Month: January 2018

Changing Times-Changing Worlds Theme 2018

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This year the conference theme is Change:

Change as Opportunity:  Rising to the Challenge.

It’s hardly surprising that we would choose change as a theme, when the point of the conference is that we want to change the world, to help it accept that people are able perceive and to effect- to change- the world through our inner energies. Since the Enlightenment, Westerners have separated Science and “What’s real” over on one side, and Religion and Magick over on the other side, putting it on the ‘optional’ menu, which has severely handicapped us all by not allowing them to include any evidence they find that suggests that everything that is real must be based in the physical world.

Those who encounter the “supernatural”, “metaphysical”, “occult”, or “paranormal” are shunted off to the “kook” seating. When solid science leads to evidence that other worlds and abilities exist and may explain how the world works, the scientists involved must carefully couch their findings in ambiguities in order to be allowed to publish the findings in mainstream literature. IMO, to require your results to reflect your pre-selected position is not science! We must come to a place where whatever the results we find are accepted, even if they indicate the presence of psychics, ghosts, other worlds and non-corporal beings.

The resistance probably comes from the claims of infallibility- once one has suggested that their position is the only correct option, then any change proves that their earlier position was wrong, proving them fallible. This is a hard position from which to back down.

Although the Scientific method requires that after testing an hypothesis, we accept the results of the test, in practice, results are accepted if they support a hypothesis that goes along with the old paradigms, and if they don’t, then the tests were clearly flawed- not the “only the physical is real” paradigm.

It is often said that “Insanity is when you keep doing the same thing and expect results to change.” But results often change. There are so many variables that we shouldn’t be surprised when it does. Happily Quantum Physics and Chaos Theory are beginning to break down the old paradigm and we are gradually learning that it’s fine to accept that we didn’t get everything precisely right the first time. My mother used to say that the “average lifespan of a scientific fact was five years”, and certainly we are learning new things that challenge the old ways daily.

Change is difficult to deal with, especially when we have to make major decisions, medical and legal ones based on what we believe is real. Every time we realize we’ve made a mistake, we have to accept that we may have hurt someone, or done something wrong, because of what we thought was true, but wasn’t. It is better to deal with those mistakes and move on, rather than to continue to make them and compound the harm. (How many of us had to learn as children to hide psychic talents because we would be teased or reprimanded?)

So this year we are looking at change, and how to direct it to where we want to go.

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Youth and the Perception of Magick on the New Normal

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Please join Tchipakkan and Thor Halvorsen on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, – January 24, 2018,, 8-9 p.m. edt.

Miss the live show? Listen to the archive here:

http://tobtr.com/s/10546001

At some point many young people start noticing things we’d describe as magick, and try to learn more. Some explore on their own, some find books, others look in their community, a lucky few have family members who can teach them how it works, and how to develop their talents. (How to avoid easy mistakes!)
Everyone is psychic to some extent, with empathic or other talents. Some help comes from having a good grounding in folklore, and different religions can help or confuse the issue. Fairy tales have created stereotypes of witches as outlaws; every historical period has its own fears, whether Vikings or the atom bomb, the Black Death or AIDS, growing up is scary, and understanding magick can help you feel more in control of your world- but a misunderstanding can make you fear it.

If you started looking for magical mentoring when you were a kid (or teen) or have been a magical mentor to a youth, give us a call between 8 and 9 Wednesday 619-639-4606 (live only).

If you can’t make the live show 8-9- and have a question or comment, please feel free to write me a message and I’ll read it on the air.
Want to listen later? Live Paranormal.com archives its shows by date, and I archive them by date, guest, and topic on my website: http://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/ <http://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank>

Hope you can join us tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal. http://liveparanormal.com/<http://liveparanormal.com/>

To listen on your computer, open a window on your computer to www.Liveparanormal.com <http://www.liveparanormal.com/>, click play.
If you can’t tune in while we’re live (8-9 pm), all Live Paranormal.com shows are archived by date, and I’ll post the link to this show here after the show. If you know you’re going to listen later and have a question you’d like answered, look on the facebook events page and leave a question there. We’ll try to answer it during the show.

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Mithraism on the New Normal 1-17-18, 8 PM

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Please join Tchipakkan and Jane Sibley, on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 8-9 p.m. edt.

miss the show? the archive is here: http://tobtr.com/s/10528767

 

Jane will be talking about the Mystery Religion Mithraism which was huge in the Roman Empire. There are many interesting links between Mithraism and early Christianity (which probably borrowed the 25th of December from Mithraism for their own deo-genisis). However, this was, like the Elusinian Mysteries, a religion in which the followers were enjoined not to speak about it to those not also in the cult. Thus we know far too little about the beliefs and try to get clues from surviving Mithraea (their places of worship), which at very least indicate that it was quite widespread.

Jane Sibley is an expert in many areas of folklore, and history in the areas of magick and religion, She’s co-founder and a speaker at the Changing Times Changing Worlds conference, and author of several books both fictional and non-fiction. She has a Ph. D in history/ comparative religion, and her dissertation was on thunder/lightning lore in religion and folklore, as well as iconography in the Indo-European world.

The image of Jane speaking to museum goers at the Mithraum at the Yale Museum during a Mithracon.

If you have any questions or insights, feel free to give us a call between 8 and 9 Wednesday 619-639-4606 (live only).

If you can’t make the live show 8-9- and have a question or comment, please feel free to write me a message and I’ll read it on the air.
Want to listen later? Live Paranormal.com archives its shows by date, and I archive them by date, guest, and topic on my website: http://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/

Hope you can join us tomorrow night from 8-9 at the New Normal. http://liveparanormal.com/

To listen on your computer, open a window on your computer to www.Liveparanormal.com, click play.

If you can’t tune in while we’re live (8-9 pm), all Live Paranormal.com shows are archived by date, and I’ll post the link to this show here after the show. If you know you’re going to listen later and have a question you’d like answered, look on the facebook events page and leave a question there. We’ll try to answer it during the show.

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