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Alternative States of Consciousness in Shamanism, Imaginal Psychotherapies, Hypnotherapy, and Meditation Including a Shamanism and Meditation Inspired Personal and Professional Training Program for the 21st Century Psychotherapist

A Cognitive, Intrapsychic, Experiential, and Transpersonal Research Project and Program

Shamanism, hypnosis, imaginal psychotherapies, and meditation are based on the use of what we in the modern western world think of as non-ordinary human consciousness. These four modalities have fundamental similarities and differences in purpose, theory, technique, type of alternative consciousness, and their application of non-ordinary reality. Shamanism, the oldest and most intertwined with the cultures in which it is practiced, will be explored as a model for individual healing and transformation and professional training. The shamanic way will also be explored as a model of consciousness and a world-view that offers individuals, groups, and society much needed coping mechanisms, healing techniques, and transformative values that may be helpful in dealing with this trying and important transition time for humanity. Imaginal therapies, meditation and hypnosis all have their roots in shamanism, although in some parts of the world at certain times in history, shamanism borrowed from meditation in its adaptation and development.

Third, the OSC places such a high value on linear thinking and scientific proof
that there is the risk of narrowing our sense of identity to the point where we
believe that we are only the sum total of our logical thoughts, rational abilities,
and ...

A Machine Translation Approach to Cross Language Text Retrieval

Cross Language Text Retrieval (CLTR) has been defined as the retrieval of documents in a language different from that of the original query. To make this possible some kind of mechanism has to be applied in order to translate the information contained in the source sentence. Many different approaches have been carried out with the purpose of transferring the information from the source language query to the target language one. Though all these methods deal with a way of translating as much information as possible from the source query, little research has been conducted in relation to the field of Machine Translation (MT). The purpose of this research work is to determine the feasibility of using MT techniques for CLTR. Specifically, I will describe how a MT system has been adapted without much effort to translate Spanish queries of a specific domain, i.e. Finance and Economics, into English in order to retrieve documents related to that field. The results of this process will then be compared with the results obtained from the retrieval of the original English queries. Thus, I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using MT for CLTR.

This second part of the project proved essential for deciding the benefits that a
more complex linguistic based method can add to CLTR. For this part of the
project, I worked with TRECQ1-10. First of all, it is important to mention the fact
that the IR system was not helpful for the experimentation involved here. SIRE is
designed to deal with words individually, and thus a comparison between the
retrieval of the original TREC queries using strings of individual words as
opposed to other ...

The Mind at Hand

What Drawing Reveals : Stories of Exploration, Discovery and Design

The Mind at Hand explores how artists, scientists, writers, and others - students and professionals alike - see their world, record it, revise it and come to know it. It is about the rough-drawn sketch, diagram, chart, or other graphic representation, and the focus these provide for creative work that follows from them. Such work could involve solving a problem, composing a musical score, proposing a hypothesis, creating a painting, and many other imaginative and inventive tasks. The book is for for visual learners of all kinds, for scientists as well as artists, and for anyone who keeps a journal, notebook, or lab book in order to think and create visually. It is also a book for teachers and educational administrators interested in learning about new active learning strategies involving drawing, and possible outcomes of these in classrooms. The formulas and symbols of chemistry, the diagrams and features of the landscape in geology, and the organisms and structures in biology, are all represented as images on pages or screens. Students create them when studying, problem-solving, and learning. Once in front of their eyes, they can be reconsidered, revised, and reconstructed into new images for further consideration and revision. It is how artists often create a painting or a sculpture, and how scientists come up with new hypotheses. This is how learning occurs, not only across disciplines, but in all kinds of creative endeavors, through a continuing process of creation, revision, and re-creation. It is drawing-to-learn.

GEORGE WALD CHAPTER EIGHT Drawing To Learn About Atoms And
Molecules Drawings, Maps, and Symbols As recounted in Chapter Two, I began
to think about drawings and their relationship to the objects they represent when
using ...

Sharia Law and the Arab Oil Bust

PetroCurse Or Cost of Being Muslim?

The delayed development of the Islamic world, in defiance of the formulaic approaches long favored by economists, suggests that the traditional Sharia and Islamic values and principles are at least partially responsible for the region s persistent backwardness. By analyzing the impact of the legal regime of the Sharia on Saudi Arabia during the Arab Oil Bust of the 1980s, this thesis concludes that Islamic social values and the Sharia s de facto role as an uncodified pre-emptive Arab common law implemented with high regard to precedent by ulama with extraordinary power of judicial review had the effect of accentuating the effects of the Oil Bust, making the theory of the Petrocurse a subset of a larger Cost of Being Muslim. On the other hand, the author concludes that not only is the Sharia not constrained by its nature to playing a deleterious economic role, but that it has broad commercial application, both domestically and internationally, and a new generation of more flexible Muslim economists, lawyers, and financial theorists have pointed the way toward a possible comprehensive modern adaptation of Islamic laws and principles.

Westerners observed that the 1976 agreement was not actually signed by Saudi
Arabia until 1990, and that fourteen years of production and marketing of $700
billion in business occurred “in limbo.”261 However, as seen above, there is no ...

Thinking Translation: Perspectives from Within and Without

Conference Proceedings, Third UEA Postgraduate Translation Symposium

This book is a collection of selected articles based on talks given by established academics and translators, as well as younger researchers, at the third postgraduate symposium organized by the School of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, UK. The objective of the third postgraduate translation symposium at the University of East Anglia was to explore the current relevance of theory to the practice of translation. This volume builds on the key ideas and discussion that arose from the symposium, bringing together, amongst others, the current debates concerning the complex relationship between theory and practice in the field of translation studies, taking into consideration a wide range of perspectives, both modern and traditional. A broad cross-section of research exploring the present relevance of translation theory to practice is presented by many of the individual contributors to this volume. These papers provide both current theoretical insights into the relevance of theory to translation and also, in some examples, offer first-hand experiences of applying appropriate strategies and methods to the practice and description of translation.

Maria Cristina Consiglio Introduction Translating a multilingual novel is a real
challenge to the translator. The presence of dialects, sociolects, idiolects, slangs,
or jargons, alongside the standard language, presents a series of questions to be

Acting in On-Camera Commercials

Student Workbook and Instruction Guide

Performing on TV commercials is bread and butter for actors. It not only helps them pay the rent while striving for recognition, frequently it enables them to break into film, television and theater. Plus, acting in commercials can be a rewarding and lucrative career in itself. This comprehensive workbook provides step-by-step training, along with commercial copy and other materials available on the publisher's website. Acting in On-Camera Commercials covers every aspect of the field of performing inTV commercials. It is a reference book that will serve the actor throughout all the years of his or her career. PRAISE FOR THE PREVIOUS EDITION "The book is filled with useful information obviously mined from years of experience and success in the field by the authors. The exercises, demonstration copy and practical advice mesh easily with the assignments in my syllabus. This is an excellent resource that will help my students understand the requisite professional standards and develop the many skills necessary to compete in this complex business." Stephen Neal, Instructor, Department of Theatre, Florida International University "I have just completed teaching a very successful course on Acting in Commercials, thanks to Ruthe Geier-Price and Michael Geier's innovative course, as presented in their new book, Acting in On-Camera Commercials. The students loved the very practical presentation of the material, the clever copy provided, and the visuals, as available in the photo illustrations. The reviews presented at the ends of the chapters left no question as to the importance of the salient points. To make his or her mistakes in a non-threatening environment, he or she avoids much of the trial by fire when they enter the actual audition experience." Barbara Lowery, Professor, Performing Arts Department, Miami-Dade College

Comparative Analysis and Benchmarking

Corporate Strategy Analysis of Four International Pharmaceutical Companies

This research of corporate strategy analysis implements comparative analysis and benchmarking to analyse and examine the corporate strategy of the pharmaceutical sectors of 4 international pharmaceutical companies. This research adopts the hybrid approach of combining qualitative and quantitative methods in a two stages research design. Quantitative method is applied first to deal with the comparative figures, and then qualitative method is used to find out the problem. The design of this multiple research includes three phases: data collection, analysis, and reporting. The findings of this research can be divided into 4 parts: R&D/marketing, technology alliances, strategic acquisitions and merger, and manufacturing. The drug innovative projects are recommended being developed within the company's familiar therapeutic areas in order to take its marketing advantage. Through this comparative analysis, some of this type of problems of these international pharmaceutical companies is identified. A big pharmaceutical company forming alliances with some small biotechnology companies has become a trend within pharmaceutical industry since 1980s. For pharmaceutical companies, to take advantage of R&D through biotechnology is the main purpose of alliances with small biotechnology companies. It is important to note that most pharmaceutical acquisitions belong to the type of absorption with high resource transferring and low autonomy. Due to the high profit margin and the essential importance of R&D and marketing, the operation management of manufacturing of pharmaceutical industry is relatively poor. The low asset utilisation rate pointed out this problem. Academic researches have revealed that existing theories of operation management of manufacturing, such as action research, set-up reduction, teamwork, continuous improvement, collaboration, and involvement, are applicable and beneficial to pharmaceutical industry rather than waiting for the technology breakthroughs.

Corporate Strategy Analysis of Four International Pharmaceutical Companies
Hung-hsin Chen ... applied in analysing the corporate strategy mostly in public
service industries, in financial and accounting industry, and in insurance industry.

Developments in Islamic Banking Practice

The Experience of Bangladesh

Developments in Islamic Banking Practice: The Experience of Bangladesh examines global developments in the Islamic banking practice, and provides an in-depth analysis of the theory and practice of Islamic banking in Bangladesh, the third-largest Muslim country in the world, with over 150 million Muslims. This book is the first of its kind to examine Islamic banking principles and practices in Bangladesh on such a broad scale. Learners, teachers, researchers, and those practically involved in the burgeoning financial industry will derive value from this book. Readers from all disciplines will become familiarized with the key differences between the principles and practices of two distinct banking systems: the interest-free Islamic banking and the interest-based conventional banking. With the inclusion of citations from authentic references, a well-defined methodology of research, relevant data, tables and figures, coupled with the extensive field work and experience of the author in this sector, this book will serve as a reliable resource to understanding Islamic banking and finance as they function in the general world of finance, and in particular, Bangladesh.

AB Bank Arab Bangladesh Bank AIBL Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited ANZ
Australia and New Zeeland (Grindlays) BB Bangladesh Bank BDT Bangladeshi
Taka BIBM Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management BMI Bank Melli Iran BOD
Board of ...

The Impact of an Anti-Bullying Program on the Prevalence of Bullying in Junior and Senior High School

Scope of Study:This dissertation examines the impact of an anti-bullying program on the prevalence of bullying in junior and senior high school. Three research questions were posed: Will an anti-bullying program reduce the prevalence of bullying in Junior (Grades 7-9) and Senior High (Grades 10-12) school? Will the program be more effective at the Junior or Senior High school level? Are there gender issues related to the effectiveness of the program (i.e., do males or females benefit more from the implementation of the program)? Findings and Conclusions: Data collected and analyzed to address the above questions suggest that the anti-bullying program was ineffective in reducing the prevalence of bullying at the junior and senior high school level. The treatment group at St. Bernard's School did not show any statistically significant changes when compared to the control group at Jacques Fontaine School. When grade was analyzed in the treatment group as a factor on the impact of the program, in all but one of the questions examined, there was little in the way of statistical significance to report. In the one question where significance was observed, students at the grade 10-12 level reported a lower level of bullying than their grade 7-9 counterparts. In addition, when gender was examined in the treatment group as a factor on the impact of the anti-bullying program, no statistical significance was observed. Thus, it would appear the anti-bullying program chosen for this study was ineffective in reducing the prevalence of bullying in junior and senior high school students.

Scope of Study:This dissertation examines the impact of an anti-bullying program on the prevalence of bullying in junior and senior high school.

Discerning Life with Dreams: The Triadic Relationships Between Dreams, Discernment, and Spiritual Intelligence

This study explored the relationship between dreams, discernment, and spiritual intelligence. It focused on the experience of people who use dreams to help them with spiritual discernment or decision-making in a spiritual context. A case study methodology included questionnaires, personal dream records, and interviews to understand the seven participants experiences of exploring their dreams for guidance. Participants were self-selected by answering an ad seeking people whose dreams had helped them to make a decision, who journaled their dreams, and who consider themselves to be spiritual. Most participants reported being drawn to dreamwork by a significant life experience. While participants shared different perceptions as to what discernment consists of, each participant reported that dreams helped them to grow spiritually. A number of outcomes were exemplified, falling into two main grouping: a) the use of discernment in order to understand a dream (whether or not they ended up reaching a resolution or making a decision about the dream) and b) the use of dreams as part of a discernment process (whether or not the dreams helped them to resolve their discernment issue or make a decision). The intensity of emotion attached to an issue seemed, for some, to render it more difficult to arrive at particular decisions. For others, dreams seemed to ease the burden of discernment or decision-making by raising their degree of confidence towards their resolution or decision. Deepening appreciation of and growing desire for living spiritually, and learning more about spirituality were indicators of a developing spiritual intelligence. For most, spiritual growth occurred through knowledge or learning gained from their dreams. For some, their belief about God s role in their life impacted their experience of the Divine in their dreams.Finally, the study showed that individuals are not always aware of what had helped them, suggesting a subconscious process at work in both discernment and decision-making. The study affirmed a triadic link between dreams, discernment, and spiritual intelligence among people involved in spiritual dreamwork. It demonstrated ways by which the discernment process can build confidence in people who are turning to their dreams for guidance in a spiritual context.

It seemed to me that the discussion of spiritual intelligence in each participant
vignette was going to be a test of the literature on the subject. I had to figure out
how to conduct this test. I decided to use an approach very similar to my
approach ...