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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

8 Different Types of Love According to the Ancient Greeks

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8 Different Types of Love According to the Ancient Greeks

There are many paths in life. But the longest of them all is the path to the heart. If you resist this path, you will take lifetimes to find it again. If you surrender and embrace it, you’ll be home.

We’ve all been blinded by the blanket of emotions that comes from falling down the precipice of union into love. While we only have one word for it, the ancient Greeks in their pursuit of wisdom and self-understanding, found seven different varieties of love that we all experience at some point.

When we understand the different types of love out there, we can become conscious of how deep our connection is with ourselves and the other people in our lives.

8 Different Types of Love


What different types of love are you currently experiencing and how are they impacting your life?

1. “Eros” or Erotic Love


The first kind of love is Eros, which is named after the Greek god of love and fertility. Eros represents the idea of sexual passion and desire.

The ancient Greeks considered Eros to be dangerous and frightening as it involves a “loss of control” through the primal impulse to procreate. Eros is a passionate and intense form of love that arouses romantic and sexual feelings.

Eros is an exulted and beautifully idealistic love that in the hearts of the spiritually mature can be used to “recall knowledge of beauty” (as Socrates put it) through Tantra and spiritual sex. But when misguided, eros can be misused, abused and indulged in, leading to impulsive acts and broken hearts.

Eros is a primal and powerful fire that burns out quickly. It needs its flame to be fanned through one of the deeper forms of love below as it is centered around the selfish aspects of love, that is, personal infatuation and physical pleasure.

Love Catalyst: The physical body

2. “Philia” or Affectionate Love


The second type of love is philia, or friendship. The ancient Greeks valued philia far above eros because it was considered a love between equals.

Plato felt that physical attraction was not a necessary part of love, hence the use of the word platonic to mean, “without physical attraction.” Philia is a type of love that is felt among friends who’ve endured hard times together.

As Aristotle put it, philia is a “dispassionate virtuous love” that is free from the intensity of sexual attraction. It often involves the feelings of loyalty among friends, camaraderie among team mates, and the sense of sacrifice for your pack.

Examples in Films: Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Girl Next Door

Love Catalyst: The mind

3. “Storge” or Familiar Love


Although storge closely resembles philia in that it is a love without physical attraction, storge is primarily to do with kinship and familiarity. Storge is a natural form of affection that often flows between parents and their children, and children for their parents.

Storge love can even be found among childhood friends that is later shared as adults. But although storge is a powerful form of love, it can also become an obstacle on our spiritual paths, especially when our family or friends don’t align with or support our journey.

Love Catalyst: Causal (Memories)

4. “Ludus” or Playful Love


Although ludus has a bit of the erotic eros in it, it is much more than that. The Greeks thought of ludus as a playful form of love, for example, the affection between young lovers.

Ludus is that feeling we have when we go through the early stages of falling in love with someone, e.g. the fluttering heart, flirting, teasing, and feelings of euphoria.

Playfulness in love is an essential ingredient that is often lost in long-term relationships. Yet playfulness is one of the secrets to keeping the childlike innocence of your love alive, interesting and exciting.

Love Catalyst: Astral (Emotion)

5. “Mania” or Obsessive Love


Mania love is a type of love that leads a partner into a type of madness and obsessiveness. It occurs when there is an imbalance between eros and ludus.

To those who experience mania, love itself is a means of rescuing themselves; a reinforcement of their own value as the sufferer of poor self-esteem. This person wants to love and be loved to find a sense of self-value. Because of this, they can become possessive and jealous lovers, feeling as though they desperately “need” their partners.

If the other partner fails to reciprocate with the same kind of mania love, many issues prevail. This is why mania can often lead to issues such as codependency.

Love Catalyst: Survival instinct

6. “Pragma” or Enduring Love


Pragma is a love that has aged, matured and developed over time. It is beyond the physical, it has transcended the casual, and it is a unique harmony that has formed over time.

You can find pragma in married couples who’ve been together for a long time, or in friendships that have endured for decades. Unfortunately pragma is a type of love that is not easily found. We spend so much time and energy trying to find love and so little time in learning how to maintain it.

Unlike the other types of love, pragma is the result of effort on both sides. It’s the love between people who’ve learned to make compromises, have demonstrated patience and tolerance to make the relationship work.

Love Catalyst: Etheric (Unconscious)

7. “Philautia” or Self Love


The Greeks understood that in order to care for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves. This form of self-love is not the unhealthy vanity and self-obsession that is focused on personal fame, gain and fortune as is the case with Narcissism.

Instead, philautia is self-love in its healthiest form. It shares the Buddhist philosophy of “self-compassion” which is the deep understanding that only once you have the strength to love yourself and feel comfortable in your own skin, will you be able to provide love to others. As Aristotle put it, “All friendly feelings for others are an extension of a man’s feelings for himself.”

You cannot share what you do not have. If you do not love yourself, you cannot love anyone else either. The only way to truly be happy is to find that unconditional love for yourself. Only once you learn to love and understand yourself, will you be ready to search for the spiritual freedom of the Self.

Love Catalyst: Soul

8. “Agape” or Selfless Love


The highest and most radical type of love according to the Greeks is agape, or selfless unconditional love.

This type of love is not the sentimental outpouring that often passes as love in our society. It has nothing to do with the condition-based type of love that our sex-obsessed culture tries to pass as love.

Agape is what some call spiritual love. It is an unconditional love, bigger than ourselves, a boundless compassion, an infinite empathy. It is what the Buddhists describe as “mettā” or “universal loving kindness.” It is the purest form of love that is free from desires and expectations, and loves regardless of the flaws and shortcomings of others.

Agape is the love that is felt for that which we intuitively know as the divine truth: the love that accepts, forgives and believes for our greater good.

Love Catalyst: Spirit

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Thanks to the ancient Greeks, we can learn from all the different types of love in our lives. Because of these distinctions, we can learn that in order to truly enjoyeros we must also search for greater depths through philia and cultivate ludus,avoiding mania as our relationships mature. It’s through these efforts that we’ll findpragma in our soulmate or twin flame relationships.

Finally, through the power philautia and agape we can come to understand how amazing our human hearts really are. Our hearts are the only things in the universe that grow larger the more they give to others.

by MATEO SOL | Loner Wolf

Source: Expanded Consciousness

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Drone Captures Photos That Perfectly Reveal The Division Between Rich And Poor

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Drone Captures Photos That Perfectly Reveal The Division Between Rich And Poor
Johnny Miller

“Unequal Scenes” gives a bird’s eye view on the lines of inequality so clearly drawn in South Africa.


Never before has the division between rich and poor been so easy to grasp. Activists can thank South African artist Johnny Miller, who captured the following photos with a drone to illuminate the vast difference between living conditions among the classes.

The project, titled “Unequal Scenes,” began as a Facebook post that eventually went viral, reports PetaPixel. After the photo of the Masiphumelele community and its surroundings in the Republic of South Africa was shared more than 1,000 times, Miller knew he was on to something. He went on to capture many other, similar photographs and videos across South Africa.
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Scientists have invented a mind-reading machine that visualises your thoughts

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Scientists have invented a mind-reading machine that visualises your thoughts

"We can take someone’s memory... and pull it out from their brains."

If you think your mind is the only safe place left for all your secrets, think again, because scientists are making real steps towards reading your thoughts and putting them on a screen for everyone to see.

A team from the University of Oregon has built a system that can read people’s thoughts via brain scans, and reconstruct the faces they were visualising in their heads. As you’ll soon see, the results were pretty damn creepy.
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[Watch] PETA Surprises Customers With The Reality Of Leather Accessories

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[Watch] PETA Surprises Customers With The Reality Of Leather Accessories

Customers were horrified to find animal flesh, blood, and even a beating heart in the faux leather products.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

They Asked What Disappointed Him Most About Society. His Response Blew Me Away!

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They Asked What Disappointed Him Most About Society. His Response Blew Me Away!
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Warning: The following clip will give you chills!


If you’ve ever contemplated the hypocrisy of society, it’s more than likely you’ve gone a little bit mad at one point or another.

After all, it’s mind-numbing to consider that while conundrums like world hunger and dirty energy can be resolved within our lifetimes, the majority of the populace is tuned into reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and are apathetic to the issues.

At the end of the day, when one takes a good, hard look at the world, they are likely to be more depressed than impressed with humanity’s course. Of course, there are good people on this planet doing what they can to improve Earth for others and future generations, but a large majority of the population still needs to wake up and take responsibility for their actions.

The disdain regarding society’s ignorance is what a young, anti-social computer programmer expresses in the clip below. The man, who works as a cyber-security engineer during the day and a hacker at night on the TV series Mr. Robot, is asked what bothers him most about society. His response is likely to blow you away!


The interviewer asks: “What is it about society that disappoints you so much?”

He replies:

“Oh I don’t know … Is it that we collectively thought Steve Jobs was a great man, even when we knew he made billions off the backs of children? Or maybe it’s that it feels like all our heroes are counterfeit? The world itself just one big hoax, spamming each other with our burning commentary bullshit, masquerading this insight; our social media faking this intimacy. Or is it that we voted for this? Not with our rigged elections, but with our things, our property, our money. I’m not saying anything new, we all know why we do this, not because Hunger Games books makes us happy, but because we want to be sedated. Because it’s painful not to pretend, because we’re cowards. F*ck society.”


Do you agree or disagree? Please comment below and share this news!

Source: True Activist
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Bald Men Are More Attractive According To Science

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Bald Men Are More Attractive According To Science

To the relief of my very bald husband, a recent scientific study found that hairless men are perceived to be more masculine, powerful, and dominant than their furry-headed counterparts. In his paper titled Shorn Scalps and Perceptions of Male Dominance, Albert E. Mannes of the University of Pennsylvania details three studies he conducted, all of which suggest that men with no hair may be seen as not only more powerful and influential, but also stronger, taller, and better leaders.

HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS THAT MANNES SOUGHT TO ANSWER, AND HIS SURPRISING FINDINGS:

DOES A BALD HEAD CONVEY DOMINANCE AND AUTHORITY?


To answer this first question, Mannes presented the study participants with a variety of photos, roughly half of which showed men who were totally bald. The rest of the pictures showed men with hair of varying lengths. When the participants rated the power, influence, and authority of these men, Mannes found the bald men to come out ahead on all three of these attributes – all of which signify dominance.

ARE BALD MEN SIMPLY MORE DOMINANT PEOPLE, OR DOES THEIR BALDNESS ITSELF CONTRIBUTE TO THIS PERCEPTION?


Because of the scientific link between male-pattern baldness and testosterone, it is reasonable to wonder if the bald men were being perceived as more powerful simply because they were, in fact, more authoritative and influential people. To examine this, Mannes showed participants photographs of men with their natural hair, as well as pictures of the same men in which their hair had been digitally removed. Interestingly, participants perceived the balded version of the man to be not only more dominant, but also an entire inch taller and thirteen percent stronger.

IS THIS SIMPLY A VISUAL PHENOMENON? DO WE NEED TO SEE THE MAN’S BALD HEAD FOR THIS EFFECT TO HOLD UP?


The third part of this study used written descriptions of the men rather than photographs. Surprisingly, even when participants could not see the subject, they were still inclined to rate the men who had no hair as being the strongest, most masculine, and most dominant. They also estimated them to have the highest leadership potential.

Mannes suggests that rather than trying to combat hair loss, a man would be wise to give into it entirely. Shave your balding head, and you will be seen as the virile and powerful superhero that you always knew yourself to be. It’s a bold move, but you will be creating a more masculine and dominant image for yourself – and you may even increase your leadership potential.

Source: I Heart Intelligence
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This Man Just Saved 1,000 Dogs From Being Slaughtered At The Yulin Meat Festival

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This Man Just Saved 1,000 Dogs From Being Slaughtered At The Yulin Meat Festival
AnimalHopeAndRescueFoundation Instagram

Despite being beaten and detained by authorities, this man continues to infiltrate slaughterhouses in China and rescue dogs with other activists.


Yes, the time has come. In China, a week-long event known as the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is taking place, much to the distaste of animal rights activists in the country and around the world. It is estimated that every year, 10 to 20 million dogs are killed for their meat.

While some are doing their part by sharing articles such as this one to raise awareness about the outdated festival, others are actually venturing to the event to rescue dogs before they’re killed.

American activist Marc Ching is one such individual. According to Mashable, Ching has suffered beatings and threats, yet still continues to sneak into slaughterhouses to rescue canines. In partnership with other animal lovers in China, he has helped rescue 1,000 dogs from being skinned alive.
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Jeremy Irons Has An Important Message About Corporate Greed You Need To Hear

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Jeremy Irons Has An Important Message About Corporate Greed You Need To Hear

Jeremy Irons just won me over. Firstly he looks a lot like Alan Watts , but the main reason is because he seems to get that the whole world is brainwashed and isn’t afraid to voice his opinions.

He raises two very valid points in this short interview, one of them is the question of if the whole world is in debt, who exactly are we in debt to? And the second point is the one where he notices that everyone has been brainwashed into thinking we are here to work, pay bills and then die which clearly we are not.

Check out the interview below:


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We could use your support to spread more messages of truth across the web.

Source: Educate Inspire Change

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