We humans navigate our way through life in individual bodily casings, each apparently sealed tight against external influences; our minds, feelings and thoughts are completely our own, totally unaffected and inaccessible to others outside our impenetrable physical forms.

Or are they?

As a new age concept, the Global Consciousness is old news, but science likes to find evidence over faith; intriguingly, some credible data now supports the notion that our minds are all connected via a global, and potentially universal, consciousness.
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A grain of truth is often to be found in age-old remedies, with science often proving concepts and advice that our forefathers have been using for centuries. When faced with a dilemma, how many times have we been advised to "sleep on it" in the hope that the right solution will come to us while we slumber?

It seems that science has now proved that this sage advice also has a basis in truth, according to the results of a recent study conducted by researchers at École normale supérieure in Paris.
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The most common perception regarding the purpose of our brain is the major processor for all of our thought, that this is where an individual’s "mind" resides, along with their essence of self and identity. Certainly, brain damage can affect our cognitive abilities, substantiating the purely scientific stance that we are no more than biological entities without souls, but is that the full story?

A recent study that claims to be able to "switch off" brain activity suggests that the brain is ultimately controllable via external and internal sources, like a computer operating system.
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Over the past few decades, the world has been overwhelmed by a so-called "new-age" movement that has focused on greater personal and spiritual awareness, mindfulness and the power of positive thinking.

Related books, CDs, DVDs and seminars on the subject abound as people are tempted by the prospect of manifesting riches, good health and the ideal lover but the trend also has its critics, as the concept that we create our own individual experiences based on our thoughts is not always a popular one.Many people find it difficult to accept that they could be responsible for the negative events – or positive – that occur in their lives, preferring instead to feel that such events are "fated" or governed by a higher power.
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