaeologists, paleoanthropologists and other short-sighted academics following the official line, ancient civilisations were […]

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July 31, 2020
What Is Jung's Collective Unconscious?

The collective unconscious is a topic that divides opinion. For some, Carl Jung’s controversial theory provides profound psychological insights into the human psyche. Others label the concept as ‘pseudoscience’ on grounds that the theory cannot be scientifically proven. When I was in Cambodia, I encountered a highly-educated German with a PhD in neuroscience and a […]

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July 27, 2020
Aryaman: The Symbolic Meaning of the Adityas God

The Rig Veda names Aryaman as one of the 33 most important gods of the Hindu pantheon. On that basis alone, it is worth looking into the esoteric symbolism surrounding the ancient deity to determine what lessons modern man can learn from ancient civilisations.  Aryaman, or Aryama, is said the be your best friend and […]

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July 23, 2020
10-Minute Chakra Meditation (brief version)

This 10-minute chakra meditation will take you through the seven energy centres of the eastern chakra system. The goal is to open your chakras, but you can use it to balance your chakras and strengthen your energy centres as well. It's an ideal place to start for beginners. When performing chakra meditations, I typically start […]

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July 23, 2020
10-Minute Meditation to Open Your Chakras

This is a very simple meditation to open your chakras. You can perform it in as little as ten minutes. If you're new to meditation, practice this chakra opening ritual every day for a week and you will start to notice a difference. The chakra system is seven energy centres that flow up from the […]

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July 19, 2020
5 Simple Exercises To Help Manage Your Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety and depression, I know how yo feel. I struggled with social anxiety for at least 20 years, maybe more. In my search for a cure, I visited several psychologists with zero results. The anxiety exercises I was shown offered very little in the way of managing anxiety and did absolutely […]

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July 15, 2020
What Do The Four Elements Represent In People?

How To Identify Your Weaknesses and Transform Them Into Strengths The four elements feature heavily in every ancient culture around the world. Our ancestors had a profound understanding of how the symbolic elements of air, earth, water and fire affect emotions and characteristics and enriched their mythologies with deep meaning.  The four elements have a significant […]

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July 10, 2020
The Animus Archetype: The Man In Woman

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July 7, 2020
The Three Gunas in Hinduism

Human consciousness is complex; so complicated in fact that modern science is struggling to come to terms with the unpredictable and unexplainable “phenomena” that is pure consciousness. Scientists that do attempt to explain the nature of consciousness are criticised for their “pseudo-scientific views and labelled cranks. It’s a harsh criticism – especially when the daggers […]

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July 5, 2020
The Anima Archetype: The Woman in Men

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June 30, 2020
The Symbolic Meaning of Mitra-Varuna in Hindu Mythology 

Several weeks ago, I published an article about the Hindu god, Agni. In the article, I presented evidence the ancient Sanskrit writers of India understood consciousness and the psychology of humans. The esoteric symbolism in the Rig Veda indicated the wise men of India understood the nature of Self and ego at least three thousand […]

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June 21, 2020
The Deeper Symbolic Meaning of the Number 21: Optimism, Courage, Inspiration

Esoteric symbolism can be used to help you make decisions, discover your True Self, and ultimately...

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June 15, 2020
The Symbolic Meaning of the Hindu God Agni

Hindu mythology is rich in symbolism and meaning. The symbolic meaning of Agni is a profound example and underscores the genius of ancient Sages. The timeless wisdom left for us in mythology and religious scripture is truly beneficial. However, to benefit from the wisdom of ancient sages you need to understand the esoteric meaning of […]

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June 7, 2020
The Father Complex: Know You're Own Mind!

Everyone has a father complex. From a positive perspective, the influence a father has on the impressionable mind of a child is mental strength, will power and self-esteem. Essential qualities of character such as these are the foundations on which an individual builds a future. On the flip side, a negative father complex tells another […]

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May 31, 2020
The Symbolic Meaning of Jesus Christ as the Third-Eye Chakra

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May 25, 2020
The Mother Complex

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May 21, 2020
The Esoteric Meaning of Lions

Lions appear in the symbolism of multiple cultures. From the jungles of Africa, these enigmatic beasts adorn the doorways of temples, civic buildings and fountains in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The male lion was considered as a solar symbol by ancient cultures. Known as the “King of the Jungle” its shaggy mane resembles diagrammatic […]

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May 16, 2020
The Six Realms of Existence in Buddhism 

Early Buddhist writers created a system that explains the realms of existence; heaven, hell and everything in between. The concept has been interpreted literally by some commentators so that people become transfixed with the idea of reincarnation. Yet this is a short-sighted view. When you can be so easily persuaded along the path of religious […]

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May 10, 2020
Symbolic Meaning Of Alligators and Crocodiles

As a young boy, I had a recurring dream. Close to where I lived was a clearing with unkempt grass and a partly demolished brick wall. In my dream, the clearing was a pond and I was being chased by alligators - or maybe crocodiles. Although I don’t remember the minute details of the dream, […]

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May 6, 2020
The Hindu Science of Yogic Breathing

Yogic breathing exercises have been practised in India and further afield for thousands of years. Deep breathing is known to improve the efficiency of oxygen exchange in a way that benefits the mind and the body. Medical research shows the yogi science of breath reduces the stress response in the body and delivers more oxygen […]

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May 3, 2020
The Symbolic Meaning Of The Latin Cross

It seems hard to imagine how rich in meaning a simple cross can be. But this most familiar of symbols has more esoteric meaning than you can shake a stick at – or even two sticks.  The cross is one of the oldest known symbols and predates Christianity by at least 5000 years, probably more.  […]

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April 28, 2020
What Is Gematria?

It is quite understandable why people dismiss gematria as mystical nonsense. How can numbers teach you lessons? Life does not work like that right? There is no cosmic magician conjuring messages for you from the depths of the Universe! Or is there?

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April 20, 2020
5 Ways To Deal With Stress During A Global Pandemic

We never expected that we would be spending our time under the strict guidelines of a global pandemic. COVID-19 has changed the way we live our lives and how we connect with our loved ones. The changes have produced stress, and many of us are now looking for ways to deal with freeing ourselves from […]

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April 11, 2020
All You Need Is Love: The Missing Emotion of The Holy Trinity

I once gave a talk about interpreting ancient symbolism to the American International Women’s...

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March 23, 2020
The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism 

Buddhist legend says that when Gautama Buddha meditated under a Peepal Tree and reached nirvana in Bodh Gaya, east India, he realised “four noble truths.”  History records that after some deliberation, the enlightened prince Siddhartha returned to Sarnath re-join the five friends that had accompanied him in the early stages of his quest to find […]

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March 19, 2020
The Esoteric Meaning of the Number 18

The symbolic meaning of 18 is an ambiguous number associated with the Moon and the Hermit. The Moon is a symbol of mystery and intuition, whilst the Hermit indicates the initiate needs to take time out from distractions to contemplate the inner-self.  In gematria, the one and the eight are added together to make nine […]

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February 16, 2020
The Symbolic Meaning of the Number Ten

The symbolic meaning of the number ten signifies a cycle of life has ended and a new cycle has begun. The one and the zero are reunited whereby energy has taken a full course and transformed - or stayed the same. How energy transforms is determined by how you generate energy and project it into […]

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February 3, 2020
The Symbolic Meaning of Lord Shiva and Parvati

Shiva is the most powerful of the three Gods in the Hindu Trimurti and also the most complex....

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January 27, 2020
The Symbolic Meaning of The Umbrella in Buddhism

According to mainstream Buddhism, the Umbrella or Parasol is a symbol of protection from illness...

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January 13, 2020
The Symbolic Meaning of the Conch Shell in Buddhism

Symbols used in Buddhism and other religions have hidden meanings. Organised groups give you one version which is a small piece of the jigsaw. The exoteric meaning you find on Master Mind Content, however, is more revealing. On this page, we discuss the symbolic meaning of the conch shell. The conch shell is a spiritual […]

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January 13, 2020
The Symbolic Meaning of The Lotus Flower

The lotus flower is the most distinguished and recognisable symbol of Buddhism (and Hinduism)....

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December 17, 2019
The Esoteric Meaning of the Pentacle

The pentacle can be traced to Mesopotamia where it was used by the Sumerians and Babylonians...

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December 8, 2019
The Esoteric Meaning of the Triangle

Symbols have secret meanings. A lot of people don’t believe me when I say that. But they have...

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December 1, 2019
What Is The Symbolic Meaning Of A Square?

The square is used symbolically in spiritual and esoteric artwork to represent attributes of the four...

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November 21, 2019
Drinking Fountains in Valencia: The Symbolic Meaning of Fish and Snakes

Valencia on the east coast of Spain is an attractive and inspiring tourist destination. With a laid...

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November 1, 2019
The Symbolic Meaning of the Crossed Swords

The sword is an alchemical symbol representing the power of thought, purification and transformation....

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October 22, 2019
The Esoteric Meaning of the Cross Keys

Even if you are not clued up on esoteric symbolism, I expect you will recognise the image of two crossed keys....

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August 8, 2019
The Esoteric Meaning of the Serpent

The official interpretation of serpent symbolism is that it means wisdom, but as I will explain in this article...

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August 1, 2019
The Esoteric Meaning of the Celtic Cross

Throughout the course of history, the Celtic cross appears to have served several purposes; for both...

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July 8, 2019
Symbolic Meaning of the Star of David

The Star of David and the Seal of Solomon are curious symbols that have a mysterious history....

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June 28, 2019
The Deeper Symbolic Meaning of the Number 33

In the abbreviated version decoding the symbolic meaning of the number 33, I illustrated in.......

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June 14, 2019
Esoteric Symbolism Explained: Church of Dionysios, Zakynthos

On a recent visit to Zakynthos, also known as Zante, a small island off the east coast of mainland...

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May 2, 2019
The Noble Eightfold Path in Buddhism

 When Siddhartha Buddha emerged from his moment of enlightenment he realised there were four noble truths of suffering, of which, the final truth incorporates the Noble Eightfold Path. Also known as the Eight Bringers of Good Fortune - which a more appealing title – The Noble Eightfold Path is learning; right view, right thought, right […]

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May 1, 2019
The Symbolic Meaning of the Aum

Most people are probably familiar with the chant of Aum during meditation. It is also a symbol...

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April 15, 2019
The Symbolic Meaning of Brahma and Saraswati in Hindu Mythology

There are 33 Crore Gods (or 330 million – 1 Crore equals 10 million) in the Hindu Pantheon...

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April 7, 2019
The Symbolic Meaning of the Peacock

Once you notice symbols around you, they appear everywhere. The same ones will...

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March 30, 2019
Guide To Meditation: What To Expect And What To Do

New meditators can often struggle with meditation. I certainly know I did when I first tried...

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February 19, 2019
The 12 Universal Laws of Nature

If scientists and religious leaders ever came together to agree on one principle, it would be that...

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January 14, 2019
Understanding Mindfulness Meditation

There is a misconception about mindfulness meditation. It seems to have become a buzzword and...

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January 3, 2019
The Symbolic Meaning of the Vesica Piscis

The Vesica Piscis represents balance and creation. But as I will demonstrate in this article...

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December 12, 2018
The 12 Chakra System

Most people are familiar with the seven body chakras, that run up the spine. But Ayurveda yogis say....

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December 1, 2018
The Birth of Buddha: Historical or Symbolic?

Organised religions have a backstory which involves a historical founder. Yet curiously there is always...

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October 15, 2018
The Esoteric Meaning of the Circle

The circle is the oldest symbol known to man. With a single point in the centre of a circle, it is...

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July 21, 2018
The Esoteric Meaning of the Number 20

Esoteric symbolism is different from standard symbolism. Esoteric means hidden information that is only known to those with specialist, or secret, knowledge. For example, now you are researching the esoteric meaning of the number 20, you will learn that the number 20 is the “start of a spiritual journey which will bring success”. This is […]

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June 3, 2018
The Symbolic Meaning of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi

Of all the Hindu Gods, Vishnu is the most difficult to interpret. The roles in which Vishnu appears in Hindu...

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May 26, 2018
The Symbolic Meaning of Surya

Nobody told me decoding ancient symbolism would be easy and it does require a lot of digging, but it...

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May 19, 2018
Decoding The Mystery Behind the Number Twenty-Three

The enigma of the number twenty-three has captured the imaginations of the public for decades. The mysterious number features repeatedly throughout history, is associated with the dates of births and deaths of significant figures, and has been the inspiration for artists of all disciplines.  As a fleeting insight: Julius Caesar is said to have been […]

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May 19, 2018
The Deeper Symbolic Meaning of Ganesh

Lord Ganesh is arguably the most recognisable of all the Hindu Gods. The distinguishable elephant...

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May 14, 2018
The Symbolic Meaning of the Dancing Shiva

The statue of the God, Shiva performing the cosmic dance, is one of the most iconic and enigmatic...

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May 12, 2018
The Symbolic Meaning of the Hindu God Indra

In ancient Vedic literature, Lord Indra is depicted as a war god, a destructive force that yields...

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May 3, 2018
Balancing The 7 Deadly Sins With Seven Heavenly Virtues

Be a Sinner and a Saint. Just as Nature Intended! Have you noticed the number seven appears a lot in ancient myth and religious scripture? This is not a coincidence. Ancient cultures were enamoured by the ‘divine’ seven and associated the number with the Mother Goddess. The seven is also consistently used in art, literature […]

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May 2, 2018
What Are The Lokas In Hindu Mythology

Hindu mythology teaches us about the creation of the universe, human nature and the essence of...

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April 25, 2018
Power, Patience, Prosperity: The Symbolic Meaning Of Elephants

For the past week, I have been in Chiang Mai, Thailand and keep seeing elephants. Not the enigmatic...

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April 18, 2018
An Introduction To Vedanta

In a nutshell, Vedanta is a philosophy of life that teaches mankind how to liberate the mind from the...

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April 17, 2018
Buddha, The Elephant, And The Monkey

When you visit a Buddhist temple in Asia, you will probably see a statue of an elephant and a monkey....

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April 16, 2018
Esoteric Meaning of the Hexagon

As the hexagon is found throughout nature, organised religions insist it is a symbol of harmony and balance....

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April 11, 2018
What’s Your State of Mind? The Esoteric Meaning of the 14 Lokas in Hindu Mythology

In an earlier article, titled “What are the Lokas in Hindu Mythology”, I explained how the esoteric...

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April 3, 2018
The Esoteric Symbolism Of Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta

The jewel of Yogyakarta is undoubtedly the majestic temple complex of Prambanan. Built in the...

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March 25, 2018
The Three Jewels of Buddhism in Everyday Life

Before you can be formally recognised as a Buddhist, initiates are encouraged to “take refuge”...

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March 18, 2018
The Symbolic Meaning of Two Golden Fish in Buddhism

The golden fish in Buddhist symbolism has been lifted directly from ancient Vedic mythology. The Hindu God....

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March 11, 2018
The Symbolic Meaning of the Victory Banner in Buddhism

The victory banner is a symbol in Tibetan Buddhism that celebrates enlightenment. More precisely it...

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March 4, 2018
The Symbolic Meaning of the Treasure Vase in Buddhism

Today the vase is typically used to collect money, thus alludes to material wealth. However,....

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February 22, 2018
The Symbolic Meaning of the Endless Knot in Buddhism

The Endless Knot is perhaps the most complex of Buddhist symbols to understand. The orthodox meaning is typically shallow, and the true meaning is complicated. However, I will do my best to explain in terms that can be easily understood. The symbol of the Endless Knot in Buddhism has several names; the eternal knot, the […]

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November 19, 2017
The Alchemical Meaning of Two in Esoteric Symbolism

In esoteric symbolism, the number two represents duality. The deeper meaning of this is a reflection of the Self because two is derived from one plus one.  At the deepest level of esoteric meaning, the two represents the conscious mind and the subconscious mind; the light and dark side of your character - that which […]

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November 2, 2017
The Esoteric Meaning of the Number 22

The symbolic meaning of 22 has both positive and negative meanings. When things are going well for you, 22 is a number you want to see recurring in your life. The number 22 is a master number and essentially expresses creation. If you are not already seeing the number 22, or a sequence of these numbers […]

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October 23, 2017
The Esoteric Meaning of the Number 19

The number 19 is a card of enlightenment, represented by The Sun in the Tarot. In gematria 1+9 = 10 which is further reduced to 1+0 = 1, the number of new beginnings.  The difference between the esoteric meaning of the 19 and the number one, however, is that you enter your new phase of […]

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September 30, 2017
The Esoteric Meaning of the Number 16 

The esoteric meaning of the number 16 indicates you have recently acquired new knowledge and face a decision. You will need to call upon qualities such as strength and self-control. In the case of addiction, the 16 will appear if you have taken the decision to quit.  The 16th card of the Tarot, for example, […]

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September 24, 2017
The Symbolic Meaning of the Number Twelve 

The symbolic meaning of the number twelve is a number we find consistently appearing in ancient myths and legends and modern-day organised religions.  In one sense, the symbolic meaning of the number twelve is essentially a continuation of the eleven whereby the initiate sets off along a new path in life. This is also consistent with […]

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September 17, 2017
The Symbolic Meaning of 11, 111, and 1111.

In my opinion, the symbolic meaning of the number 11 is often misrepresented. Whilst angel numbers put a position spin on the symbolic meaning of 11, 111 and 1111 (which is nice), esoteric systems of symbolism tend to swing the other way. However, there are both positive and negative meanings to all numbers. The key […]

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August 29, 2017
The Symbolic Meaning of the Number Nine 

The esoteric meaning of nine relates to the ultimate completion of a life cycle, after which the sequence of numbers reverts to zero as we find in gematria. The nine is the final dimension whereby divine energy manifests itself on the material world.   The symbolic meaning of nine, therefore, has a powerful spiritual meaning which […]

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August 19, 2017
The Symbolic Meaning of Eight

Whereas the number seven represents completion, the symbolic meaning of the eight is an indication that you have acquired wisdom and are operating at a higher vibration.  The symbolic meaning of eight was prevalent in ancient cultures as they devoutly believed in reincarnation. The ancient Egyptians believed the eight has no significance in this life, […]

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August 18, 2017
The Spiritual Meaning of Zero

The symbolic meaning of zero primarily relates to potential. It is the starting point from which all other numbers follow. The same principle can be applied to life; every reality you experience is the result of conscious activity. Starting from the moment you have the initial thought or occurrence, energy is present. The Law of […]

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August 17, 2017
The Symbolic Meaning of The Number Six 

The lessons to learn from the symbolic meaning of six are harmony, balance, sincerity, love, and truth. We are required to call upon the energy of the six when dealing with diplomacy and sensitive matters. It is the ability to feel compassion and love in any given situation. In numerology, the number six indicates a […]

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August 16, 2017
Esoteric Symbolism in Buddha Park Explained

25km south-east of the Laos capital, Vientiane, is Buddha Park, a collection of curious sculptures featuring over 400 stone carvings inspired by Hindu mythology. Built in 1958, by a Hindu-Buddhist monk, Luang Pu Bunleua Sulitat, Buddha Park is a fascinating insight to esoteric symbolism. Here I will glide over some of the highlights, but you […]

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August 2, 2017
The Symbolic Meaning of 15

The symbolic meaning of 15 is best explained by the 15th card of the Major Arcana in the Tarot deck – The Devil. In the alchemical table, the archangel Uriel is also depicted as The Devil.  But The Devil card is not a tyrant of evil as the Catholic Church would have us believe. It […]

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August 2, 2017
The Symbolic Meaning of the Number 17 

The symbolic meaning of the number 17 is associated with transformation or resurrection, given it is the manifestation of knowledge acquired at the stage of the number 16. The result can be either negative or positive depending on the choices you made in the earlier stages of development.  In the ancient world, the symbolic meaning […]

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August 2, 2017
The Symbolic Meaning of the Number 21

The number 21 is a deeply spiritual number that ultimately brings together the third cycle 7th cycle of energy transformation. Energy transmutes in stages of three and seven times three is 21. Essentially the 21 is the manifestation resulting from thoughts, emotions and actions emanating from the 20, or 2. At this point, the initiate […]

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August 1, 2017
The Spiritual Meaning of the Number Five 

The spiritual meaning of the number five is believed to be magical. Of course, it's not really magical, but when you know the true meaning of the five, it's easy to see why it's associated with magic.  It's terms like "magical" in which you have to be careful when interpreting the meaning of symbols. The […]

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August 1, 2017
The Symbolic Meaning of the Number Four

The esoteric meaning of symbols and numbers can be used to your advantage. When you see the number four, you see a glimpse of your future - so pay attention to significant events or synchronicity in your life when the number four reveals itself to you. From an exoteric viewpoint, the symbolic meaning of the […]

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August 1, 2017
The Spiritual Meaning of Number Seven 

The number seven in alchemical thought may not be the pinnacle, but it is certainly the goal. It represents self-awareness and inner-wisdom that will deliver a richer quality of life. The symbolic meaning of seven is believed to resonate with vibration and energies picked up by our chakra system, hence why there are seven core […]

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August 1, 2017
The Esoteric Meaning of the Number Thirteen

The esoteric meaning of the number thirteen is not the same as the symbolic meaning of the same number you find in most other sources. For example, the number 13 has nothing to do with good luck and bad luck. This article explores the esoteric meaning of the number thirteen in a reasonable amount of […]

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June 29, 2017
The Hermetic Principle of Three 

The three is one of the most important numbers in ancient symbolism as it represents completion, or to create something in the physical realm. The hermetic principle of three is therefore known as the number of manifestation, the product of the male energy we find in the number one and the female energy in the […]

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June 25, 2017
The Symbolic Meaning of Bells

The sounding of a bell is a signal that informs you of something; the start or end of mass or class, an emergency, a wake-up call or, in the case of the old town crier, to grab attention before making an announcement. Everybody knows that! However, there is a deeper, esoteric meaning, that rarely gets […]

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April 22, 2017
Symbolic Meaning Of The Number One

When you see synchronicity in numbers and symbols over a short space of time (say like 2 days to a week), you should stop and take notice. The repetition of the number one is obviously a very common occurrence. I see people on social media asking what the symbolic meaning of 11, 111 and 1111 means all […]

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April 16, 2017
The Esoteric Meaning of April Fools’ Day

It has become a custom in Europe to play pranks on one another on April 1st. We call it April Fools’.......

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April 2, 2017
The Esoteric Meaning of the Number 14 

The esoteric meaning of the 14 relates to, introspection, self-control and independence. But for those that fail, the 14 signals a time of turmoil.  The 14 has the double power of the divine seven which represents the female principle of the divine mother. In Christianity, the divine female is the Virgin Mary. The 14 is […]

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February 3, 2017
The Symbolic Meaning of the Dharma Wheel in Buddhism

The Dharma Wheel is a core symbol of Buddhist teaching. Together with the lotus flower, it is the most...

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January 4, 2017
The Symbolic Meaning of Stupas

Stupas are universal throughout Asia. They are said to represent the burial mound the historical Buddha, Prince....

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September 16, 2016
Ancient Ruins of Lopburi, Thailand

Interpreting Ancient Symbolism at Phra Prang Sam Yod Travellers meandering through Thailand might want to check out Lopburi. Or maybe not. There’s not much there other than ancient Khmer ruins riddled with monkeys. Located around 150 kilometres north-east of Bangkok, Lopburi is only a couple of hours along the track and a pleasant train journey […]

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April 16, 2016
The Meanings of Esoteric Symbolism in Valencia Cathedral

Once you understand the meanings of esoteric symbolism, churches, cathedrals and temples make much...

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