Entries by Jim Zigarelli

The Brain After 40

Gathered evidence suggests that in the fifth decade of life (that is, after a person turns 40), the brain starts to undergo a radical “rewiring” that results in diverse networks becoming more integrated and connected over the ensuing decades, with accompanying effects on cognition.”   Read More

On the evolutionary worlds, will creatures traverse three general developmental stages of being: From the arrival of the Adjuster to comparative full growth, about twenty years of age on Urantia, the Monitors are sometimes designated Thought Changers. From this time to the attainment of the age of discretion, about forty years, the Mystery Monitors are called Thought Adjusters. From the attainment of discretion [40 years] to deliverance from the flesh, they are often referred to as Thought Controllers. Is there a connection? Certainly this is an interesting coincidence. Read More.

Gratitude – The Ultimate Spiritual Practice

According to an article in Forbes, gratitude is the act of feeling and communicating appreciation for the people, circumstances and material possessions in our lives. Scientifically, the positive effects of gratitude have been proven for a variety of purposes. For example, in his book The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time, Alex Korb, PhD, talks about how gratitude boosts the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin and the hormone oxytocin, all associated with wellbeing and having a positive outlook on life. Read More

 

Chances of Living on the Moon Just Got Better

According to a report on NPR, parts of the moon have stable temperatures fit for humans. The moon has pits and caves where temperatures stay at roughly 63 degrees Fahrenheit, making human habitation a possibility, according to new research from planetary scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles. Although much of the moon’s surface fluctuates from temperatures as high as 260 degrees during the day to as low as 280 degrees below zero at night, researchers say these stable spots could transform the future of lunar exploration and long-term habitation. Read More

The Urantia Book says, “Not all planets are suited to harbor mortal life. Small ones having a high rate of axial revolution are wholly unsuited for life habitats. Many of these enormous spheres have satellites, sometimes a half dozen or more, and these moons are often in size very near that of Urantia, so that they are almost ideal for habitation.” Read More

Praying for the Dead at Halloween

Halloween had its primary origin in an ancient Celtic festival to remember the dead called “Samhain.” When the Celts converted to Christianity, they changed the pagan celebration into a Christian holy day called ‘All-hallows’, which translates to ‘All Saints’. This eventually became Halloween.

During this time of dressing in costume and festivals, the memory of those who have died often leads to prayer as we remember those we love and our hopes for the afterlife. It is never a bad idea to pray for our departed loved ones…if nothing else, prayers for the dead keep our loved ones alive in our memory and our heart. Prayer is always a good idea. Read More 

The Urantia Book offers no sense of “doom” associated with death and the sleeping survivors. It says: “The passing of time is of no moment to sleeping mortals; they are wholly unconscious and oblivious to the length of their rest. On reassembly of personality at the end of an age, those who have slept five thousand years will react no differently than those who have rested five days. Aside from this time delay these survivors pass on through the ascension regime identically with those who avoid the longer or shorter sleep of death.”

Astronomers Detect Radio Signal In Far Away Galaxy

According to CBS News, astronomers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and universities in Canada and the U.S. say they have detected a radio signal from a far-away galaxy that is flashing repetitively. Could these signals come from vast galaxies of universes in the outer space levels?  Read More.

The Urantia Book says, “You have been instructed to a certain extent about the organization and personnel of the central universe, the superuniverses, and the local universes; you have been told something about the character and origin of some of the various personalities who now rule these far-flung creations. You have also been informed that there are in process of organization vast galaxies of universes far out beyond the periphery of the grand universe, in the first outer space level. Read More

Where Does the “Human” Part of “Human Evolution” Begin?

In other words, how far back in time must we go for our ancestors to not be human and be, instead, an ape walking on two legs? What’s needed to qualify as “human”? Read More.  

The Urantia Book explains what is needed to qualify as human: “Intelligence, and the evolution of a ‘mind of will dignity’.” This requisite was demonstrated in the first two true human beings: the ten year-old twins, Andon and Fonta.

Read about the first Human Beings
And about the Evolution of the Human Mind

First James Webb Images of Mars 

The newest image provides a unique perspective with its infrared sensitivity on Mars, complementing data being collected by orbiters, rovers, and other telescopes, NASA stated in its blog.

Webb got its first look at @NASAMars! The close-up shown above reveals surface features such as Huygens Crater, dark volcanic Syrtis Major, and Hellas Basin, while the “heat map” on the right shows light being given off by Mars as it loses heat.”  Read More

The most popular questions about Webb, targeted for general interest can be found HERE and by Watching this video

Can Science Prove the Existence of God?

In all the Universe, there’s one question that has been an overwhelming source of wonder, possibility, and fear for humanity: where did all this come from? Despite all that we’ve learned about the Universe, there remain unanswered, and possibly unanswerable, questions. Could “God” be the answer?  Read More

The Urantia Book says: “The God-knowing soul dares to say, “I know,” even when this knowledge of God is questioned by the unbeliever who denies such certitude because it is not wholly supported by intellectual logic. To every such doubter the believer only replies, “How do you know that I do not know?”  Read More

Proof of Jesus Discovered

There have actually been a number of important archeological and scientific findings that irrefutably suggest that Jesus, the Son of God, did walk the Earth and that he was divine. Here are 7 findings collected by beliefnet.com. Read More 

The Untold Story of Jesus is a book with stunning images, detailed maps of his travels and covers the entire life of Jesus as told only in The Urantia Book. Buy the Book Here

Spirituality Linked to Better Health

A study by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health is the most rigorous and
comprehensive analysis to date of scientific literature on health and spirituality.
Overlooking spirituality in health care leaves patients feeling disconnected from the health care system and from the clinicians caring for them. Asking about a patient & spirituality should be part of patient-centered, value-sensitive care, new research suggests. Focusing on spirituality in health care means caring for the whole person, not just their disease. Read More

The Urantia Book says: “Spirituality enhances the ability to discover beauty in things, recognize truth in meanings, and discover goodness in values. Spiritual development is determined by capacity therefore and is directly proportional to the elimination of the selfish qualities of love.”  Read More