The Quartz Crystal
Though some may consider crystals to be lifeless, their extraordinary powers lie in their ability to heal, raise consciousness and shift frequencies. Quartz crystals have long been used by various ancient traditions and metaphysical practices as sacred and spiritual healing tools. Many are unaware that the properties of the human body resemble that of crystals. As we are composed of silicone and water, our structure is considered to be of crystalline form, which makes us highly receptive to the energetic powers of crystals.
Aside from their ability to act as a conductor of energy, crystals can intensify our feelings, thoughts, and vibrations. Quartz crystals are thus used as intermediaries, helping to transpose energy and enabling us to connect with higher realms of consciousness. As living forms, similar to humans, crystals also have their own unique karmic lessons to fulfill and experience, which is why it is said that crystals have a way of finding their owners.
Michael Caine photographed by Patrick Moran, 1966.
Le Soleil vu à travers une longueur d’onde particulière de l’infrarouge, la photo a été transformée en noir et blanc puis inversée. À cela on lui ajoute un fond rempli d’étoiles, aussi en inversé et le résultat donne quelque chose d’inédit.
The Great Wall | Guy Laramee
Enceladus vents water into space from its south polar region. The moon is lit by the Sun on the left, and backlit by the vast reflecting surface of its parent planet to the right. Icy crystals from these plumes are likely the source of Saturn’s nebulous E ring, within which Enceladus orbits. (photo:NASA / JPL-Caltech/Michael Benson/Kinetikon Pictures)
Multimedia artist Michael Benson begins with filtered, black-and-white imagery sent back by space probes at the edge of existence. He ends with colorful, high-definition visions of a universe in motion.
See more images and watch the video here.
Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland.
Bullet in a Bible
A soldier during the Civil War had his life saved by the Bible in his pocket. He wrote to President Lincoln about it, and the President sent him a replacement with the Presidential signature.
Dr. Brian Cox: There’s a beautiful shot where for the only time in the film, you see a picture of Icarus on the shield, there, absolutely beautiful. You might wonder why the spacecraft was called Icarus actually, it might sound- if you know about the myth, a bit of a silly thing to call it, but actually if you think about the Icarus myth, it’s about Daedalus, Icarus’s father, building him some wings to escape from Crete, and he tells Icarus exactly how to use them. He says “look, these wings, will get you out of Crete, they’ll get the job done, but if you fly too close to the sun, then the wax in the wings will melt, and you will die.” So, you could read the Icarus myth as being a comment on science, and hubris, and the way that humans use technology. What science does is it delivers this technology to you, it doesn’t give you the wisdom to use it properly, but if Icarus had listened to his father, had listened to the scientist, then the wings would have done the job. So in a way, I think that Icarus is a great thing to call the spaceship, because it reminds the crew, that they really should do the job and not get too carried away and not get to hypnotized, by the sun in both cases, in the myth and in the film.