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The Mysterious World of Synchronicity

Do you often see 11:11? 12:34? 3:33? Or any other synchronistic patterns?

Do you ever have strange coincidences that defy logic, and often lead to magical unfoldings?

In this article we’ll explore the strange world of synchronicity.

What brought you here? Why in this very moment when you could be anywhere doing anything, is it that you have found yourself on this blog? Chances are that you saw the image and it made sense to you! Do you see 11:11? Does it boggle your mind and at times create weird and wonderful confusion? Are you struggling to make sense of its meaning? Don’t worry, I totally understand, and I hope this article can be of some comfort…

This article is not going to be just about numerology, that is only a small part of the mysterious world of synchronicity. I am going to try and bring some kind of meaning to something that is hard to understand at a purely logical view point, and something that I have to admit I do not fully understand. But it is my belief that synchronicity does not work on that kind of level. I know it is significant, I know that following it can bring great things, but it is not something that can be fully understood by the mind.

What is Synchronicity?

Synchronicity is a sequence of events that coincide with each other, and have significant meaning related to each other. These events would appear on the surface to be just chance, but are in no way a coincidence.

An example would be: You want to pursue your dream job and you are trying to make an excuse not to do so and for every excuse you make a solution seems to fall in your lap. Or you attend an event you would usually avoid because every time you switch on the TV, radio or speak with someone it’s all you hear about. Then as a result of attending that event you meet someone significant, like a partner, a business associate or a future friend.

One extreme example from my own life was when I was thinking about giving up on my passion of writing and sharing information about spirituality and growth due to the financial strain it was causing. I had gone online looked up some jobs and was ready to quit, that night I went to bed and said, “If you are going to give me a sign, now is the right time”. The next day I received a cheque from a family member that fixed that problem.

Synchronicities differ from coincidence, a coincidence could be you sneezing and at the same time a firework going off. It may be a little weird that it happens, but in most cases there would be no significant meaning.

Types of Synchronicity

Predictive: This is where you see, think or do something that links to an outcome. The classic example is thinking of someone and them calling you.

Guiding: This is where all signs guide you to a specific outcome. This could be you thinking of giving up on your music career because of a lack of work and just as you are about to do so, you get a phone call from someone trying to book you for work.

Reflective: This is where you are forced to reflect due to a synchronistic event. An example would be if you decided to cancel your gym membership and then as you go to do it an email hits your inbox about the benefits of exercise, making you reflect on if you have made the right decision or not.

Testing: This is where synchronicity tests you ego. An example would be if you had a food addiction and absolutely loved fried chicken, when thinking about this addiction a fried chicken advert comes on the TV. Testing your ability to fight the temptation. Be strong, don’t do it!!!

Synchronicities are Always Happening

One thing I have noticed is that there have always been synchronicities in my life, maybe not quite in the quantity that they are happening now, but they have always been there. Your job is to follow the synchronistic events. The magical thing is, the more you follow them the more they happen.

Don’t go searching for something that is not there, but learn to recognise when something is in front of you. If the perfect relationship seems to fall from the sky at the perfect moment and you decide not to pursue it, you are seeing the synchronicities, but not following them.

When you start to live out these synchronistic events you will start getting the little cosmic nudges, like 11:11 or in my case 33, I see this number everywhere and it was only on a doing a little research I realised the spiritual significance of it.

 

Synchronicity in Your Life

Think back to every significant event in your life, I am sure it is full of synchronicity and it is usually the bigger the life event the more synchronicities coincide with it.

A while back I had been trying to get in front of a bigger audience. These events led towards me being able to work at Truth Theory:

Synchronicity number 1: I had a list of around 30 blogs I wanted to write for, out of that list I sent my article: 6 Ideas For An Educational Revolution to Truth Theory.

Synchronicity number 2: The owner of Truth Theory was working on an educational website so he was drawn to the article.

Synchronicity number 3: Out of anywhere in the world he could have lived, he lived just 5 minutes from my house.

Synchronicity number 4: We decided to meet up and it turned out we were pretty much on the same wavelength and that he needed someone to write for Truth Theory.

If anyone one of these events didn’t happen, I would not be here writing this article. But they all did and now I am here.

What Is The Point of Synchronicity?

Synchronicity serves many purposes; it can serve as a reminder that you are on the right path, it can be for guidance, sometimes it is to test you, sometimes it will lead you to form significant relationships and other times it is just for you to stop and be present!

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Detox Water 101

There’s a lot of hype about the supposed health benefits of “detox water.”

Yes, staying hydrated is important for health. Therefore, it’s often recommended that you drink eight glasses of water per day. However, some people think adding extra ingredients to water boosts its health benefits. The result, called detox water, is said to help your body get rid of toxins, improve your energy levels and help you lose weight.

Here is a detailed look at detox water. It separates the true health benefits from the myths.

What is Detox Water?

Detox water is water that has been infused with the flavors of fresh fruits, vegetables or herbs. It’s sometimes referred to as fruit-infused water or fruit-flavored water.

You can make detox water at home in lots of different ways, using any combination of fruits, vegetables and herbs that you like.

Because it’s made by infusing flavor, rather than juicing or blending, detox water contains very few calories. That makes it a popular drink for detox regimens like the “lemon detox” or “master cleanse.”

Detox water is also often recommended in weight loss plans, especially in place of high-sugar drinks like sugary soda and fruit juice.

Bottom Line: Detox water is made by infusing water with fruits, vegetables or herbs. You can make your own at home using a variety of flavors.

How to Make Detox Water

Four Jars of Fruit Infused Detox Water

Making detox water at home is very simple. All you need is water and a selection of fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Simply chop up your ingredients and add them to hot or cold water, depending on your preference. The more of an ingredient you use, the stronger the flavor will become.

If you’re making a cold drink, you can leave the detox water in the fridge for 1–12 hours to allow the flavors to infuse more deeply. Be sure to remove the ingredients after this time though, so they don’t begin to decompose.

If you’re in a hurry, crushing or bruising your fruit and herbs before using them can help release the flavors more quickly.

Here are some popular detox water recipe combinations:

Bottom Line: To make detox water, add fruits, vegetables and herbs to water and then let it stand. Crushing or bruising fruits and herbs can help release more of their flavors.

Health Claims About Detox Water

Apple and Cinnamon Detox Water

Detox water is said to have many health benefits, including:

  • Weight loss.
  • Toxin removal or detox.
  • Balancing the pH of the body.
  • Better digestive health.
  • Boosting immune function.
  • Improving mood.
  • Increasing energy levels.
  • Improving complexion.

The exact properties of detox water will vary depending on the ingredients you use and the strength of the infusion.

However, many of the health claims for detox water can be attributed to the water itself, rather than the ingredients it’s flavored with.

That’s because you don’t get that many nutrients from the ingredients in detox water, especially not compared to eating them in their whole form.

Bottom Line: Detox water has been claimed to help remove toxins, help with weight loss, balance your pH and boost your immune system.

Real Health Benefits

Below is a detailed look at the science behind detox water’s health claims. A few are valid, even if they are a little exaggerated in some instances.

Helps With Weight Loss

Drinking water may help you lose weight, and this applies to detox water too. Water has been shown to temporarily raise your metabolic rate, so you burn more calories.

Studies have shown that drinking 17 oz (half a liter) of water can increase your metabolic rate by up to 30% for about an hour (1, 2).

In fact, people who drink the recommended amount of water as part of a weight loss program tend to lose more weight than those who don’t (3, 4, 5, 6).

One study found that overweight adults who drank 17 oz (half a liter) of water before their meals lost 40% more weight than those who didn’t (7).

This can be partially explained by a rise in metabolism, but may also be due to the effect water has on your appetite. Drinking water has been linked to reduced hunger, so if you drink water before a meal, you may eat less (8, 9).

Improves Digestive Health

Man Holding Three Jars of Detox Water

Hydration is important for digestive health and maintaining regular bowel movements. Chronic dehydration can cause constipation, which can make you feel bloated and sluggish (10, 11, 12, 13, 14).

Drinking plenty of water may help food pass smoothly through your gut and prevent you from becoming constipated.

Improves Mood and Energy Levels

Even mild dehydration can affect mood, concentration and energy levels.

Studies have shown that dehydration levels of around 1% can significantly decrease mood, reduce concentration span and cause headaches (15, 16, 17, 18).

One study looked at adults who consumed less than 41 oz (1.2 liters) of water per day. When they increased their water intake to 85 oz (2.5 liters) per day, they were happier, had more energy and felt calmer (19).

If you aren’t drinking enough, increasing your water intake could improve your mood and give you more energy.

Boosts Immune Function

This is one claim about detox water that may be a little exaggerated.

It’s true that eating fruits and vegetables and even fruit juices can help support your immune system (20, 21).

In particular, vitamin C has been shown to benefit your immune system when consumed on a regular basis (22, 23, 24, 25).

However, the amount of these nutrients that you would get from an infusion like detox water is likely to be minimal and highly variable.

Although it is theoretically possible, it’s unlikely detox water has any meaningful effect on immune function.

Bottom Line: Drinking detox water could help you lose weight, have better digestive health and make you happier. However, you will get all of these benefits from drinking regular water too.

Myths About Detox Water

Berry Detox Water

There are also many myths surrounding detox water.

Some of these are not supported by science, but others have been downright shown to be false.

Myth 1: It Detoxifies Your Body

Detoxification is a popular claim for many diets, cleanses and nutrition products like detox water.

Detox products often claim to facilitate health and well-being by eliminating toxins from the body and aiding in weight loss.

However, both “toxins” and “detox” are vague terms that don’t really define what is eliminated or how it happens.

Your body has well-designed detox pathways that eliminate toxins from the body. There is currently no evidence that any product or diet speeds them up or makes them more efficient (26).

More details: Detox Diets 101: Do These “Cleanses” Really Work?

Myth 2: It Balances Your pH

“Alkalizing” foods and drinks are a popular dietary trend at the moment.

They are said to promote a more alkaline environment in the body. According to the acid-alkaline theory of disease, this will promote better health.

However, this theory isn’t supported by science, since it is impossible to alter the pH of your blood or cells through the foods you eat (27).

Myth 3: It Improves Your Complexion

As with many other detox products, some people claim that detox water flushes toxins from your skin and improves its appearance.

However, there is little evidence to back up these claims.

Drinking water will improve your skin’s hydration if you’re dehydrated. However, it won’t change the appearance of your skin unless the dehydration is severe (28, 29).

There is no evidence that detox water is more effective than plain water for this.

Bottom Line: Detox water won’t help you flush toxins from your body or make it more alkaline. There is also no evidence that it improves complexion.

Take Home Message

The idea that you can speed up and improve your body’s detox pathways by drinking detox water is nonsense.

That said, it is still a healthy drink with a few health benefits. Nevertheless, you could probably get most of these benefits from drinking regular water.

However, people often find plain water boring.

If infusing your water with fruits and vegetables means that you drink more water and less sugary drinks, then it can only be a good thing.

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Capitalism Has Hit a Crossroads

This is morbidly fascinating.

Without us even knowing it, we’ve stumbled across one of the most critical moments we’ve ever reached with regards to our economic ideologies. For decades, the unbridled, free market bent of capitalist thought has dominated society, with the capitalist ethos themselves being the key to the “good life” in the words of John Maynard Keynes. But while it remains the key to ensuring economic prosperity for as great a number of people as possible, its critics have been slowly growing, and people are slowly becoming aware of the gradual damage it’s doing to our societal values. The old Keynesian notion of the good life really doesn’t stand up when we take into account that the Western world is now gradually becoming unhappier and unhappier. The pursuit for material goods and relativist, superficial wealth has resulted in the average person becoming far more preoccupied with their money than ever before, and hence unhappier. Really, though, who can blame them? When laissez-faire capitalism, which in itself rewards the accumulation of capital above all else, has changed all our lives in some way, we’ve no choice but to conform. And that, in itself, is the problem. That is why capitalism needs to change. 

Being regular citizens, there isn’t much we can do as central bank governors and heads of government and state pursue policies that lead to the furthering of the monopoly that capitalism (in its current state) has on all of our lives. As purported by many left wing thinkers, the endless search for the most “efficient” outcome and not the one that is fair per se has led to the dramatic oversimplification and overlooking of many of the issues that plague and will continue to plague humanity in coming generations. Let’s look at Donald Trump, arguably one of the greatest beneficiaries today of the capitalist system. He’s a billionaire that claims that a loan of “a million dollars” from his father was a “small” amount, and given his wealth, for him, it probably is. Notwithstanding the fact that Trump may not have been intellectually superior to others in order to accrue the massive amounts of wealth that he has accrued, he has asserted that “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” When someone’s materialistic ideals have corrupted him to the extent that he disregards reputable scientific knowledge, it’s only rational to question what exactly has gone wrong. Given Trump’s substantial popularity in America, serious questions have to be raised about what capitalism has done to today’s generation: is this type of life the one we really want to live?

It’s certainly not the one the poor can sustain for much longer. Recent data has shown that income inequality is rising at unprecedented levels, with the gap between the rich and the poor only continuing to widen, particularly in Western democracies such as that of the US and the UK, two global stalwarts of today’s capitalism. Even more worrying is the fact that up and coming powers such as India are gradually becoming more and more influenced by the Western perception of an ideologically perfect society; they are leaning more and more towards the sort of system that’s ramifications will take us decades to clear up. Lower levels of income for the poorest in society also manifest themselves in other deficiencies further down the line, such as a lack of quality education and a lack of good healthcare. This domino effect culminates with the poor not being able to reach their full productive capacity, leaving a country’s output waning and their productivity slowing, which can only be corrosive to further economic and social progress. While laissez faire capitalism can be a good beginning for any nation, it most definitely should not be treated as a means to an end; the Western world is already seeing the initial consequences of this broken system: the top 1% of Americans earn more than 20% of the country’s national income.

The final and most damning indictment of capitalism today lies in the people themselves. Newspapers such as the Telegraph have suggested that relative wealth, whereby people have large amounts of money in comparison to their relatively poorer colleagues, makes people happier than absolute wealth, whereby they have enough money to fill their stomachs and live a relatively untroubled lifestyle. On the surface, this doesn’t seem so bad: encouraging competition and therefore boosting a country’s productivity. However, it’s also important to note that for every person that is “happy” at having relative wealth, there are large numbers of people who look up to that person and feel frustrated and disillusioned at not having acquired the material and superficial wealth that their more financially successful colleague has. Indubitably, this further leads on to a decrease in productivity as more and more people stop working as hard due to the sheer futility of it all, which is exactly what has been occurring in America. Productivity has decreased for many of the past few quarters, with it again reducing, according to the Wall Street Journal, in the first quarter of 2016. Again, these figures lend more credence to the claim that the problem with the capitalist system today is not only a social one, where people are unhappier and unhealthier, but also an environmental and an overarchingly economic one.

Thanks, capitalism, but no thanks: you’ve helped us get this far and so we applaud you. However, you’ve corrupted our people, beaten our economies and damaged our environment – it’s time for you to change.

Shrey Srivastava, 15

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