Peeking with Fingers Allowed

Dermo-Optical Perception

Magic, miracle, science or myth? The purported ability of blind and sighted individuals to “see” with their fingers, known as dermo-optical perception, has gotten some good and bad press. Most stories about those who can read and sense colors with their fingertips come from research in Russia, Taiwan and China. Some question the scientific standards utilized in these experiments. It’s the stuff of legends and begins with a story of a Russian woman who could embroider by feeling the colored threads with her fingers. This was Nina Kulingina, a sighted person with other unusual abilities such as psychokinesis. Her ability … Continue reading

Auroratone Therapeutic Films

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In the 1940s, a British filmmaker named Cecil Stokes created a series of therapeutic films that were used in psychiatric hospitals. At the time, there was an influx of soldiers from WWII who were suffering from a variety of mental disorders. Some had PTSD, others were suicidal, and others were unable to adjust to life with the disabilities they suffered from as a result of the war. Motion film itself was relatively new and had a big impact on the viewer. Apparently there was originally a set of at least four Auroratone Films. These particular films consisted of shifting, abstract … Continue reading

Pokemon Shock

Pokemon Shock Syndrome

On December 16, 1997, an episode of Pokemon was broadcast in Japan and watched by an estimated four million children. The impact of the cartoon sent almost 700 kids to the emergency room. This demonstrated, albeit unintentionally, the powerful effects on the brain of certain sequences of color and sound. The episode was called Electric Soldier Porygon. What resulted was called Pokemon Shock. In this particular episode, Ash and his his friends travel inside a broken Pokemon transmitter machine and try to fix it. About twenty minutes into the program, Pikachu uses his lightening attack to blow up some virtual missiles. … Continue reading

The Limited Law of Attraction

You have probably heard of the Law of Attraction (as presented in the movie The Secret). It’s the idea that you can concentrate on something that you want in your life–like a new car or a new relationship or a home–and you can attract the object or experience to yourself. In this view, the universe is described like a catalog and you just have to identify exactly what you want, place your order and have faith that it will come to you. You can use mental visualization and affirmations and vision boards with images of what you want. It’s all … Continue reading

Crown of Life

I recently heard a talk on YouTube by John Byde about Hacking the Pineal. One of the more interesting things he noted in his discussion of politics, health and the history of consciousness was that wearing a crown would help to direct energy into the pineal gland and therefore help rulers to make appropriate decisions on behalf of their people. I had never thought about the purpose of a crown, or even that there was a purpose beyond some kind of fancy, expensive hat! Crowns have traditionally been made of metals that have a high degree of conducting power such … Continue reading

The Conscious Universe

Most people are “conscious” at least as far as their physical body extends. That can be debated, of course, as many people are quite unconscious of their own bodies, but for the sake of discussion I’ll accept that people can sense various areas and the perimeter of their bodies. We can think about our hearts and “feel” them in our bodies. Or we can think about our toes or about our necks or our stomach or whatever. Our attention is “traveling” within our physical bodies. If we start to recognize that our consciousness extends beyond our bodies into the whole … Continue reading

Mysterious Power of Art

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The power of art to inspire, comfort, and motivate is widely recognized. The more mysterious powers of art reveal that there may be more to art than meets the eye. The ancient Greeks believed that color and music possessed inherent powers to influence their viewers. Modern research may be starting to prove them right. Some of the mysterious power of art involves the science of geometric figures. For example, some writers have gathered evidence suggesting that placing items in pyramids can have almost supernatural results. Food can be preserved without refrigeration and dull knives can miraculously become sharp. The new … Continue reading

The Pineal Gland in Art

If the pineal gland is the seat of consciousness, the fact that there is a very large statue topped by the pine cone-shaped pineal gland in the Vatican is fascinating. Did the original Catholics know the mystical teachings about the pineal gland? If so, how has the knowledge been “lost”? The name pineal comes from the Latin pinea or pinus, meaning “pine come”. Representations of the pineal gland are used symbolically in art of the Sumerians, Egyptians, Indonesians, Greeks, Romans and Babylonians as well. Some believe that we enter and leave our physical bodies at birth and death through the … Continue reading

Color Perception and Harmony

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The brilliant chemist M.E. Chevreul (1789-1889) changed the entire course of modern art with his insightful theories concerning color perception and color harmony. The effort to devise a scientific approach to color usage was foremost in the minds of eminent physicists and chemists in the nineteenth century. Chevreul’s landmark publication in 1839 was completely devoted to addressing this issue. Chevreul’s book, called The Principles of Harmony and Contrast of Colors and Their Applications to the Arts, reported his extensive observations of the optical effects of colors. Chevreul further developed a series of guidelines for color usage that could be adapted to … Continue reading

The Color of Sound

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Throughout history, the potential correspondence between color and sound has received attention from prominent philosophers, artists, musicians and scientists. Similarities between color and sound were clearly noted by the ancient Greeks. Some Greek theorists considered “color” to be synonymous with “timbre” as a quality of sound itself. In the fourth century BC, Plato’s friend Archytas of Tarentum called a new kind of musical scale “chromatic” (relating to or produced by color). Since the days of the Greeks, the two arts of color and music have shared a notably common nomenclature: tone, pitch, intensity, volume, form, etc. The analogous aspect of … Continue reading