Here is the key difference between what happens to psychiatric patients and what happens to people with physical illnesses. With my rheumatologist and with my lung doctor, I am a full partner in my own treatment and recovery. I am consulted, listened to, and given the information I need to make informed choices.

Psychiatric patients, on the other hand, are usually assumed not to know what is best for us, and to need supervision and control. We are often assumed to be talking in code; only so-called ‘experts’ can figure out what we really mean. A patient who refuses psychiatric drugs may have very good reasons…But professionals often assume that we are expressing a symbolic rebellion of some sort when we try to give a straightforward explanation of what we want, and what we don’t want. In the slogan of the women’s movement: ‘What part of no don’t you understand?’
Judi Chamberlin, Confessions of a Noncompliant Patient (via madvocate)









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The Dogon Tribe, Nommos and Sirius B


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In Mali, West Africa, lives a tribe of people called the Dogon. The Dogon are believed to be of Egyptian decent and their astronomical lore goes back thousands of years to 3200 BC. According to their traditions, the star Sirius has a companion star which is invisible to the human eye. This companion star has a 50 year elliptical orbit around the visible Sirius and is extremely heavy. It also rotates on its axis.

This legend might be of little interest to anybody but the two French anthropologists, Marcel Griaule and Germain Dieterlen, who recorded it from four Dogon priests in the 1930’s. Of little interest except that it is exactly true. How did a people who lacked any kind of astronomical devices know so much about an invisible star? The star, which scientists call Sirius B, wasn’t even photographed until it was done by a large telescope in 1970.

The Dogon stories explain that also. According to their oral traditions, a race people from the Sirius system called the Nommos visited Earth thousands of years ago. The Nommos were ugly, amphibious beings that resembled mermen and mermaids. They also appear in Babylonian, Accadian, and Sumerian myths. The Egyptian Goddess Isis, who is sometimes depicted as a mermaid, is also linked with the star Sirius.

The Nommos, according to the Dogon legend, lived on a planet that orbits another star in the Sirius system. They landed on Earth in an “ark” that made a spinning decent to the ground with great noise and wind. It was the Nommos that gave the Dogon the knowledge about Sirius B.

The legend goes on to say the Nommos also furnished the Dogon’s with some interesting information about our own solar system: That the planet Jupiter has four major moons, that Saturn has rings and that the planets orbit the sun. These were all facts discovered by Westerners only after Galileo invented the telescope.

The story of the Dogon and their legend was first brought to popular attention by Robert K.G. Temple in a book published in 1977 called The Sirius Mystery. Science writer Ian Ridpath and astronomer Carl Sagan made a reply to Temple’s book, suggesting that this modern knowledge about Sirius must have come from Westerners who discussed astronomy with the Dogon priests. The priests then included this new information into the older traditions. This, in turn, mislead the anthropologists.

This is a possibility considering Sirius B’s existence was suspected as early as 1844 and seen was through a telescope in 1862. It doesn’t seem to explain a 400-year old Dogon artifact that apparently depicts the Sirius configuration nor the ceremonies held by the Dogon since the 13th century to celebrate the cycle of Sirius A and B. It also doesn’t explain how the Dogons knew about the super-density of Sirius B, a fact only discovered a few years before the anthropologists recorded the Dogon stories.

It is also important to remember that although many parts of the Dogon legends seem to ring true, other portions are clearly mistaken. One of the Dogon’s beliefs is that Sirius B occupied the place where our Sun is now. Physics clearly prohibits this. Also, if the Dogon believe that Sirius B orbits Sirius A every 50 years, why do they hold their celebrations every 60 years?

Sirius A is the brightest star in our sky and can easily be seen in the winter months in the northern hemisphere. Look for the constellation Orion. Orion’s belt are the three bright stars in a row. Follow an imaginary line through the three stars to Sirius which is just above the horizon. It is bluish in color.

Sirius is only 8.6 light years from Earth. Astronomer W.Bessel was the first to suspect that Sirius had an invisible companion when he observed that the path of the star wobbled. In the 1920’s it was determined that Sirius B, the companion of Sirius, was a “white dwarf” star. The pull of its gravity caused Sirius’s wavy movement.

White dwarfs are small, dense stars that burn dimly. Sirius B is, in fact, smaller than the planet Earth. One teaspoon of Sirius B is so dense that it weighs 5 tons.

So did alien fish-men pay a visit to ancient Earth and give the Dogon their knowledge? Or was the Dogon’s culture contaminated by western visitors? Or could the Dogon’s have had ancient technical or non-technical means to find this information out? Or is the whole thing just a matter of coincidence?

The question maybe settled as larger and more powerful telescopes take a look at the Sirius system. According to the legend there is a third star: Sirius C, and it is around Sirius C that the home planet of the Nommos orbits. Most scientists do not consider any part of the Sirius system a prime candidate for life, though.

When Temple first issued his book in the 1970’s there was no solid evidence of a Sirius C. In 1995, however, two French researchers, Daniel Benest and J.L. Duvent, authored an article in the prestigious journal Astronomy and Astrophysics with the title Is Sirius a Triple Star? and suggested (based on observations of motions in the Sirius system) there is a small third star there. They thought the star was probably of a type known as a “red dwarf” and only had about .05 the mass of Sirius B.

So has the home star of the Nommos been discovered? Or is this just another strange coincidence?


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yo if you feel the need to go backpacking in india because you think that somehow people in india are more “spiritually pure” or “they live a simpler life” you’re racist, not smart, and also incredibly inept spiritually. If you can’t find spirituality in your own country or your own town for that matter you should probably just stay away from spirituality because whatever you latch onto is going to be ridiculously shallow.

Dis hab for be 1 a most dumbest posts I ever readed in Tumblr, exspecially ‘cause a dat last sentence. :? Who is you is for tells other peoples dey spirituals needs is wrong? You calls DEM racists, when you own post is bigoted ting! Travels helps a lot peoples be more spirituals, and some even NEEDS it. It don’ makes dem racists or stupids!

Most Muslim’s NOT coulda getted all dey spirituals needs filled in dey own town/country ‘cause travels to Mecca is 1 PILLAR a dey believes! So good job for be Islamophobics!

Neverminded dat it not is jus’ is Muslims dat getted helped by travels. Getted some sense a communities is important for a lot peoples spirtuals needs, and for peoples dat hab believes dat not is popular where dey lives, den travels coulda helps dem wit’ dat.

And for peoples dat’s jus’ getted started on dey path it coulda be good for seed where dey gods 1st comed in dis earth. A lot peoples hab prolems for connected wit’ spirits world ‘cause we is teached for lives in solid grounds. So for sees dose solid grounds where dey gods or even jus’ prophets ACTUAL WALKED, where dey believes getted borned, makes dey spirituals connections more deeper.

Neverminded dat even outside a Islam it coulda been dat peoples was telled for travels by gods or spirits dat dey is connected wit. If a god tells dey follower for travels den it not is no 1 else’s place for shames dem for dat!

And a lot peoples needs quiet for tinks on dey spirituals needs. Jus’ ‘cause you getted spoiled enough for lives in place dat gives you dat don’ means dat all peoples is! Dere’s some towns dat jus’ don’ hab dat!

And last, some peoples literal getted persecuted for practices dey religions in dey town/country.

We all seed dose Atheists posts dat sayed dat anyone dat believes different den dey does is mental ill. We all seed dose Westboro posts dat sayed dat anyone dat believes different den dey does is gonna burns in hell forevers. YOU POST NOT IS NO MORE BETTER DEN DOSE!

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