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THE LAWS OF ATTARCTION AND YOUR HEALTH




Use The Law of Attraction To Attract Great Health












The Law of Attraction and Your Health



Health and the Law of Attraction play an important part of our life. You can have a lot of money, a sweet lover, abundance of delicious food and loving family. However, if you don’t have a good health, you are not going to enjoy all these at all.


Imagine if you are now lying on the patient bed with all those “wires” plugged onto your body. You can have a lot of money but you can not spend the money you have earned. You can smell those delicious foods but you can not consume them. You can have a great lover but you see them worrying for you and feeling sad all the time. You can have a loving and caring family but you just not able to spend quality time with them.


So, I guess that’s pretty much enough to stress the important of health in our life. The good news is that, no condition or situation is permanent. We can change all these by applying the Law of Attraction into our life.


First of all, we need to really know what we want. Obviously, we want a good health in this case. However, that is not specific. We need to define what good health means to us is. This is a very subjective statement as good health is defined differently by different person.


For instant, you can wish for, “I want to be able to walk, run and jump without those pains again. I want to go back to my 30s where I could do all those activities easily without having back pains. My teeth are so strong and healthy that I can chew anything I want without feeling the pain. The more I eat, the healthier I become. The cholesterol just come out from my body because my body is not a suitable place for the cholesterol. I am no different than the strong young man I met in the gym in terms of health …”


After you have have defined what kind of health you really want, visualize it. Picture yourself living a healthy life. Don’t dwell in your pain. Forget about the current discomfort. Look into the future. Live your life as you have already gained the health you have always wanted.


See yourself playing with kids in the playground. Challenge some young men for a race. See yourself fighting your way to the finish line. See the sweat sprinkle away from your body, from your hair. Yes, you have reached the finish line and you’re 2 seconds before those young men. You have just beat them all. They can’t believe it. Their jaws drop in amazement.


Your whole body is sweating, you feel healthy and energetic. You feel hungry too. Your loved one hands over a towel to you with a sweet smile. You reply his/her smile and say, “Thank you”. After that, you go to one of the restaurant which serves the best food.


You ordered a chicken steak because you don’t have any problem chewing it with your strong teeth and you are so fit that you can totally ignore the cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure and all the rubbish medical terms. Those words never exist in your dictionary.


As you visualize this, feel the joy. Feel the fun. Feel the life. Live in it. If you keep on thinking of healthy happy life, that’s what you are going to attract. The universe will rearrange itself to give you the health and happiness you wish for.








The Law of Attraction and Your Weight



So how is it that the Law of Attraction can help you to lose weight? Simple – you just need to think about it! Sounds easy enough, right?


Well, it actually is just that easy, but an explanation of exactly how you are supposed to "think" will help you to understand this process better. You can then take that knowledge and use it to help you with your weight loss or fitness goals.


Earlier I said that the Law of Attraction has been working for all life since the beginning of time, which begs the question, "Then why haven’t I lost any weight yet?". In fact, that same question could be asked about pretty much any other goal that anyone has ever had. If all we have to do is think about something in order to bring it into our lives, then why aren’t we all rich, perfectly healthy, and living happily ever after?


The simple answer is that most people – without even knowing it – don’t really think about what they want. They think about the fact that they DON’T have it. Now, if you’ll go back briefly to the definition of the Law of Attraction – like attracts like – then you will see that the reason why people don’t have the things that they want is because all they ever do is think about NOT having those things.


This same concept applies to weight loss and health just as efficiently as it applies to everything else. A lot of people want to lose weight, but rather than think about how wonderful their life will be once they have lost the weight, they instead think about how miserable they are because they HAVEN’T lost the weight!


Think about it. If you need to lose weight, which of the following statements describes your thoughts/feelings when you walk in front of a mirror without any clothes on:


A) I am so sexy since I have my weight under control, and I have an unlimited amount of confidence. I can date anyone that I please and my biggest problem is deciding which little tiny piece of clothing to wear to the beach or the swimming pool.


B) I am so FAT! I can’t even stand to look at myself in the mirror, so how can I expect anyone else to want to look at me? I’ll be lucky if I don’t have to take my clothing size up another notch or two at the rate I’m going.


Now, be honest. Which one of those statements do you think comes closer to the way that people who need to lose weight think of themselves?


Once again referring back to the Law of Attraction – If you think miserable, sad, guilty, or low self-esteem powered thoughts, then the Law of Attraction will dutifully bring you more things to be miserable about. In fact, the more miserable you are about any particular subject – say, weight loss – the more powerfully you will attract more of the same since that is your primary focus.


So, the answer to utilizing the power of the Law of Attraction for weight loss is to simply stop thinking about your situation in such a negative manner! Start thinking positive thoughts, confident thoughts, and thoughts of happiness, smaller clothing sizes, and showing more skin at the beach.


When you successfully do those things, the Law of Attraction will start to move around the chess pieces that affect your life, and before you know it, you will have whatever it is that you need in order to finally get in shape.


It may come in the form of a free gym membership, a workout partner, a piece of home exercise equipment that you actually want to use, a new motivation to get involved in some sort of physical activity, or any number of other things that will put you on the path to weight loss.


Here’s the rub, though – You can’t sit around and get hung up on the details. Mike Dooley said it best in the movie ‘The Secret’ – "The How’s are the domain of the Universe!


"You don’t need to worry about HOW it is going to happen, you just have to feel the positive, confident emotions that will MAKE it happen. The Universe will then step in and show you the path!

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LAWS OF ATTRACTION


The Law of Attraction (LofA) is one the most know universal laws. There are many different views on how many governing laws that actually exist in the universe, but many agree that the The LofA is one of them. It is probably the most known law and it means: like attracts like. Several books have been written on the topic of the LofA and a search for this law on Google will get you millions of hits. In comparison a search for the "Law of Vibrations" or any other universal law isn«t even close. The LofA is by far the most known law of all the universal laws.



The LofA became almost a household name after the release of The Secret in 2006. It was widely marketing and it was picked up by the media. But now there is new movie coming out that will also explain more about the other governing laws of the universe. The movie Beyond The Secret features Emmy award-winner Les Brown, Bob Proctor, Marcia Wieder, Paul Martinelli and many other great motivational teachers, authors and visionaries on the topic of how you can get what you want in life by gaining a deeper understanding of the universe. The Secret was just the tip of the iceberg.


In this video some of the leading experts within the LofA field explain how it works.







Back in 1986 Esther and her husband Jerry Hicks came into contact with non-physical entities called Abraham. Abraham is a group of evolved teachers from "the other side" - non-physical entites and they speak through Esther. Esther and Jerry has published a lot of books, DVD, articles etc. about the information received through Esther from Abraham. This is referred to as the teaching of Abraham or the Abraham-Hicks teaching.

The law of attraction is an ancient universal law that was brought to light from Abraham through Esther Hicks.

Esther Hicks was part of the bestselling book and DVD "The Secret" when it was released by Rhonda Byrne in 2006. The book and DVD gained a lot of attention worldwide. The media picked it up and The Law of Attraction became a very well known universal law.

The people behind the movie was featured on popular talks shows like Oprah and Larry King raising the interest even higher.

According to Wikipedia "Esther Hicks was a narrator and star of the original version of the film The Secret. However, the footage featuring Hicks was removed from the later "Extended Edition" after a conflict between Hicks and the film's creator Rhonda Byrne. The conflict is reported as being primarily about intellectual property rights and money.After the film's release, the book, Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham, by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks made the New York Times Best Sellers list", drawing even more attention and interest to this topic."






So what is the Law of Attraction?



The Law of Attraction insists that all things similar in nature will naturally gravitate to one another and magnetise one another into their own field. This applies to all things in the Universe; it also applies to thought. Thought is energy and it is magnetic to those things with a similar vibration.


Like attracts like - so in a nutshell you attract what you think about and what you feel strongly about. However after the book and movie The Secret came out scientists disputed that the Law of Attraction works - they said that like does not attract like. If you take two positive magnets toward each other they will actually repel - not attract.

In order to understand this Law its important to first understand The Law of Vibration which states that everything in the universe vibrates. Everything is made up of energy and everything has its own vibrational freqency. If you want to attract something you need to be at the same vibrational frequency as what you want - The Law of Resonance states that anything that is on the same vibrational frequency makes itself known to each other. They vibrate on the same frequency. When we send out signals on a certain frequency through are thoughst and emotions the universe respond to us with anything and everything that resonates with that frequency.

Hence we should learn to resonate with what we want instead of resonating with what we are doubtful of, fearful of and so on.

When we do that our thoughts and emotions will become things.

You reap what you sow.


Thought + emotions = Attraction



One of the most successful actors in recent years is Will Smith. In this videoclip he shares with us his belief in the power we all have and that we really can make what we want. He believes that you can create whatever you want to create - which is the essence of the Law of Attraction:









In this videoclip on the Larry King show - Oprah share how she got a part in the movie The Color Purple and it was all about how she was thinking, feeling and drawing it into her life by using the Law of Attraction - by putting all her emotions behind it. She used the formula thought + emotions = attraction to get what she wanted







We have to be aware of our thoughts - so my task is to be one with my soul, my inner self and thus the Source and can only be that by knowing that every thought I think makes an impact in this universe. It is a ripple in this ocean of energy.


Definitions and Clarifications about the Law of Attraction and How it Manifests:

This law is a manifestation of the creative power of the Universe.
It is through this law that everything is created: galaxies, planets, metals, rocks and even plants, animals and people.
Like attracts like.
Thoughts attract corresponding situations and circumstances.
You get what you think about.
You attract into your life whatever you focus on.
Positive thoughts attract positive events. Negative thoughts attract negative events.
If you entertain feelings and thoughts about hardships and obstacles, then this is what you get.
If you keep thinking and expecting success, and don't allow doubts enter your mind, you will eventually achieve success.
It is not enough just to wish for something, you need strong desire and faith to manifest what you want.
In order for your thoughts to manifest, you have to repeat them often, and add feelings, desire and interest.
The mind acts like a magnet.
Similar energy attracts similar energy.
Your thoughts determine the way you live.
The law of attraction is used by everyone, though mostly unconsciously.
Filling the mind with worries and anxieties bring stress and unhappiness.
Filling the mind with happy thoughts will attract happiness into your life.



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WHAT IS KABBALAH ???




What is kabbalah?




Some say kabbalah is the user's manual for reality. Other say it is a Jewish discipline.According to Deepak Chopra - a well known Indian-American medical doctor and writer who has written many books on spirituality, kaballah shows you how to reveal the beauty of your spirit and embark on a journey of selfdiscovery and transformation









The word Kabbalah comes from the Hebrew word lekabbel, to receive. It describes the motives of actions as Òthe desire to receive.Ó Hence it seeks to define the nature of the universe and the human being.It seeks to define the nature and purpose of existence.







THE KABBALAH CENTRE - founded in Jerusalem in 1922, say this about the



Kabbalistic teachings:

It is the worlds oldest body of spiritual wisdom - it contains the long-hidden keys to the secrets of the universe as well as the keys to the mysteries of the human heart and soul. Kabbalistic teachings explain the complexities of the material and the nonmaterial universe, as well as the physical and metaphysical nature of all humanity. It shows in detail,how to navigate that vast terrain in order to remove every form of chaos, pain, and suffering.





Bnei Baruch -the largest group of Kabbalists in Israel and also a movement of many thousands of students worldwide also explain it in a similar fashion: an accurate method to investigate and define mans position in the universe. The wisdom of the Kabbalistic teachings tells us the reason why man exists, why he is born, why he lives, what the purpose of his life is, where he comes from and where he is going after he completes his life in this world.



If this is this case anyone studying these teachings would find the answers to these 4 questions man has tried to find answers to for centuries.


Who are we?
where do we come from?
Why are we here?
Where are we going?



It seems many people is doing just that.







Today, millions of people of all religions and faiths are studying it. According to the Kaballah Center there are two primary reasons for this:



1. It works - people apply the wisdom and tools in this teaching to their lives and they experience positive results.



2. It is a way of life that can enhance any religious practice. Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and Jews use the Kabbalistic teachings to improve their spiritual experience.






Every human being is a work in progress



The Kabbalistic teachings say that every human being is a work in progress. Any pain, disappointment, or chaos that exists in our lives is not because this is how life is meant to be, but only because we have not yet finished the work that brought us here.That work, quite simply, is the process of freeing ourselves from the domination of the human ego and creating an affinity with the sharing essence of God.



People who hear about The Kabbalah teachings think it is a Jewish discipline - a school of thought discussing the mystical aspect of Judaism.The word is a Jeweish word meaning "receiving" so it is understandable that one would think this. However according to the the Kaballah Center: Many scholars of Kabbalah have been non-Jewish scholars of this wisdom, such as Christian Knorr-von-Rosenroth, Pico Della and Sir Isaac Newton, just to name a few.



The startling truth is that Kabbalah was never meant for a specific sect. Rather, it was intended to be used by all humanity to unify the world.









Kabbalistic understanding of God



In Kabbalah every idea grows from the foundation of God,and the entire study is based on that central belief. The statement by Maimonides, from the Mishneh Torah is accepted by all traditional Kabbalists:

The foundation of all foundations, and the pillar of all wisdom is to know that there is God who brought into being all existence. All the beings of the heavens, and the earth, and what is between them came into existence only from the truth of God's being.

Kabbalah teaches that God is neither matter nor spirit. Rather God is the creator of both.
This question, "what is the nature of God?", prompted Kabbalists to envision two aspects of God, (a) God himself, who in the end is unknowable, and (b) the revealed aspect of God that created the universe, preserves the universe, and interacts with mankind. Kabbalists speak of the first aspect of God as Ein Sof (אין סוף); this is translated as "the infinite", "endless", or "that which has no limits". In this view, nothing can be said about this aspect of God. This aspect of God is impersonal. The second aspect of divine emanations, however, is at least partially accessible to human thought. Kabbalists believe that these two aspects are not contradictory but, through the mechanism of progressive emanation, complement one another. See Divine simplicity; Tzimtzum. The structure of these emanations have been characterized in various ways: Four "worlds" (Azilut, Yitzirah, Beriyah, and Asiyah), Sefirot, or Partzufim ("faces"). Later systems harmonize these models.
Some Kabbalistic scholars, such as Moses ben Jacob Cordovero, believe that all things are linked to God through these emanations, making us all part of one great chain of being. Others, such as Schneur Zalman of Liadi (founder of Lubavitch [Chabad] Hasidism), hold that God is all that really exists; all else is completely undifferentiated from God's perspective.
Such views can be defined as monistic panentheism. According to this philosophy, God's existence is higher than anything that this world can express, yet he includes all things of this world down to the finest detail in such a perfect unity that his creation of the world effected no change in him whatsoever. This paradox is dealt with at length in Chabad Chassidic texts
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LIFE AFTER LIFE



Life after Life


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Is there a life after death?



What actually happens when we die? Are we gone forever or do we go to a beautiful, peaceful place many call heaven or do we get reborn to go through yet another lifetime on this planet?


Is energy always flowing and do we as a result just transform to another energy form on another level regardless of religion or belief? If we are all Energy and energy never dies - then it seems logically that this energy just changes form and shape.





The Original Source that some people refer to as God was all that there was; there was nothing else. Now that presented a problem.


This Infinite Being knew itself to be all powerful and infinite, but without something to compare itself against, so to speak, there was no way of experiencing that infinity and power. It live in a realm of absolute, where comparison, and therefore experience, is impossible, for you need something to experience against for experience to occur. So It possessed Knowing, but needed Experience to complete Being.


The solution was therefore to individuate itself into seemingly separate life-forms so that each of these life forms could experience itself in relation to the others. Hence the world of relativity and experience was born out of that desire to know itself. When people say 'God is everywhere', that statement has more literal meaning than they imagine. Literally, everything is an extension of that Original Force, an expression of an aspect of It All. It creates by extending itself, ensuring that all creation is in the image and likeness of itself. And this is where the universal laws come in.



Now you see that the primary purpose of creation was for Life to experience Itself, for You to experience Yourself. If you watch the cycle of creation closely, you will notice that it follows this birth-life-death cycle: From the unified non-physical, to the individuated non-physical, to the individuated physical, to the individuated non-physical, to the unified non-physical. Through this process, a Being comes to know Itself by materializing knowingness (thought),then experiencing that thought and its effect, then testing, choosing and converting that knowing from experience into being. For example, if you have never experienced happiness and I told you that being happy feels great, you would know in your mind what I mean, conceptually, but you wouldn’t really complete that knowledge without first experiencing happiness and becoming happy.


The Creator had to ensure that this cycle completes itself automatically and serves each purpose, without ever making a mistake. In other words, the laws (meaning universal laws) were built to

(1) glue the system together through all those transitions and

(2) ensure that the knowing-experiencing-being system of evolution, growth and learning works perfectly with predictable results so that all Its Children of all forms may get to grow and Know Themselves as extensions of the Original without fail, no matter how long it took, and to do so within a system of free will.




If this cycle of creation is the real deal we are all reborn -reincarnated - to gain experience after experience on earth or somewhere else in the universe in order to develop the soul - the individuated non-physical being.


If this birth-life-death cycle exists as David Cameron says, then it would mean that our human bodies cease to exist, but the soul or energy within us never dies. It is merely transformed to a individuated non-physical being which then again joins the unified non-physical.


The unified non-physical is often being referred to as The All -The Everything - The Source - The Unified field - The universal Mind - The Universal Consciousness or God.


If everyone on Earth is here to learn more - to experience more and to develop this knowing-experiencing-being system of evolution, growth and learning why are then so many humans selfish and egocentric?


Why are we creating wars, killing people, torturing people, experiencing crimes and suffering by the millions worldwide?


why is that?


The answer might be that the ego in us has taken over. We are all born with free will. According to Michael Newton and his research we learn that we the soul enters into the human body just before birth and become a part of that human being.




When we are born, we are still very connected to great spiritual wisdom and power through our core. This connection to our core and therefore to spiritual wisdom and power gives the feeling of complete safety and wonder. During the maturation process, this connection fades. It is replaced by parental voices intended to protect us and make us safe. They speak of right and wrong, of good and bad, how to make decisions, and how to act or react in any given situation. As the connection to the core fades, our child psyche tries desperately to replace the original innate wisdom with a functioning ego. Unfortunately, the overlay or internalized parental voices can never really do the job. Instead, what is produced is a mask self.




This ego she talks about is within all of us - an ego that only wants to survive. If this ego is allowed to blend the soul and be totally "in charge" the soul will not develop.


Brennan goes on to say: The mask never succeeds in producing the internal feeling of safety for which we strive. In fact, it produces the internal feeling of an impostor because we are trying to prove we are good, and we aren’t good all the time....



From the perspective of our mask, pain and anger exist only outside the personality. We don«t take any responsibility. Anything negative that happens must be somebody else«s fault. We blame them.



So the human body contains both the ego and the soul - hence these 3 "parts" make up what is


YOU
Human body + ego + soul = YOU


In the knowing-experiencing-being system of evolution, growth and learning the soul needs to develop to get closer to the original source: The All - The Everything - The Source - The Unified field - The universal Mind - The Universal Consciousness - God


According to the book A course in Miracles the ego in us wants to stay separated from that development and do not want to be part of the source or God.


So, in order for the soul in us to develop we need to remove the ego that we all carry with us. Remove hate, remove jealousy, remove envy, and remove anger, bitterness and so on. Start to forgive as many great people and souls have done in the past - Indira Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Jesus etc. They had great soul development. They removed their ego.


In the book The Art of Happiness by Howard C Cutlers - Dalai Lama describes how we can deal with hatred and anger in order to be a better and happier person. If in a certain situation someone has made you really angry and this feeling of anger and sometimes hate comes to surface whenever you think of that episode how are we to react? How can we let go of this ego feeling of anger?


Dalai Lama say: If you look at it from a different angel that person will for sure also have positive and good sides. When we are mad at someone we tend to only associate that person with negative qualities, while in fact there is something good in us all. Dalai Lama goes on to say: When you fall in love with someone you tend to only see the positive sides of that person, but if your loved one hurt you with purpose you would suddenly realize that the person did not have only positive qualities. If your enemy - the one you hate - would sincerely ask for your forgiveness and start treating you with kindness and respect you would probably not see him as pure evil or bad.


All of us have positive and good qualities. People you dislike or feel bad about today have good qualities - we just need to look hard enough and we will find them. Hence let go of the ego and all the negative feelings associated with the ego and your soul will develop and advance on its journey back to the Source.



YOU - ego = soul development


This would mean that a human body with a soul and no ego would ensure soul development i.e.


Human body + soul = soul development


Leave out the ego to advance as a soul and become a better you.



A better YOU and ME would also serve the rest of the world and the entire universe since positive energies and thoughts would radiate out from us all the time. A better YOU and ME creates ripples and make a difference in this worldWe would be able to stop wars and crimes and suffering since people would stop their selfish behavior and hence shift their vibrational state that would benefit everyone.





Life and death


Some relgions believe we only live on this planet once and after one lifetime we will be judged and either sent to heaven or to hell based on how we acted and behaved as human beings during our lifetime. Other religions believe we reincarnate and that karma plays a vital role. If you are a bad person in this life you will suffer the consequences in the next life.




The Law of Karma


This is a universal law and it is the Law of Cause and Effect. It states that Every action or thought has an effect or consequence. The nature of that effect depends upon the nature of the cause. If the cause is "good", the effect will be "good". If the cause comes from negative thoughts or evil, the results will be equally negative or evil. We reap what we sow. It is like a boomerang. If you throw out a boomerang with negative thougts and actions it will catch up with you and make you experience similar negative actions - either in this lifetime or the next life.


Science is now showing that everything in this universe vibrates and is made up of energy but at different vibrational frequency. You, me, everything in our lives vibrates and is energy. Science is also showing that we might live in a mulitverse - not a universe. If everything is energy and if our energy does not die, but simply transform to another form what happens when our human bodies die?

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WORLD'S TOP 100 WEBSITES








UOGLE’S LIST OF TOP 100 WEB SITES



1
YAHOO
Yahoo is your Online Free Treasure Room! An outstanding search engine (especially for "official" websites), it also provides a cornucopia of free services: free email, maps, Yellow Pages, games, shopping, news, finance, sports, live chat -- the list just goes on and on and on! By far (in our opinion), Yahoo is the best site on the Web!


2
GOOGLE
We believe Google is simply the best tool on the Web for finding just about anything (except possibly "official" websites). It is screamingly fast, sleek, streamlined, and as comprehensive as a search tool can be.


3
AMAZON
Amazon is nothing less than a revolution in how the world shops. It is a huge step forward in the achievement of an ideal competitive market. It is user-friendly, vast, and reliable.


4
ABOUT
About.com breaks up the Web into major subject areas with a volunteer human host for each of them. It helps you sift out the wheat from the chaff on an enormous range of subjects.


5
BARTLEBY
Much of the greatest literature in the history of humankind will be found in full text form (and free of charge) at this amazing site. In addition, many useful reference tools are here (also free!)


6
GOOGLE GROUPS
Formerly "DejaNews", Google Groups is a glorious experiment in free speech! This oceanic database of over 800 million posted "Usenet" messages from people all over the globe constitutes the largest bulletin board in the history of the world! It's fully searchable, and you can post your own messages free of charge. (Tip: don't use your primary email address in your posts! To avoid spam, use a temporary email address.)


7
GOOGLE NEWS
A bold endeavor in online journalism, Google News provides you hundreds of news sources (typically) for each of the major stories of the day. Just find the story that interests you on the main page, and you will see something like "227 related" or "535 related" just beneath it. Click this to see the extensive range of news sources available for the story you are after! (Its database of past news is also searchable.)


8
CNN
For fast-breaking news and responsible journalism, it's hard to beat CNN. And the text content at this site is mostly free!


9
EBay
Ebay is the world's biggest, longest-running garage sale, as well as its most extensive auction house. Buy, sell, browse, bid, and be amazed at what you find at this wonderful site!


10
Download.com
If you love software treasure-hunting, Download.com is the site for you! This massive and well-rounded collection of shareware (try-before-you-buy) and freeware (totally free software) is fully searchable and sortable. And there's no wait for a package in the mail: download it NOW, install it, and take it for a test drive!


11
Craigslist.org
Craigslist.org is a daring bulletin board system directed toward the major cities in the US, Canada, the UK, and (soon) other countries. The magical distinction of Craigslist is its use of anonymous email forwarding: your email address is invisible to the public. A pointer (which expires after several days) forwards all responses to you. Visit Craigslist if you want to sell or buy something, if you want to meet new people (romantically or otherwise), if you want to look for a job, or if you want to share your ideas. Almost all of its features are totally free, except job listings for employers.


12
Reference.com
Your inner-librarian will be delighted! Here you will find (free of charge) Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Almanacs, Atlases, and an assortment of other helpful resources.


13
Wikipedia.org
One of the most remarkable online encyclopedias on the Web! All the content is free, in the public domain, and quotable. Wikipedia is maintained by an army of volunteers. Even so, its content remains of very high quality. Wikipedia is a good example of how the Web can function at is best! Be sure to visit whenever you have any question that an encyclopedia might help you answer. You might be surprised how often Wikipedia will come through for you!


14
Beliefnet.com
Beliefnet.com is an online community for people who practice spirituality in just about any tradition in the world. The emphasis here is on mutual respect and tolerance. Free inquiry and exchange of ideas is invited. Secular (non-religious) philosophies and ideas are also welcome. Also, sacred texts from the world's great religions will be found referenced at this site.


15
Anywho
Anywho is a great online phone book and people-finder sponsored by AT&T. Use the Yellow Pages for businesses, the White Pages for people, and the Reverse Lookup if all you have is a phone number.


16
Weather.com
Enter your Zip Code and see the weather predictions for the next ten days (scroll down), courtesy of The Weather Channel. It's easy and it's free!


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Search.com
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One of the world's finest newspapers, the International Herald Tribune is also one of the few online newspapers that doesn't require registration to read, free or otherwise! (Let's hope it stays that way!)


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1. Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 5002 P


Price: $1.49 million (1,06 million EUR)


The most expensive modern wristwatchA platinum Patek Philippe tourbillon watch became the most expensive modern wristwatch to be sold at auction when it fetched HK$11.75 million ($1.49 million) in Hong Kong on April 10, 2008.The "Ref. 5002 P Sky Moon Tourbillon" wristwatch with a double dial is considered the most complicated wristwatch ever produced by the renowned Swiss watchmaker.
Only two such watches are made every year, one in platinum and one in rose gold. The watch, made in 2003, was bought by an Asian private buyer at the Sotheby's auction.The previous auction record for a modern wristwatch was a Vacheron Constantin Tour de l'Ile, ranked 2nd on this list, which was sold by the auction house Antiquorum for $1.4 million in Geneva in 2005.The Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 5002 is the most complicated wristwatch ever produced by Patek Philippe and also the workshop's first double-face wristwatch. Its movement consists of 686 parts, some of which are microscopically small. This rare and exceptional timepiece features mechanical movement that must be manually wound, a minute repeater with tourbillon escapement, chime with two “cathedral“ gongs activated by a slide piece in the case, perpetual calendar with retrograde date hand, hours and minutes of mean solar time, day, month, leap year by hands and moon age. The platinum case measures 42.8 mm.



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2. Vacheron Constantin Tour de l'Ile
Price: $1.4 million (994,000 EUR)World's most complex watch ever madeOf all the wristwatches imagined and produced by Vacheron Constantin to celebrate its 250th anniversary, the Tour de l’Ile is a study in superlatives. Calling this a “Grande Complication” model is a dramatic understatement: it is, in fact, the world’s most complex watch ever made, with its original combination of 16 complications that can be read off on a double-face display. Its design-engineers have developed a calibre smoothly integrating a series of grand horological complications and astronomical indications in order to make it a genuine wristwatch that is perfectly suited to and comfortable on the wrist.It took the Vacheron Constantin design-engineers and the watchmakers over 10,000 hours of research and development to create this sheer masterpiece of horological technique, named in reference to one of the historical sites of the venerable firm, located next to the current Maison Vacheron Constantin on the Quai de l’Ile. An additional statistic provides an instant glimpse of the density of this exceptional calibre: no less than 834 parts are housed within a case measuring 47 mm in diameter.The gold case with its hand-soldered lugs, which maintains beautiful and harmonious proportions despite its substantial content, is now distinguished by a symmetrical double protuberance on either side of the bezel. This miniature horological marvel, which will go down in the history of the wristwatch and of watchmaking in general, is produced in a strictly limited edition of just 7.


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3. Hublot One Million $ Black Caviar Bang
Price: $1 million (727,000 EUR)The quintessence of “invisible visibility” in a uniform range of black tonesSwiss manufacturer of luxury watches Hublot has recently introduced one million dollar watch Black Caviar Bang. This watch's setting is very complex. The difficulty resides in the unusual lines of the Big Bang case – round but with sharp angles. The white gold, one-piece construction of the case does not reveal one grain of gold, and the diamonds, cut in mysterious ways, seem to hold together as if by magic. The only visible feature is the black and deep tones of the diamonds, shining in their harmonious alignment.This unique piece, which houses a Tourbillon, symbolises the fusion between watchmaking and jewellery, tradition and technology, glittering and invisibility. The vibration which emanates from it gives rise to an emotion tinged with fascination.Creating this exceptional watch demanded over 2000 hours of meticulous work, from design to final adjustment, without forgetting the research and development, programming of the machines, choice of tools, diamond cutting, optical checking of each part, and setting and casing.The case, in 18kt white gold, is covered with 322 black diamonds (25 carats). The crystal is an AR-coated sapphire, as is the display back. The bezel, done in 18kt white gold, is covered with 179 black diamonds (6 carats). Movement is the Hublot caliber HUB Solo T, a 1 minute Tourbillon Volant, manual-wind with special black finishing. The watch has 24 jewels, beats at 21,600 bph and has a power reserve of 120 hours. The bracelet is rubber with an 18kt white gold closure covered with 30 black diamonds (3.5 carats). The watch is manufactured in limited edition of just one piece.



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4. Louis Moinet Magistralis
Price: $868,000 (631,000 EUR)One of a kind watch with real pieces of the MoonSwiss watchmaker Louis Moinet has recently presented a watch with real pieces of the Moon! These pieces are from a lunar meteorite that was ejected from the Moon 2,000 years ago. The meteorite has been authenticated by the University of California. Moonstone is an extremely rare material that is even more expensive than gold and platinum combined.The movement of Magistralis was created a hundred years ago. Designed in the Vallée de Joux, it was made in Geneva and bears the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark. It beats at 18,000 vibrations per hour and features a (double-bladed) self-compensating balance and a flame-blued Breguet balance spring.The case is made of 5N and 3N 18-carat rose gold. Its brand-signature design stands out especially for its crown guard (patent pending) and its chronograph button guard at 12 o’clock. The perpetual calendar function displays the day, date and month over four years.Magistralis is an extraordinary watch representing the expert craftsmanship of the time-honoured art of Haute Horlogerie. It is one of a kind, unlike any other, and will never be repeated.
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5. Blancpain 1735, Grande Complication
Price: $800,000 (582,000 EUR)Six masterpieces merged in a single constructionBlancpain's expert watchmakers devised a daunting challenge: merging their six earlier masterpieces into a single construction. For no other reason than the secret pleasure of outdoing themselves. Despite countless doubts and dead ends, talent and preservance ultimately got them there. After six years, against all odds, fulfillment was at finally hand. In homage to the year of foundation of the House of Blancpain, they called the new watch 1735. Almost magical in its intricacy, its movement's original design comprises an impressive 740 parts and components.A truly inspired achievement, the Blancpain 1735's horological wizardry provides a rare and altogether convincing demonstration that, at least for the best watchmakers, impossibility is only relative.The 1735 is the fruit of a year of loving labor by a single watchmaker. With its 740 individual hand-finished components, the 1735 remains the world's most complicated automatic winding wristwatch produced in a series. The platinum case measures 42 mm, the strap is croco leather. Movement is the automatic Caliber 1735, with 950 platinum rotor and a power reserve of 80 hours.
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6. Breguet pocket watch 1907BA/12
Price: $734,000 (540,000 EUR)The most expensive pocket watchBreguet is one of the oldest and most respected names in the watchmaking industry, the company being around for more than 225 years and being credited for the invention of one of the most famous watch complication, the tourbillon.Although it's now a part of the Swatch group of companies, the Swiss watchmaker keeps coming up with all sorts of extremely special timepieces, some of them instantly becoming a collector's item, due both to their high (sometimes enormous) price tags, as well as their one-of-a-kind features.Breguet Classique "Grande Complication" pocket-watch in 18-carat yellow gold features grand strike and tourbillon, hand-engraved and hand-wound movement with 2-way rotating crown, off-centred chapter ring, centre minute hand, silvered gold dial, hand-engraved on a rose-engine and sapphire caseback.Breguet's Grand Complications pay tribute to the two-century-old equivalence between Breguet watchmaking and advanced mechanical science. Building a grand complication confronts watchmakers with a maze of technical difficulties that challenge not only their skills but also their powers of invention. Thinking and working in four dimensions, generations of Breguet watchmakers have demonstrated the summit of their art in repeaters, perpetual calendars and tourbillon watches. Breguet protects its latest developments in perpetual calendars with two patents.

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7. Audemars Piguet Grande ComplicationPrice: $526,000 (395,000 EUR)Audemars Piguet most expensive timepieceAudemars Piguet is another manufacturer of expensive Swiss watches. Tradition, excellence, daring: it is based on these three fundamental values that Manufacture Audemars Piguet perpetuates the art of Haute Horlogerie. At each stage of its history, it has proved capable of adopting the latest avant-garde technologies and of placing them in the service of hand craftsmanship, thereby creating exceptional timepieces.Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Grande Complication is a selfwinding watch that features perpetual calendar indicationg the day, the week, the moon phases, the month and the leap years.It also features minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and small seconds at 9 o'clock. 18-carat white gold case and bracelet, transparent sapphire caseback. Water-resistant to 20 metres. Limited production.

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8. Ulysse Nardin Genghis Khan
Price: $490,000 (351,000 EUR)World's first wristwatch featuring a Westminster chimeIn 2002 Ulysse Nardin proudly presented a watch beyond all considerations of practicability, a piece of art more than a mere timepiece; the Genghis Khan, world's first wristwatch featuring a Westminster chime with minute repeater, automatons and tourbillon. A dial made of massive onyx features four figures, meticulously chased from gold. The figures show Mongolian warriors, thus explaining the watch's strange name, which remembers the founder of the largest empire in humankind's history, Genghis Khan (born 1155, or 1162, or 1167; died 1227). Each time the Westminster chimes or the repeater is engaged, the figures are fighting with their characteristically curved swords or trying to catch a small ring with a spear, while riding a impressively crafted horse.The visible one minute Tourbillon is integrated into the aventurine dial. Opaque or translucent, containing crystals that were engendered by fire in molten glass, aventurine scintillates, subtyl flecked with all possible shades of red, yellow and grey. Forged by human hands, often compared to the philoshopher's stone, aventurine contains the secrets of the master jeweler's aclhemy.All this is encased in 18k gold of 42 mm diameter, and in spite of its repeater activation slider it is watertight down to 30 meters.



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9. Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Westminster
Price: $334,000 (239,000 EUR)The watch with a musical movementLess known Swiss watch manufacturer Parmigiani Fleurier has created a fairly large number of high-end, hand-made timepieces over the years. One of the extraordinary models Parmigiani has launched recently is the Toric Westminster model, designed to reproduce on a much smaller scale the movement and chime of the famous Westminster Abbey clock.Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Westminster watch is equipped with a minute repeater that strikes the hours, quarters and minutes on four gongs to the tune of the Westminster chimes.Furthermore, Toric Westminster features the GMT function with rapid correction by push-button indicates a 24-hour second time zone and the prestigious tourbillon that smoothes out position errors of the escapement.It's also quite interesting to note the fact that the design of the bridges and the finishing carried out conveys the beauty of the movement. Although the design and functions are the first to draw the customer's attention, the interior of the Toric Westminster is equally important.Toric Westminster mechanism, codenamed PF255.01, features no less than 42 jewels, has a diameter of 27 mm, works at a frequency of 21.600 vibrations per hour and offers users an overall power reserve of min 75 hours.



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10. Girard-Perregaux Opera Three
Price: $316,000 (226,000 EUR)Ultra-miniaturized music boxGirard-Perregaux is one of the few authentic Swiss watch manufactures. For over two centuries now, Girard-Perregaux has been renown for its many remarkable creations, among them the emblematic Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges. From the research and development stage right through to the final adjustments made by master watchmakers, Girard-Perregaux continues to enrich its heritage through its Haute Horlogerie collection.Opera Three model was launched way back in 2003 and it is a device that actually incorporates an ultra-miniaturized music box.This Girard-Perregaux Haute Horlogerie Opera Three watch in platinum features a 43 mm case with an elegant silver dial shown here on a black alligator strap. The Girard-Perregaux Haute Horlogerie Opera Three also features a mechanical manual wound movement with an hourstriker complication and the ability to play two separate melodies, a power reserve indicator and sub seconds. It's important to mention that the device works at a frequency of 28.800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), and provides a power reserve of minimum 50 hours.The Opera Three watch is able to sound the passing hours with a melody. The movement’s miniature carillon is composed of a keyboard with 20 blades and a drum whose surface has around 150 hand-mounted pins. A selector allows a choice between two different tunes. A lever can disconnect the sound or allow it to play upon demand. The music played can be personalized to taste. The Opera Three watch from Girard-Perregaux is yet another one of those ultra-expensive timepieces that almost break the half-a-million barrier.




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IWC Grande Complication Ref. IW927016
Price: $230,000 (165,000 EUR)One of the world's most demanding wristwatches IWC Grande Complication Ref. IW927016 consists of total of 659 mechanical parts, 71 of them jewels, twelve patents and 21 functions and displays, including a perpetual calendar for the next 500 years, together with perpetual moon phase display made of polished goldstone representing a star-stubbed night sky. Working inside the case are a chronograph and a highly complex minute repeater activated through an all-or-nothing piece slide. This wonderful invention chimes out the time in crystal-clear tones, which are activated by the slide on the left-hand side of the case. Two tiny, precision-made hammers are released and chime the time in hours, quarters and minutes on two gongs. The striking mechanism is a technical tour de force. Initially, the chimes were inaudible outside the solid platinum case, so the glass was freely suspended on a platinum membrane to enable it to amplify the vibrations produced by the gongs via the sound transmission pin. The case, too, finished in solid platinum with a fineness of 95 percent or 18 ct. rose gold, is first-class. Despite the complex design of the case, the Grande Complication is unaffected by superficial water splashes. Production limited to 20 watches per year.



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A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual
Price: $152,000 (110,000 EUR)A unique timepiece for the moment and for eternityIn the Datograph Perpetual, Lange combines two classic complications - the chronograph (for short time measurements) and the perpetual calendar - in one landmark watch that is also enriched with many of the manufactory's acclaimed new-era attributes.This masterpiece by Lange is the first wristwatch that incorporates a chronograph and a perpetual calendar. It no doubt represents the most classic combination of complications, capturing the moment, the present, and eternity. Additionally, it is endowed with all of the features that make Lange timepieces so distinctive. It owes its harmonious personality to the subtly offset symmetry of the solid-silver dial.The Datograph Perpetual can stop times of up to 30 minutes with an accuracy of one-fifth of a second.The movement is the automatic Caliber L952.1. The platinum case measures 41mm. When fully wound, the spring barrel of the Datograph Perpetual has a power reserve of 36 hours. The accuracy of the watch originates from a glucydur balance with eccentric poising weights, a Lange balance spring, and with a frequency of 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour. The watch consists of 556 individaul parts that must be assembled and adjusted to interact flawlessly in a time-consuming process.


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The Most Expensive Watches at Basel

Baselworld 2008 is over for another year. The event abounded in watches and jewellery and networking.
One of the most expensive watches on hand was the Zenith Defy Xtreme Zero G, going for about $512000. Also known as the El Primero 8800 Zero G Tourbillon, the watch comes in either black titanium or rose gold. The unique gimbal-mounted tourbillon ensures horizontal positioning of the escapement assembly, thus defying the effects of gravity … or at least compensating for some of it.

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And second place in the price race goes to the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon Two at about $492,650.

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