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The Soul in Ancient Egypt

At the beginning of time, the god Atum stood on the primordial mound in the midst of the waters of chaos and created the world. The power which …

An Introduction to the Spiritual Disciplines | The Art of Manliness

“The meaning of earthly existence is not, as we have grown used to thinking, in prosperity, but in the development of the soul.” —Alexander …

Spirituality

Discovering the real depth of the Feast of the Transfiguration

Today is the feast of the Transfiguration. It’s a holy day celebrating one of those really important events in the life of Jesus Christ that is …

The terrorist threat posed by Islamic State isn't going away

The<p>Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate, the brutal “state” the extremist group ruled for three years in Syria and Iraq, is rapidly collapsing.<p>After months of grueling combat, Iraqi troops have finally retaken Mosul, their country's second-largest city, at the cost of thousands of lives and …

What My Father the Pathological Liar Taught Me About Trump

Life under the new president has been unsettling, but also strangely familiar.<p>My father never carried an umbrella. He figured if it started to rain, he'd be able to talk someone into sharing an umbrella with him. Allergic to long-term planning, he was sure he could talk his way through any sticky …

Donald Trump

The Racist and Sexist History of Keeping Birth Control Side Effects Secret

A recently published study sheds light on the alarming relationship between hormonal birth control and depression. But the findings are only the latest in a long line of battles between women and their doctors over accurate information.<p><i>In honor of Planned Parenthood's 100-year anniversary, we're</i> …

Women's Health

Galaxies Found Close Together Show Signs Of Impending Doom

The ‘compact galaxy groups’ of the Universe won’t be around for long!<p><i>“They most likely form as subsystems within looser associations and evolve by</i> …

Cosmology

Woman forced to undergo exorcism to 'cure' her depression

When Gayathri Ramprasad was 26 years old, she underwent an exorcism. The reason why: She had depression and anxiety.<p>"My in-laws are extremely religious and very superstitious, so they invited a priest to come home to exorcise the demons in me," says Gayathri. "They believed that people living with …

Mental Health

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Ricky Gervais teases KLG and Hoda: 'How have you lasted this long?'

Need some laughs to get over the mid-week hump? Look no further. The always-hilarious Ricky Gervais visited TODAY Wednesday, and we're still giggling.<p>First, the "Office" creator razzed Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb about their usual on-air antics as they kicked off the fourth hour of the …

Ricky Gervais

Clinton close to victory, John Oliver’s $15m giveaway and rage and the entrepreneur

<b>Sign up to receive FirstFT by email here</b><p>Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic party nomination for US president after reaching the required …

Bernie Sanders

Woman breaks silence among Fukushima thyroid cancer patients

KORIYAMA, Japan (AP) — She's 21, has thyroid cancer, and wants people in her prefecture in northeastern Japan to get screened for it. That statement might not seem provocative, but her prefecture is Fukushima, and of the 173 young people with confirmed or suspected cases since the 2011 nuclear …

Cancer

How racism came to be called a mental illness — and why that’s a problem

In 1981, Anthony Simon, an elderly white man in Kansas, shot his Chinese American neighbor Steffen Wong as Wong was entering his own home. In his trial, Simon’s defense rested upon a claim of “anxiety neurosis”: Simon said he was afraid of “Orientals” and their presumed martial arts capabilities, …

Mental Health

Joey Feek, of Country Duo Joey + Rory, Dead at 40

Joey Martin Feek, who championed traditional country music with husband Rory Lee Feek, was diagnosed with cancer in 2014<p>Joey Martin Feek, of the …

Drug Addiction

Spirit Medicine

I have always known for as long as I can remember that there was a presence around me. It existed at that time as such an integral part of my …

Spirituality

Five Unconventional Ways to Trigger the Heart Chakra

The Riddler<p>8:30:00 AM Personal Empowerment, Spirit of Life<p>The heart chakra is the central chakra, right smack in the middle of the phenomenal …

In The Aftermath Of Suicide & Depression, These 3 Filmmakers Found A Way To Change The World

When I met Tyler Atkins and Ari Blinder about this time last year, I couldn’t know then that these two actors from different sides of the globe would …

Artist Uses Calligraphy Brushes to Create Breathtaking Watercolor Paintings of Birds

San Francisco-born artist Karl Martens creates beautiful paintings of birds using materials not often paired together – Japanese and Chinese calligraphy brushes with watercolor. What's most fascinating is that he paints all of his works by memory, without reference to any guide. What you'll notice …

Birds

Necessary Healing

<i>True maturation on the spiritual path requires that we discover the depth of our wounds. As Achaan Chah put it, “If you haven’t cried a number of</i> …

Spirituality

Here's How 10 People Visualize Their Depression

"Depression feels like a two-sided world."<p>For me depression used to feel like a two-sided world. A world with a light side full of sunlight, flowers, grass, and a bright blue sky. And a dark side with barren, cracked land, dark gloomy skies, thick air that was hard to breathe in, and nothingness. I …

Top 5 Hidden Causes of Depression

Last year, I was seeing four different doctors: a psychiatrist for my mood disorder; an endocrinologist for my pituitary tumor and thyroid issues; a …

The use and abuse of 'benzos'

<i>The early 1960s saw a dramatic increase in the use of benzodiazepines, better known as minor tranquilisers or sleeping pills. We've since learned how</i> …

Drug Addiction

Green Berets Blasted for Attacking Child Rapist

When a pair of elite U.S. troops found out an Afghan police officer was keeping a boy in sexual slavery, they let the Afghan have it. Now they’re the …

Man Jailed For Unpaid Traffic Ticket Suffers 'Excruciating' Death In Cell: Lawsuit

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player<p>The family of David Stojcevski, a 32-year-old man from Roseville, Michigan, who died in the Macomb County Jail last June after being arrested for failing to pay a $772 traffic ticket, has filed suit against the county for his wrongful …

Medicine
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4 Things You Should Never Say to Someone With an Anxiety Disorder

The experience of anxiety is a normal -- and even helpful part of life. As humans we developed the ability to feel anxious because it was evolutionarily advantageous. If a buffalo was about to attack us, we would feel a surge of anxiety and our bodies would go into "fight or flight" mode. If we …

Is Our Universe a Fake?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television and multimedia program that features the world's</i> …

Richard Dawkins’ moralizing atheism: Science, self-righteousness and militant belief — and disbelief

I agree with Dawkins more often than I do with the church. So why do I find Dawkins the more annoying?<p>I have chosen to dally on this graveyard pathway by St Stephen’s Church on my way to the Chapelfield shopping centre, where I have business at the Apple Store. I reckon it is a good place to …

Religion