Lone Companion

'The View from Heaven' by Abigail Kokitus



"A pill or substance that is given to a patient like a drug but that has no physical effect on the patient"

But scientists are increasingly recognizing the placebo response as an authentic neurochemical reaction in the brain. In the past decade, imaging studies have opened up the possibility that scientists will soon understand the mysterious phenomenon and even harness it in clinical practice — unleashing the power of, well, nothing.

The new evidence has established that placebos trigger the brain’s “inner pharmacy” — in essence, a warehouse perpetually stocked to deliver active drugs to itself. In addition to improving Parkinson’s symptoms, that same inner pharmacy can affect conditions like pain, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, schizophrenia and more. As the placebo effect emerges from a long history in the shadows, the new question is: How can we use this age-old brain trick to our advantage?

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Dare I say I miss him? I do. I miss him. I still see him in my dreams. They are nightmares mostly, but nightmares tinged with love.
I still cannot understand how he could abandon me so unceremoniously, without any sort of goodbye, without looking back even once. That pain is like an axe that chops at my heart.
Yann Martel, Life of Pi (via feellng)
At present we are unable to bear our own suffering because we cherish ourselves so deeply. In addition we cannot bear to see the suffering of our parents, family and friends because we cherish them as well. However, when we see our enemies in pain we take delight in the knowledge that suffering has befallen them. Why? Because we do not cherish them at all. It is this prejudiced mind that we must tame and transform.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Meaningful to Behold” (via dancingdakini)


I’m always surprised by people who say they’re not afraid to die.  Most are usually quick to point out they are afraid to die painfully—but not of  the idea of no longer being alive.  I continue to be mystified not only by this answer but by the number of people who give it.  Though I can imagine there are indeed people who, because of their age, character, or religious beliefs, truly do feel this way, I’ve always wondered if that answer hides a denial so deeply seated it cannot be faced by most.

Certainly, this has been the case with me.  I love being here and don’t want to leave.  I’ve always spoken openly of my fear of death to anyone who’s ever asked (not that many have—I suppose even the question is uncomfortable for most), but I’ve rarely experienced moments where I actually felt afraid.  Whenever I’ve tried wrapping my mind around the concept of my own demise—truly envisioned the world continuing on without me, the essence of what I am utterly gone forever—I’ve unearthed a fear so overwhelming my mind has been turned aside as if my imagination and the idea of my own end were two magnets of identical polarity, unwilling to meet no matter how hard I tried to make them.

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Come boldly, O believer, for despite the whisperings of the enemy and the doubtings of thine own heart, thou art greatly beloved.
 Charles Spurgeon (via panatmansam)


The universe is a pan dimensional projection. From a single point, to two dimensions then three, four and into infinity. The origin is this one point. This single point gives rise to all other things. This point does not occupy space. It does not float in space space and time…

Rule your mind, or it will rule you
Buddha (via wewerelosingteeth)


The Rosicrucian Emblems of Daniel Cramer. I Am Absolved, I Am Not Wounded, I Am Predestined, I Am Tried In The Fire, I Am Cooled, I Am Protected, I Endure Mockery, I Am Faithful, I Fear Hell, I Hope For Renewal (top to bottom). 1617.

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