The background information for the book Center, the second book of the Crater Series. The page is under construction.

Routs of this book: SamaraUfaYekaterinburgOmskKyzylKrasnoyarskIrkutskBodayboPerevoz

A four-part referendum was held in Russia on 25 April 1993. Voters were asked questions on confidence in President Boris Yeltsin, support for the government’s socio-economic policies and early elections for both the presidency and parliament.
Q1. Do you have confidence in the President of the Russian Federation, B. N. Yeltsin? For 59.9%.
Q2. Do you support the economic and social policy that has been conducted since 1992 by the President and Government of the Russian Federation? For 54.3%
Q3. Should there be early elections for the President of the Russian Federation? Against 51.2%
Q4. Should there be early elections for the People’s Deputies of the Russian Federation? For 69.1%

See here the latest photos of the Patomskiy crater from different vantage points, some are taken on the crater with close details.

Hierarchy of needs

Hierarchy of needs. Image source

The concept of peak experience was originally developed by Abraham Maslow in 1964, who describes peak experiences as “rare, exciting, oceanic, deeply moving, exhilarating, elevating experiences that generate an advanced form of perceiving reality, and are even mystic and magical in their effect upon the experimenter.”

Maslow believed that self-actualizing people have many such peak experiences. In other words, these “peak experiences” or states of flow are the reflections of the realization of one’s human potential and represent the height of personality development.

He also believed the origin, core and essence of every known “high religion” was “the private, lonely, personal illumination, revelation, or ecstasy of some acutely sensitive prophet or seer”.

See here painting by Paul Gauguin titled “Are You Jealous?”

Buryat shaman Valentin Khagdaev on Olkhon Island

Buryat shaman Valentin Khagdaev on Olkhon Island. Source

Shamanism is a practice that involves reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world. The word “shaman” probably originates from the Tungusic Evenki language of North Asia.

An altered state of consciousness is any mental state induced by physiological, psychological, or pharmacological maneuvers or agents, which deviates from the normal waking state of consciousness. They can also be associated with artistic creativity or different focus levels and can be shared interpersonally.

Shamans treat ailments by mending the soul. Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness. The shamans also obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community. They may visit other worlds/dimensions to bring guidance to misguided souls and to ameliorate illnesses of the human soul.

Stolby Nature Sanctuary (in English, “The Pillars”) is a strict ecological reserve located 10 km south of the city of Krasnoyarsk, on the northwestern spurs of the Eastern Sayan Mountains. The site is known for its dramatic complexes of rocks; 3.5% of the reserve is open to hikers seeking to visit and climb the rocks. Over 200,000 visitors per year are recorded. The park’s area is 47,219 hectares. Stolby has been nominated to be on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Second Pillar

Second Pillar

Pillar Grandad

Pillar Grandad

Pillar Feathers

Pillar Feathers

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