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Meeting your twin flame is an extraordinary experience. Not just because they’re your own soul’s literal other half, but because you’ve met them before in another existence, and you’ll meet them again when your current existence is over. Needless to say, when you meet your twin flame, you’re going to know it because you won’t have experienced anything like it; it’ll feel like meeting someone new, and yet like you’re reconnecting with the most important person to you in the world.

If you’ve already met your twin flame, these three experiences won’t shock you, but if you’re still on the lookout, here’s what you can expect.

1. You Finally Feel Complete

When you meet your twin flame, you aren’t just meeting your soul mate. There are billions of people on this planet, and chances are that there are number of people you can be ideally matched with. Only one of those people is your twin flame, however, and you know who it is when you feel it.

Everyone wants to feel complete, like the search for love is over, and that’s exactly what you’ll experience with your twin flame. This doesn’t mean you couldn’t have fallen in love with someone else, it just means that your energetic soul is satisfied with the connection you’ve made. That part of your spirit is constantly on the lookout for its other half, which means it gets to stop looking when you find that one person.

2. Your Relationship Becomes Your life

This can turn a lot of people in your life against you, but you won’t really care. When you find your twin flame, your priority list goes through a very permanent change, and your twin flame is at the top. Not only do you care more about this person than you do anyone else in your life, but the relationship you’re in means just as much.

You may find that balancing other aspects of your life with your new relationship is extremely difficult. Work becomes a chore, even if you have your dream job, and other relationships will suffer. Even though you feel like you have an entirely new existence, you’re still living in the real world, which can be a difficult realization to make.

3. You Experience Everything On a Different Level

Every aspect of your relationship with your twin flame is different than you’ve ever experienced before. Sex, emotion, health, romance, intimacy, anything; it all feels completely different to you than it did before. This is because you have another half to your own, which essentially means that for the first time in your current life, you’re complete.

This is going to make everything different, not just your experiences within your relationship. You’re going to start experiencing the world through an entirely different perspective, as if you were a new person. This can be a positive, or a negative depending on how people perceive your relationship from the outside, but you’ll perceive it as overwhelmingly positive.

When two people fall in love, the beginning can seem almost like a guessing game. They’re constantly thinking about how vulnerable to be, what emotions to show, which ones to hide, and just how much insight to provide the other person into how they’re feeling. The beginning of a serious relationship can be fun for these reasons, but it can also be a little confusing.

However, people generally tend to show the same signs when they start to really fall for someone. If you’re observant, these signs will tell you whether or not the person you’ve started dating feels as seriously as you do about the relationship. Check out these six signs to see where you stack up with your significant other.

1. They Make Plans for Two

When a person gets serious about a relationship, they no longer make plans for just themselves, they make them for two. If you’re in a relationship and can’t tell if your significant other is serious, see how he or she sets their schedule. If you’re involved without having to assert yourself, chances are things are getting pretty serious.

2. They Act Like Themselves

One way to tell if someone really cares about you is by observing how they act. When you’re comfortable with someone, you aren’t afraid to be your normal, silly self.

This can be a major indicator into the seriousness of a relationship; the more comfortable your partner is around you, the more serious the relationship is getting. If it’s hard to see your partner’s true self, it may be time to move on.

3. They Take the Time

If your partner takes a while to get ready, if they care about how they look when you go out, or they work really hard to create a memorable evening, it’s a good sign they are falling for you.

Taking the time, even for the smaller aspects of dating life, can show a lot about how someone feels. If your partner doesn’t spend time on themselves for your sake, chances are they don’t feel very serious about the relationship.

4. They Tell You How They Feel

At the beginning of a relationship, it can be hard to tell someone how you truly feel. However, if your partner decides to open up and express their feelings, it doesn’t take a relationship guru to see that things are heating up. Opening up to someone isn’t easy, so when it happens in your relationship, this is a major sign that your partner is falling for you.

5. Other People Get Set Aside

One easy way to tell your partner is falling for you is by how they treat other people in their lives. The beginning of a relationship can be intoxicating, and you may find yourself only wanting to spend time with the person you’re dating. If you notice that your partner is setting plans aside just to spend time with you, you can rest assured that they are getting serious.

6. You Quirks Are Endearing

When it comes to your friendships, your quirks can be used against you. Even your own family will make fun of them, and you, mercilessly. However, you know it’s getting serious with your significant other if he or she finds them endearing.

Your partner will understand that these little things about you actually make you who you are, and that’s a big deal.

The Standing Rock Indian Reservation has garnered support and attention over the last few months, as it rightfully should. Thousands of Native Americans and other supporters traveled in order to lend a hand during the peaceful protests, which endured freezing temperatures and oppressive backlash. Fortunately, these protests were successful, and they resulted in the Army Corps of Engineers denying a permit that would allow Energy Transfer Partners, the company in charge of the pipeline, permission to build.

This was a major victory for the Native Americans who live on the Standing Rock Reservation, and shows the power that peaceful solutions can have the face of injustice. It also provides a little more insight into the way of life that Native Americans hold dear. Their values have been cherished for generations, and they can help us all, native or not. Here are four Lakota Sioux laws that can and will change your life.

1. Respect

A central teaching for the Lakota people is respect. They believe in honoring and respecting all life they see around them for what it provides. The same energy forces move through every living being on Earth, which means that all living things are important; no one thing is more important than the other.

It’s for this reason that all life demands respect. When you start to respect the life and the world around you, you start to see the beauty in things, more so than you did before.

2. Compassion

This is a value that is shared throughout a variety of peoples, not just the Lakota. We should all treat people the way we ourselves would like to be treated. By doing so, we are able to call on each other for support and helping hands.

The Lakota believe that humans all come from the same source, again, we all consist of the same energy, so it’s important to help and care for one another. This was essential during the Standing Rock protests; people empathizing and coming together for the greater good.

3. Generosity

Giving is important, and it’s a major part of life for the Lakota Sioux. Unfortunately, it’s something the world has seemed to lose sight of, especially in this current age. Instead of asking yourself how doing something will benefit you personally, ask how it will benefit others.

Balance is important, but it can never be achieved if we constantly take. By taking only what we need while giving to others, we keep our lives and the planet in balance.

4. Wisdom

Wisdom and knowledge are things that the Lakota people cherish greatly. They place importance on the past and the lessons that can be derived from people who have been around much longer. Their ancestors are never far from their minds, and it’s because they still have a part to play in the energy utilized by all living things. If you listen carefully, you can still hear their words and their teachings in your daily life. Observe the world that exists around you, be patient, and be willing to learn.

Wisdom is invaluable, and it’s something you can use the rest of your life on Earth.

Love is tricky. Whenever we find ourselves in a serious relationship, we want to know for sure if it’s the real thing, or if we’re just trying to convince ourselves it’s the real thing. Sometimes it’s more obvious than others, and sometimes it’s a complete mystery. Not only can it be hard to tell if you’re in love, it can also be hard to tell what kind of love you feel. As humans, we will experience a variety of loves for a variety of people; you can love your best friend, but that’s obviously going to be different than the love you feel for a significant other.

There is a belief that we only fall in love with three people throughout our lives, and each person plays a very specific role. Check out these three types of love all humans experience at some point in their lives, and see if you can relate.

1. The Fairy Tale Love

The fairy tale love you experience is exactly what it sounds like. This is the type of love you see in the movies, television shows, and literally in fairy tales. It’s the love we all aspired to have, and it’s the love we all mistakenly thought it would be easy to find.

If you’ve experienced this type of love before, you know that it shows you how hard it is to pretend to be something you aren’t, or have something you don’t. Essentially, this is the love you had that looked perfect on paper, and it matched up with what you saw on the big screen, but you weren’t actually into it.

2. The Misconception Love

This is the type of love you found when you least expected it. It catches you off guard and completely demolishes any preconceived notions you had about love, relationships, or the people you can ultimately be with. Unlike the fairy tale love, this love looks terrible on paper, which doesn’t make sense to you at all.

This love also happened easily for something so unexpected, and you had no say in it at all. The connection you feel to the other person is incredibly difficult to explain, but all you know is that this person truly understands you and loves you for who you are.

The acceptance this person has for you shakes you, and it can make you feel uneasy at times, but you know it’s the real deal.

3. The Toxic Love

This is the hardest relationship you’ll ever go through, and for good reason. This type of love tends to teach people more about themselves than they would like to know, and it can be incredibly transformative. Manipulation, drama, and lies are the toxic love’s core, and they keep you hooked to the other person much longer than you should be.

Although you know the relationship is bad for you both, you stay in it looking for the next great experience. You might find some, but they will be lost in a sea of terrible experiences that you won’t soon forget. The key to identifying this type of love is that trying to make things work will be more important than whether or not it should.

Of course, we all have a chronological age.  It’s the number of years that have passed since we were born.  But, we also have an emotional age.  Your emotional age is determined by how emotionally mature you are.  And, it turns out, our emotions have an influence not only on how we see the world and life in general, but how we see colors.

You’ve all heard the saying, “I feel blue.” meaning the person is feeling down or depressed.  “Everything is rosy.” meaning things are great.  You “see red” when you’re angry.  People equate happiness with the color yellow, serenity with lavender and nature with the color green.

Our emotional maturity can also have an influence on how vividly we can see colors.  In other words, you might see the color yellow as bright while I might see the exact same shade of yellow as more muted.  I’m not talking about someone being color blind, either.  That’s a whole different thing.  What I mean is that the hues and saturation of a color is perceived differently by different people depending on their emotional age.

Interesting, isn’t it?  The quiz below will analyze how you perceive colors, with your answers determining your emotional age.  So, take the quiz and let us know what you think in the comments!

Our personality is made up of our qualities and characteristics.  Our personality develops over time and is heavily influenced by the environment we grew up in.  Even though you may act differently in different situations and around different people, your true personality is a constant.  It’s who you inherently are as a human being.

Even though we are all different, unique people, our personality falls into one of four categories:  Introvert, Socializer, Intellectual and Thinker.  Introverts enjoy solitude more than social activities.

Socializers are active, outgoing people who love attention and praise.  Intellectuals are inventive and perceptive.  They’re curious and question everything.  And Thinkers quiet, reserved, well-organized people who like to figure out what makes things tick.

According to research, the words you choose to use are also determined by your personality type.  Some psychologists believe that they can tell what your personality type is solely by analyzing your speech and words.  So, it makes sense that someone could determine the words you use the most by determining your personality type.

So, take the quiz below and let us know in the comments how accurate your results are!

Negative, harmful energy can find its way into our homes.  Whatever the reason for it entering, it’s important to perform some regular rituals to rid our homes of it.  Regularly removing negative energy from your living space will help restore balance and harmony. You should repeat the following 4 cleansing rituals if someone is sick, a lot of people have entered your home, you moved into a new home, you feel negative emotions, or negative occurrences keep arising.

1. Burn sage, frankincense, and copal

Burning sage is one of the oldest and fastest ways to remove negative energy from your home. To perform a sage cleansing, open your front door and the windows in the house. Starting from the back of the space, light the sage, let it burn a moment, then blow the flame out.

Proceed to walk around the room covering as much of it as you can. Using a feather or feather fan, waft the sage smoke into the corners of the room up to the ceiling. Make sure to go into every room as you move from the back of the house to the front. When you’ve reached the front, walk out the door and sage around the door and frame. Leave the sage outside to allow it to burn off.  Then light some frankincense resin or copal incense and perform the walk again.

Doing this will ward the negative energy off on a deeper level.

2. Salt the corners, windows and entrances of your home

Pour sea salt into the four corners of your rooms and let it sit for 48 hours. This will absorb the negative energy of previous owners, if you are just moving in, or the negative energy of people who are sick or arguing. After the 48 hours, either vacuum or sweep the salt and throw it away. For extra protection, grind up saffron and mix it in with the salt. In Tibetan tradition, evil energies do not like the smell of saffron, so they won’t enter a space if saffron has been used.

Then, clean the doors and windows of your home thoroughly using a mixture of the juice of 5 lemons, a cup of salt and a 1/4 cup of white vinegar added to a bucket of water (the mixture is strong, so use gloves).  Once the surfaces are dry, pour sea salt on the window sills and on the floor by the door to prevent the negative energies from re-entering your home.

3. Use protection crystals

Black tourmaline absorbs negative energy from people and spaces.  To use it, place a piece in each corner of a room. Doing this builds a protective shield to prevent negative energy from entering your space.  It also absorbs electromagnetic energy, so keeping it near your Internet router, television, computer, and other devices protects you from their harmful energy, also.

Black tourmaline eases anxiety and depression, so holding it in your hands can pull the negative energy from your own body out.

4. Add sound

Think about all of those scary, haunted houses you see in horror movies.  They’re usually empty, dark and quiet.  A quiet space attracts negative energy, which is why sound is such a powerful cleansing method.  Walk around your home ringing a bell, chimes or using a singing bowl to prevent negativity from residing in your space.

For those of you who watch the news and get depressed by the overwhelmingly negative stories that you see on a daily basis, don’t be discouraged, the world is actually becoming a more peaceful place.

Thanks to modern technology, we are able to capture the acts of violence that then get perpetuated and spread throughout the various forms of media, especially social media platforms all over the Internet. It’s not hard to conclude that the world is getting increasingly more dangerous after seeing how much is out there. However, violence and dangerous stories will always be the topics new sources focus on because it’s what sells. Don’t be fooled, media sources want to make money like any other business, and they’ll show what they have to.

In fact, there is statistical evidence that actually shows the world is getting more peaceful, not more violent. Take a look at the image below; the amount of deaths around the world due to war have been decreasing for some time, with only a few spikes since the mid 1940s.

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In his 2011 book titled “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker states that the decrease in violence is one of the most significant and underappreciated developments in the history of humanity. Not only does he address the decrease in deaths due to war around the world, but he also discusses the decrease in death due to other forms of violence like murder, capital punishment, torture, and domestic violence.

The image below shows that in regards to violent war, it’s happening in fewer places and becoming more isolated to certain areas, contrary to what the media will tell you.

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Recent examples of peace include wars in Iran, Peru, Chad, Angola, Sri Lanka, and Lebanon ending, which is a positive and continuing trend not to be ignored. Although it may not be the most stable, there still remains a cease fire in Ukraine, which is responsible for the spike in war deaths over the last few years.

The Afghanistan government signed a peace deal with Hezb-i-Islami this past September, which marks the first peace deal signed by the Afghanistan government since war with the Taliban erupted in 2001.

In October, thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women marched together in the March of Hope for two weeks. The march ended in front of the Israeli Prime Minister’s home in Jerusalem, and it was done in an attempt to begin peaceful discussions between the two nations once more.

Only a few short weeks ago, the United Nations passed a resolution in which 123 nations voted for a ban on destructive nuclear weapons. Only 38 voted against the resolution, but it’s clear that most want to move away from a future that involves nuclear warfare.

Even in the last few days we’ve seen what things like peaceful protests can achieve. Although the Water Protectors were treated violently, they stayed true to their values of non-violent protests and have achieved nothing short of a major victory in regards to the construction of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline.

There are examples of peace all over the world, and thankfully this trend is continuing. Before you get bogged down by the violence you see on the news or all over the Internet, remember that it’s what sells; it’s what media sources are going to show you in order to increase viewership or clicks.

Don’t be afraid or lose hope in humanity. Most of us want what’s right.

One of the biggest issues that we face as a globe is waste. In an age where waste and energy alternatives are the driving force behind a great deal of recent innovation, solutions to our garbage problems have never been more essential. Most techniques we have for getting rid of waste are inefficient, and they cause more harm than good. The world needs a solution that not only diminishes the amount of waste we produce, but one that also turns what waste we have into something useful.

When it comes to recycling and getting rid of waste efficiently, Sweden is the leader of the pack. Currently, the Swedish population recycles around 1.5 billion bottles and cans annually, which is an incredible amount relative to their population size, which is about 9.6 million as of 2013. However, it’s not just their ability to recycle bottles and cans that’s worth attention; it’s what they do with their trash.

Sweden has transformed its waste-infrastructure program in order to replace the harmful standard of letting trash sit around in landfills. Now, instead of utilizing a system that is high in pollutant production, they’ve modernized to create incredible amounts of energy that have a low waste output. They can even turn a lot of that polluting gas into biofuel for modern modes of transportation.

Using 32 waste-to-energy plants, Sweden has been able to limit the amount of trash that reaches landfills to less than one percent, which is simply astounding. They’ve been able to convert so much trash into much-needed energy that they actually have to import trash from neighboring countries like the UK, Italy, Norway, and Ireland.

Waste Management Communications Director Anna-Carin Gripwell explains why burning trash is better than letting it sit around.

“When waste sits in landfills, leaking methane gas and other greenhouse gasses, it is obviously not good for the environment.”

“We fell that we have a responsibility to act responsibly in this area and try to reduce our ecological footprint,” explains Swedish Finance and Consumption Minister, Per Blound, “The consumers are really showing that they want to make a difference and what we’re trying to do from the government’s side is to help them act, making it easier to behave in a sustainable way.”

This is a technique that can be utilized all over the world, and it’s something the Earth desperately needs us to do. The United States alone produces a great deal of waste, and most of it just sits in landfills across the country. We know that sitting waste can be extremely harmful for the environment, yet we have failed to come up with a better solution to our waste problems.

By adopting Sweden’s waste management program, not only will reduce the amount of waste that we produce, but we can use what waste we do produce as a means to power our everyday lives.

As of today, there doesn’t seem to be a system that comes anywhere near the benefits that Sweden’s system provides. If we want to continue to make strides toward a brighter, cleaner future, we need to come up with creative solutions to problems like waste production.

With that in mind, let’s all follow Sweden’s lead.

Picture supplied by Melvin Nicholson (Geoff Robinson Photography) 07976 880732.

This ghostly rainbow, known as a “fogbow” is caused when water droplets hang in fog.  They’re not as colorful as rainbows because the droplets are smaller than raindrops, which mutes the colors, making it appear ghostly.  Sometimes a reddish tint can be seen along the edges of them, however.

On a beautiful, snowy Sunday in the Scottish highlands, photographer Melvin Nicholson experienced a rare, beautiful sight.  Luckily, he had his camera with him and captured this incredible image:

Picture supplied by Melvin Nicholson (Geoff Robinson Photography) 07976 880732. A photographer has taken a picture of a beautiful WHITE rainbow in the Scottish mountains. Melvin Nicholson captured a stunning photo of a rare FOG BOW on Rannoch Moor whilst out walking on Sunday November 20th. A fog bow is a colourless rainbow made up of tiny water droplets that cause fog. Due to the small size of the water droplets it has very weak colours, with a red outer edge and bluish inner edge. Melvin said: "I have never seen a fog bow before and understand that it is very rare. "It was an amazing thing to witness and can generally only be seen if the sun is behind you when you are looking at it. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Rare WHITE rainbow photo

In describing the photo, Melvin said, “It’s an amazing thing to witness and can generally only be seen if the sun is behind you when you are looking at it.”  He went on to say,  “Freshly fallen snow set the scene all around. It was just beyond magical and one of those days that you’ll remember for a long time to come.”

Fogbows are much more rare than rainbows and are also known as “cloud bows,” when seen from an airplane, and “sea dogs,” when seen through ocean mist.  Fogbows can also be seen at night as light from the moon dances off the fog droplets.  Now, that would be an amazing sight!

If you want to see more breathtaking photos like these, visit Nicholson’s website, www.melvinnicholson.co.uk.