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Australian's/American Food Fraud: Whats on Your Plate?

Posted on 18 June, 2018 at 7:20 Comments comments (0)



Australian's/American Food Fraud: Whats on Your Plate?


The expensive “sheep’s milk” cheese in a Manhattan market was really made from cow’s milk. And a jar of “Sturgeon caviar” was, in fact, Mississippi paddlefish.

 

Salt is bad. Sugar is bad. Carbs are bad. Cholesterol is bad. Calories are bad. Fat is bad.

 

Bad also are the whole, natural foods that sustained our ancestors during an era relatively free of the modern plagues of cancer and heart disease – foods like eggs, raw milk, butter, cheese and red meat.”Food fraud” has been documented in fruit juice, olive oil, spices, vinegar, wine, spirits and maple syrup, and appears to pose a significant problem in the seafood industry.

 

Victims range from the shopper at the local supermarket to multimillion companies, including E&J Gallo and Heinz USA.So what’s “good” for us? Soy-burgers and tofu, margarine and non-dairy creamer, canola and corn oil, synthetic egg substitutes and “low-fat” dessert toppings – in fact, everything labeled “low-fat.”If you really want to get paranoid, peek into the USP Food Fraud Database.

 

It’s a searchable trove of humankind’s ceaseless efforts to swindle, hoodwink, and defraud with food, worldwide.That’s where we’ve learned that hucksters sometimes use Sudan red dye to amp up paprika, which in its natural state is often a demure reddish brown. Sudan red is a potent carcinogen, banned for use in food worldwide.

 

Eeek!Spices, milk and vegetable oils are the most common fraudulent foodstuffs, according to Markus Lipp, senior director of food standards for US Pharmacopeia.Spices, milk and vegetable oils are the most common fraudulent foodstuffs, according to Markus Lipp, senior director of food standards for US Pharmacopeia.

 

“If I go to India, I may find there is completely fake milk on the market,” Lipp said. “Milk that never saw a cow.”Something is rotten in America’s food bureaucracy. Indeed, as documented in stunningly eye-opening Whistleblower magazine, “FOOD FRAUD,” Americans have been seriously deceived about food and what constitutes a “healthy diet” for a very long time.

 

organization US Pharmacopeia makes its living by establishing industry standards for pharmaceuticals and foods. The food fraud database first launched in 2010, but a big upgrade in January added reports from scholarly journals and the media in 2011 and 2012. The list now includes about 2,000 foods. The goal is to be useful to regulators and purchasers, but since the database is free, we civilians can snoop around in it, too.

 

Price is clearly a driver of deception. Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, and efforts to fake it date back to the ancient Greeks. The USP database lists 109 phony saffron substitutes, including marigold flowers, corn silk, gypsum, chalk and strands of cotton or plastic thread.

 

Take clouding agents, for example. They’re used to give juices, jams and sports drinks an appealing cloudy appearance. Palm oil, which is cheap and food safe, is frequently used. But the database details problems with palm oil being replaced by phthalates in Taiwan. Those are chemicals used in plastic manufacturing — they’re not meant for human consumption — and there’s concern that they could interfere with human hormones.

 

That kind of substitution may not be a concern in the United States. But we do have to deal with “maple” syrup that has no relationship to a tree, and watered-down lemon juice. Juices including apple and pomegranate are particularly vulnerable to fraud, Lipp says, and can be faked entirely with water, sugar and citric acid.

 

Foods become “fraudulent” when the manufacturer isn’t up front with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration or other regulatory agencies about what’s going into its products, Dr. Markus Lipp, senior director of food standards at USP told the Daily News.

 

“In general, the U.S. food supply is very safe, because of the vigilance of the FDA, the food industry and consumers,” he said. “With the database, we try to promote informed decision making.”

 

The USP added 800 new records to its database, reflecting the years 2011-2012. Here are some of the most fraudulent foods it found:

 

Pomegranate

 

Pomegranate juice: Some products labelled “100% pomegranate juice” may be filled out with other fruit juices or with sugar water.

 

Olive oil: Some olive oils are diluted with less-expensive vegetable oils, the report says.

 

Spices: Powdered spices like saffron, turmeric and chili powder may be diluted or replaced with less-expensive spices or fillers.

 

White tuna: The “white tuna” on your sushi menu may actually be less-expensive escolar, a fish that is banned in other countries including Italy and Japan. It has a high content of waxy esters that contribute to a type of food poisoning called gempylotoxism. Escolar is legal in the U.S., but the Food and Drug Administration advises against selling or consuming it.

 

Lemon juice, other fruit juices and jams: Foreign manufacturers sometimes sneak clouding agents into these to make them look fresh-squeezed. Roughly 4,000 people in Taiwan became sick from ingesting products laced with dangerous pthalates, a chemical also found in plastic, according to the report.

 

Honey and maple syrup: High fructose corn syrup or other sugars might be snuck in to enhance sweetness.

 

Coffee: Fillers can be added to ground coffees to increase their volume.

 

Rhode Island Rep. Joseph McNamara is currently trying to pass legislation that would make fried squid the official state appetizer. Since Rhode Island is the squid capital of the world – hey, they have to be good at something – chances are the fried rings served there are exactly what they claim to be. Elsewhere, however, they may be serving you deep fried pig anus and calling it calamari.

 

In January, This American Life told a story about a multi-state pork processing company selling pig rectum – referred to, by the industry, as “bung” – as imitation calamari. Ben Calhoun did everything possible to refute the source on the story, but dozens of experts could not shoot down the possibility that people are ordering squid and getting pork bung instead. Calhoun did not find any evidence of this practice happening in the US or abroad. However, he did have a chef serve a plate of fried bung next to a plate of fried calamari.

 

No one could tell the difference.

 

That’s just one of many recent stories of food fraud that has Americans thinking twice about what’s actually on their plate. Diners are now wary of impostors passing themselves off as everything from halibut to honey.

 

A recent study by Oceana found the act of seafood fraud has been uncovered both in the United States and abroad at levels ranging from 25 to more than 70 percent for commonly swapped species such as red snapper, wild salmon and Atlantic cod. Oceana collected more than 1,200 seafood samples from 674 retail outlets in 21 states to determine if they were honestly labeled. DNA testing found that one-third (33 percent) of the 1,215 samples analyzed nationwide were mislabeled, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.


Samples sold as snapper and tuna had the highest mislabeling rates (87 and 59 percent, respectively), with the majority of the samples identified by DNA analysis as something other than what was found on the label. Only seven of the 120 samples of red snapper purchased nationwide were actually red snapper. The other 113 samples were another fish. Halibut, grouper, cod and Chilean sea bass were also mislabeled between 19 and 38 percent of the time, while salmon was mislabeled 7 percent of the time.

 


If you think you can tell – or that you’re safe when visiting a reputable sushi or seafood joint – think again.Oceana found that 44 percent of all the retail outlets visited sold mislabeled fish. Restaurants, grocery stores and sushi venues all sold mislabeled fish and chances of being swindled varied greatly depending on where the seafood was purchased.“Our study identified strong national trends in seafood mislabeling levels among retail types, with sushi venues ranking the highest (74 percent), followed by restaurants (38 percent) and then grocery stores (18 percent). These same trends among retail outlets were generally observed at the regional level,” Oceana said in their summary report.So what of the mantra “what you don’t know won’t hurt you?” Well, aside from this practice being illegal and dishonest, it can actually thwart the good intentions of Americans looking to improve their health.“As our results demonstrate, a high level of mislabeling nationwide indicates that seafood fraud harms not only the consumer’s pocket book, but also every honest vendor or fisherman along the supply chain. These fraudulent practices also carry potentially serious concerns for the health of consumers, and for the health of our oceans and vulnerable fish populations.”While it’s despicable, it’s also easy to see how and why unscrupulous people would mislabel a cheap fish for an expensive one.

 

But what about honey? Or extra virgin olive oil?

 

These are products most of us believe we could spot as fraud. However, most of the honey sold in American chain stores does not meet international quality standards.

 

Testing done for Food Safety News found that most store honey isn’t honey, with ultra-filtering techniques removing pollen and hiding the honey’s origins.

 

“More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn’t exactly what the bees produce. The results show that the pollen frequently has been filtered out of products labeled ‘honey,’” wrote Food Safety News.

 

That means these products won’t pass the quality standards set by most of the world’s food safety agencies. Without pollen, there is no way of knowing whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources. The study found that 76 percent of samples bought at grocery stores had all the pollen removed; 100 percent of honey sampled from drugstores had no pollen; and 77 percent of the honey sampled from big box stores had the pollen filtered out.

Fear not, foodies. The study found that all of the samples found at farmers markets, co-ops and whole food stores such as Trader Joe’s were the real deal. But if you can’t taste the difference – and you probably can’t – why should you care if the pollen has been removed?

 

“Raw honey is thought to have many medicinal properties,” Kathy Egan, dietitian at College of the Holy Cross in Mass., told Food Safety News. “Stomach ailments, anemia and allergies are just a few of the conditions that may be improved by consumption of unprocessed honey.”

 

Recently, a new study on food fraud was done the by U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), a scientific nonprofit organization that helps set standards for the “quality, safety and benefit” of foods and medicines. You can find their searchable online database of food fraud reports at foodfraud.org.

 

Their research found that olive oil, milk, saffron and coffee joined honey and fish as the most commonly fraudulent products on the market. Most of the reported food fraud comes from producers adding fillers or diluting the real deal with less expensive ingredients. Clouding agents were found in 877 food products from 315 different companies. Vegetable oil was discovered in bottles of olive oil. Grape juice was passed for pomegranate juice. Given that even the best palates can be fooled by food tech trickery, it’s difficult to completely avoid being duped.

 

There are some tips, however, to get what you pay for.

 

1. Buy the good stuff.

 

Squeeze your own limes instead of buying a bottle of lime juice. Grind your own spices and brew loose tea instead of packets.

 

2. Shop smart

 

Whole food items are a safer bet. They cost more, so it’s up to you to decide if that’s a deal breaker. But think about this: Most of the fraudulent food listed in this article do not feature healing benefits. If you’re buying a fake, you’re saving cash but hurting your body. Join a co-op, a CSA or shop carefully at your local whole food grocery store.

 

3. Forget about white tuna

 

As mentioned above, escolar is typically passed off as white tuna. Escolar is edible, but it contains gempylotoxin, a substance humans can’t digest. You know how the rest of that story goes.

 

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Boost Immune system Naturally & Boost Immunity Part 3.

Posted on 18 June, 2018 at 6:55 Comments comments (0)



Boost Immune system Naturally & Boost Immunity Part 3.


EAT ORGANIC:- As much as you can afford to buy and have the time to grow. The much higher life force from plants and animals being nurtured on good chemical free quality soil, using old traditional farming practices, is well worth the extra expense. Mass produced food is grown in tired soil, stimulated with chemical fertilizers to grow fast and have no goodness, sprayed with toxic chemicals to control pests. Some is also genetically modified to look good, have a good at Coles-Woolworths stores they have no goodness in them or any large supermarket stores stay away from if you can, travel well and last a long time on the supermarket shelf. The end result has dramatically lowered nutritional value or has none nutritional value at all. The cost of organic food is the true cost of nutritious food. The true cost of non organic food is chronic sub health and the recent alarming rise in serious diseases in western society, also consider the money you will save in the long term with no chemical tablets that destroy the body, Healthy immune system means a healthy life and a good life and in balance with all things.


COOK:- Processing foods you buy from supermarkets or fast food outlets has lessen or no nutritional value for your body at all. Use as much whole organic food as you can with your budget needs and cook it yourself, it doesn't take long to cook a stir-fry or anything you like. It's the only way to really know what you are eating and the goodness for your immune system.

LIMIT ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS:- They increase the work your liver, kidneys, skin, lungs and lymphatics have to do. Take a serious look at every cleaning product and personal care items in your house. If you can't eat it, don't breathe it or let it touch your skin. Natural products do just as good a job and using them instead of their chemical equivalents does you, your children, your grandchildren and the environment a huge benefit and favour for all involved.

Power of Your Thoughts

Posted on 17 June, 2018 at 5:20 Comments comments (0)



Power of Your Thoughts


Outer Layer of Thought – Thoughts Becomes Things

 

The outer layer are the thoughts that create our future. This is where we use the idea that our thoughts become things. By using the power of this level of thought we can truly create a reality that reflects our dreams and heart felt desires. Of course we add action, visualization and more action, but it is at this level of thought that we begin the creative process.

 

Middle Layer of Thought – How We Respond Matters

 

The middle layer includes thoughts we have in response to life events. This is where we understand that it is not what happens to us but the way we respond that’s important. I used to think that my happiness was tied to my capacity to cope and if I could learn ways to ‘cope better’ then I would feel a great sense of self worth and peace of mind.

 

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Inner Layer of Thought – Self-Perception


The thoughts we have at this layer of thoughts come from our perception of ourselves and it is the lens that we choose to perceive ourselves that will determine our happiness or our despair.

If we choose a self critical lens then we will hear a running commentary of thoughts that go something like “I should not still be grieving, he’s been dead now for three years.” or “I can’t believe that I didn’t handle that meeting very well.”

 

If we choose a lens that is compassionate toward ourselves then we will more likely to have thoughts such as “I did the best I could at the time based on what I knew and my best was good enough.” And that kinda feels a whole lot nicer doesn’t it?

 

I am grateful to the souls for the wisdom they shared with me. I now understand that we can nurture ourselves when we perceive ourselves through a compassionate lens. To live this way is easy and it is a matter of taking 3 simple steps.

 

Step 1 Become aware – Begin to notice the thoughts that are self critical about the way you are coping or not coping like, “I should not be feeling sad/angry/upset about (insert situation here).” Open your journal and for each thought that is self critical, identify and write down a more compassionate way to view your response to the situation. “I should not have been angry at the kids,” could be replaced with, “Feeling frustrated is normal when you are a parent and all parents feel angry sometimes.”

 

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Once you’ve done this exercise a few times on paper then you will find it easier to use this new way of identifying and changing your thoughts.

 

Step 2 Appreciate your innocence – When faced with a situation that you did not feel you handled well, ask yourself one simple question: Based on what I know so far is there any way that my response to the situation is understandable? The answer is always ‘yes’ because we will always take action based on the knowledge and resources we have available to us at the time.

 

Step 3 Nurture your self-perception with compassion – Using the power of visualization, find a quiet place and create an image in your mind of the three layers of thought. Use an example of a situation where you are criticizing yourself. See the three layers of your thoughts and as you focus upon the layer of thought that is closest to you – the thoughts that relate to your perception of yourself in this situation – notice the thoughts are resting on a bed of compassion, understanding and kindness.

 

Notice that the only thoughts that exist here are gentle and full of understanding about yourself and your life circumstances. If you see a thought that is critical, notice it and visualize another compassionate thought sitting along side it. Over time the compassionate thoughts will grow stronger. Repeat this for 5 minutes each day for 30 days and you will begin to notice the difference.

 

 

11 Common Health Symptoms hint at global depopulation 'slow kill'

Posted on 17 June, 2018 at 5:10 Comments comments (0)



11 Common Health Symptoms hint at global depopulation 'slow kill'.


If you take a look around, modern humanity is quite clearly facing an unprecedented crisis of deteriorating health. And beneath the surface, for those able and willing to see the truth, the various health conditions that increasingly plague the average man and woman appear to be intentionally inflicted as part of a covert effort to reduce the world's population and create a paradise on Earth for the elites -- with much fewer of the rest of us!

The following 11 common health symptoms point to a sinister, "slow kill" agenda that's been designed to quietly cull the masses without overt fanfare:

 

1) Gut and digestion issues. The digestive tract acts as the command center of the human immune system, representing about 80% or more of immune function. And this system is increasingly under attack from things like genetically modified organisms (GMOs), pesticides, antibiotics, sugar and chemicals in food.

 

2) Chronic fatigue and low energy. How many people do you know that rely on coffee or other stimulants just to function normally? Chronic exposure to pollution and persistent stress, as well as vulnerability to electromagnetic radiation, psychological attacks and other environmental factors all contribute to a lack of vitality, something that our government could address but deliberately won't.

 

3) Obesity, diabetes and other dietary conditions. What constitutes "food" today represents such a radical departure from the real thing that most people today don't even realize that they consume literal poisons on a daily basis. Meanwhile, true healing foods and herbs like raw milk and cannabis (marijuana) remain prohibited. These are all contributing factors to rampant obesity, diabetes and metabolic disorders.

 

4) Disorientation and brain fog. Thinking clearly and cognitively is becoming increasingly difficult for many people, but why? One common cause is candida overgrowth in the gut, the direct result of consuming processed sugars, "fortified" flours containing poisons like folic acid and other health-destroying "foods."

 

5) Chronic inflammation. Most of what is promoted commercially as food these days is inflammatory, meaning it triggers an immune response as if it were a foreign invader. This constant attack on the immune system can lead to a host of debilitating health conditions -- again, something that the government deliberately ignores at the expense of public health.

 

6) Allergies. Previous generations didn't suffer from nearly the amount of allergy-related illnesses that people today do. Chemicals in the environment, a weakened immune system due to vaccinations, geoengineering and other factors are all linked to increases in allergies.

 

7) Autism. This is a hot-button issue these days, especially as the autism rate has increased by as much as 30-fold since the 1970s! Despite what the media claims, vaccines haven't been ruled out as a cause, and neither have GMOs, household chemicals and other modern technological "advancements."

 

Cancer. In the very near future, it is expected that as many as one in three adults will have some form of cancer. And while a whole slew of alternative and natural treatments have been shown to help, the medical system is hellbent on reinforcing only slash-and-burn chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, which have repeatedly been shown not to work as claimed.

 

9) Morgellon's disease. This controversial illness, which the medical system largely denies even exists, involves tiny thread-like objects that appear in people's skin with no apparent cause. Morgellon's has been extensively linked to "chemtrails" and geoengineering programs, which are also denied by authorities.

 

10) Dental fluorosis. This one is finally gaining some attention in the mainstream, particularly as the government decides to reduce recommended fluoride levels in public water. But we're about 50 years too late, and most public water facilities continue to lace fluoride drugs into public water without informed consent or controlled dosages, exposing millions of people to this brain-damaging, health-destroying poison.

 

11) Chemical imbalances. Depression symptoms, inability to focus and learning disabilities abound in today's world. And many known triggers, including exposure to artificial food coloring, nutrient deficiencies and junk "food" consumption continue to be ignored by authorities, leading more and more people into the drug-and-surgery-dominated medical racket, which generates trillions of dollars annually for the medical industry.

6 Simple Feng Shui Tips To Help You Make A Fresh Start

Posted on 17 June, 2018 at 5:05 Comments comments (0)



6 Simple Feng Shui Tips To Help You Make A Fresh Start


Craving a fresh start is often filled with restless excitement. After all, making a fresh start is often associated with a dramatic change: moving to a new place, starting a new job or quitting an old one, vastly switching your diet, diving head first into an exercise routine or some other big switch that flips your life in a great way.

 

While sometimes a monumental change is necessary (and you'll know if it is), often it's a small and meaningful change in perspective that creates a whole new way of viewing life. Feng shui in my way is about your personal experience of your life and your space, and a small shift in that personal experience can revive your experience of life. Small shift = fresh start!

 

Here are a few feng shui shifts that can help you jump start a fresh start at any time:

 

1. Rethink a route.

 

Your experience of your neighborhood has as much impact on your life as your experience of your own home. Can you change your daily route to the grocery store? Can you take the stairs instead of the elevator? Turn left instead of right? Being a creature of habit can be comforting, but new scenery keeps you on your toes and is a simple form of freshness.

 

2. Refine a routine.

 

You can elevate a daily experience by adding some fresh sensory goodness. What if you found an essential oil to wear that enhanced your yoga class? Try new dressings for salad? Warm up your bathroom before your morning shower? Try playing some new ambient music while you work? Smell, touch, taste, temperature, sound, texture and more take the ordinary to a new level.

 

3. Revive your walls with art!

 

Fresh art is a fresh start in itself where your home is concerned. If you are timid about buying art, try some vintage shopping for art that moves you. A dynamic piece of art that you see when you first enter your home creates a fresh impression of your whole home for both you and guests as well.

 

4. Replant houseplants that have been growing too big for their pots.

 

Your plants will grow bigger, and, symbolically you are creating more space for growth in your own life.

 

5. Revamp your front door.


You don’t need to paint a door red to make it feng shui-friendly, but a revamped front door will speak confidently to the world about your fresh start. Whether it's a new coat of paint, a bigger door handle, more polished or prominent apartment numbers or some creative adornment like a wreath or a doormat that represents your personality, a front door that shines is a great way to welcome in new energy and new people!

 

6. Remember what makes you special.

 

Stumped as to what your “brand of genius” might be? Visit friends who make you feel amazing and see how they reflect your best self. Indulge in hobbies and passions. Start celebrating small victories as well as big ones in your life. Deciding to bring more of your personal genius to your whole life is both an absolute fresh start and brilliant feng shui for every day. Happy New Year … any time of year!

3rd Eye Meditation

Posted on 16 June, 2018 at 3:35 Comments comments (0)



3rd Eye Meditation


Imagine what your life would have been like if you had kept your eyelids shut for your entire lifetime. Your eyes would have worked perfectly and yet your sense of vision would have gone to waste. Similarly, not using your 3rd eye is keeping you in the dark in relation to enjoying the wonders and wisdom of your sense of mystic sight.

 

Every one of us had our third eye fully open when we were babies. We were effortlessly able to witness the glory of the universe from its subatomic nature to its multi-galactic infiniteness. Through conditioning by our parents, teachers, and peers, we started a process of covering our 3rd eye with layer after layer of illusion. As an example, let’s imagine that at one month of age we were laying in our crib looking at the paisley patterned dance of energy that life is. Our mommy stuck a stuffed doll in front of our face and said, “Look at the piggy, look at the piggy.” We then started the process of recognizing that particular shape and associating it with the label “pig”. We also might have been introduced to the concepts of color, texture, size, and other things. “Baby, look at how pink and fuzzy the nice little piggy doll is.” And this began our habit of replacing direct perception of reality with a perceiving, labeling, reacting physically, emotionally, and mentally process. And we went further and further away from an unfiltered pure experience of living life as it takes place. As we aged, we also added a thought analyzing method of judging, comparing, and commenting on every thing our senses brought our attention to, and we got less and less in touch with Now.

 

The result of this process is similar to putting shutters on a window. No light comes through and those within can only imagine what is on the other side of the shutters. Unfortunately, this really leaves us in the dark about what is real and what life is really about. Just as you can’t adequately describe an orange to anyone who has never seen the color orange, or has not tasted one, you cannot understand what a 3rd eye vision is like from reading about it, or hearing it described by someone who has them. You will have to experience it first hand. So, the experience of divine perception, astral sight, aura awareness, mystic vision, or whatever other esoteric label you put on it, will remain only a theory until a way is found to actually open the 3rd eye.

 

Every time you sit in meditation and do the third eye technique, you remove one of the shutters covering your inner window of wisdom. It is often compared to peeling away layers of skin from an onion. This continues until there is nothing left. And in this No-thing, there is everything. And we return to the pure direct perception of the glory and wonders of the universe we beheld as a baby. But now, we have the understanding that only comes with maturity.

 

The 3rd Eye Meditation Technique

 

To begin, place yourself in the place and position that you have found to be most advantageous to meditation. Relax your mind, body, and emotions. Command your mind to cease its chatter, your emotions to stay in a serene mode, and your body to not disturb your meditation in any way. Focus your attention to the sound and feeling of your breath coming in and going out. Return to your breath awareness if you witness that you have lost your focus. At no time during your meditation should you chastise yourself about anything. So, for example, if you lose your attention and then realize this, just accept it without commenting. Return your attention to your breath and then continue with your meditation.

 

Close your eyes. Place your attention on the area between your eyebrows. After a short time, a point of light will present itself in the center of your inner field of vision. Keep your focus there. For some people, it will be beneficial to raise your eyeballs as if you were looking up at about a 25-degree angle. For others, just directing their attention upwards will be easier and less distracting. After some experimentation, go with one of the ways exclusively. In the beginning of 3rd eye practice, it may help to place your thumb at the outer edge of one eye and your middle finger on the outer edge of the other, while placing your index finger at the mid-point between your eyebrows. This gives you a point of focus to place your attention. It also allows you to prevent your eyelids from fluttering. This commonly occurs, and can be distracting until you get used to the sensations that accompany this technique.

 

Let the light come to you. Be available to be filled. The more you continue practicing this meditation, the more layers of the veil of illusion will peel away and Reality will reveal itself to you. As you perceive the Truth, your understanding of the delusional concept that you are apart from the rest of the universe will lose its grip on you, and the knowledge that you are a part of all and everything will become undeniably apparent. Your chattering mind will eventually dissolve in the unspeakable transcendent light of love that is now and forever within and without you.

 

Once you stop being locked into viewing reality from just one perspective, you will start to be free from habitual reactivity. 3rd eye experiences put you in that position. You will recognize that nothing more than a show has been playing out before you in what you considered “real life”. And, just like when you are at the theater, you may be interested to some degree with seeing how the plot turns out, but knowing that it is all just a story, you won’t take it any more seriously than a show. The constant anxiety and fear that is attached to a singular ego centered view of life will end and be replaced with the bliss of effortlessly merging and identifying with all of creation.

 

Once a chick has pecked its way out of its shell, it knows that there is a lot more to life than was within its dark confines. Mother Nature, Grace, then gives the chick strong wings that let it fly to the heavens. The 3rd eye meditation technique has the potential to be the beak you use to break out of your shell, as well as the wings to transport you to the infinite, eternal, universal divine reality that is your birthright.

 


The Healing Power of the Ocean

Posted on 16 June, 2018 at 3:25 Comments comments (0)



The Healing Power of the Ocean


“Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.” ~ Anonymous

 

A visit to the beach always leaves you feeling alive and cleansed – physically, emotionally and spiritually. The combination of sun, sea and sand is the most natural and easily accessible form of therapy available to mankind. In ancient times, the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians understood the therapeutic properties of seawater.

 

Hippocrates, Galen, Plato and Aristotle recommended the use of hot baths to not only clean wounds but also for preventative purposes. Several research has proven the fact that the sea helps us restore our physical, mental and emotional well-being. A 2012 research stated that sea water strengthens the body against viruses, low defences, bacteria and pathogens.

 

Seawater in particular assists in strengthening the cellular immunity and one of the doctors involved in the research added that it plays a key role in the elimination of many tumours. Another research said that there are multiple benefits of being by the sea – the sound of the crashing sea waves has a healing effect on our mind and body as it induces deep states of relaxation. About 70% of the earth surface is covered with water of which 96% is stored in the oceans.

 

Even human bodies are made up of about 55-60% water. Indeed, we do belong to the ocean. Let’s delve deeper to unravel the benefits of the sun, sea and sand – Benefits of Seaside Air and Sand Sea air is charged with healthy negative ions that builds our body’s capacity to absorb more oxygen. The use of modern technology (laptops, gadgets, microwaves etc.) exposes us to unhealthy free radicals which erodes our body’s natural energy, but when we are by the sea, we feel energised and relaxed at the same time.

 

People with sleep disorders are usually asked to be around the sea as often as possible because it induces good sleep. Even walking barefoot on sand neutralises the impact of free radicals in our body as sand contains minerals required by humans. This induces favorable physiological changes that promote good health, boosts our immune system, reduces inflammation and enhances circulation. Playing in the sand is highly beneficial for children as it stretches their imagination, gives them a medium to artistically express themselves, promotes cognitive development and enhances their creativity skills.

 

Benefits of Seawater “The sea washes away the ills of all mankind.” ~ Euripides (420 BC) Seawater is useful in more ways than one, it is used in modern medicine on a large scale. In 1897, a French doctor, René Quinton discovered that seawater and our blood plasma are 98% identical. Our blood has an extra molecule of iron whereas seawater has an extra molecule of magnesium, and apart from this all the molecules are identical.

 

When immersed in warm seawater the body absorbs the minerals it needs through the skin. Among the many minerals found in the sea is iodine which helps the body fight infection while boosting thyroid function. Seawater increases elasticity of skin and also improves circulation, helping the body to carry blood to all its vital organs.

 

Sea Water is the cure for several diseases like asthma, osteoporosis, depression, skin diseases like dermatitis, eczema, post pregnancy disorders and fatal infections. Plato said, “The sea cures all ailments of man.” In ancient times, many believed in the healing power of the sea, that’s why Thalassotherapy (from the Greek word ‘thalassa’ meaning sea) was an effective way to treat many ailments.

 

Thalassotherapy is a therapeutic use of the seawater, its climate, and marine products like algae, seaweed, and alluvial mud. Therapists around the world encourage using seawater as an alternative medicine therapy to treat eczema and psoriasis, joint problems, arthritis, poor circulation, immobility and post-operative conditions. Swimming in the sea also impacts your muscles and nerve cells – it increases blood circulation and is a great boost to your emotional health.

 

A recent research stated that along with multiple other benefits, swimming in the sea can add years to your life! Never miss a chance to go to the beach, feel the sand in your feet and listen to the soothing sound of the waves. Oceans can bring a mental shift in a way we perceive our lives; teaching us about calmness, depth, intensity, harmony, open-mindedness and the list is endless.

 

Have you ever sailed on vast ocean, With no island to see, and things are out of reach? With dreams and mysteries filled this ocean, And a never ending faith that someone would teach? ~ Lovelyn Layon

10 Powerful Quotes by Confucius That Can Change Your Life

Posted on 16 June, 2018 at 3:15 Comments comments (0)



10 Powerful Quotes by Confucius That Can Change Your Life


Confucius, whose name literally means “Master Kong”, lived 551-479 BCE. He was a Chinese thinker and philosopher, whose teachings have deeply influenced not only Asian thought and life. He presented himself as a “transmitter who invented nothing” and he really pointed out the importance of learning, which is one reason he is seen by Chinese people as “The Greatest Master”.

 

One of the best known sources of Confucius are The Analects, a collection of his teachings, which was compiled many years after his death. A fountain of extremely mindful quotes springs from these ancient descriptions.

 

Many of them are universal and timeless in their beautiful and simple truth and they are as valid today as on the day they left Confucius’ mouth. Here we take a look at 10 of the most inspiring quotes by Confucius.

 

Confucius says …

 

1. “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”

 

It’s the “Golden Rule” and the essence of real compassion . Not compassion as in looking down on someone and have pity for another, this is no real compassion. Compassion means seeing another person 100% equal to yourself (in value, not in differentials on the surface which ultimately do not matter). In fact it is seeing yourself in every other person. And therefore you cannot harm anyone without also harming yourself.

 

It doesn’t mean to lose individuality or self-worth, on the contrary – but the other person earns the same gift.

 

2. “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

 

That’s my personal favorite quote since it expresses something very profound which also is very useful to know: Ignorance is a willful neglect or refusal to acquire knowledge. It is not widen one’s own perspective in order to see a broader truth. As an example it would be to have racist thoughts and not realizing that all men are equal.

 

The ultimate truth therefore is where there is absolutely no ignorance, meaning where the perspective or consciousness has become one with all that there is. In Buddhism ignorance (Avidyā;) is seen as the primary cause of suffering. Liberation is Enlightenment. Another quote by Confucius here is “Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.”

 

3. “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

 

Those quotes are just perfect. What he is expressing here is that we have to experience something ourselves in order to really understand it. If we are hearing something it might be interesting. If we are seeing something it might be beautiful. But only if we feel in happening to ourselves we can really know how it is.

 

Picture something nice as winning an Olympic gold medal or picture something terrifying as the loss of a loved one. Can you know this by hearing it or by seeing it? Or do you have to do it and experience it yourself to really know it?

 

Along with this realization comes the awareness that you cannot understand someone or his actions from hearing or seeing it from the outside. You have to feel empathic compassion for him to really know what it is like. To know and not to do is really not to know. Only by applying our knowledge we can validate it’s harmony with reality, it’s truth.

 

4. “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

 

Amazing. It calls for dropping the inner mask through which we constantly see and evaluate the world, distorted by our wants and belief-systems. Here we have to look at things as they are. Just like a newborn child would look at things. Then we are able to really see again, without instant labeling of what we see and therefore only really seeing our label. If we become able to do this – just for a second without judgment, we can see that everything in nature is as it should be. And in this natural perfection lies beauty.

 

5. “The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.”

 

Another quote is “The object of the superior man is truth.” It is the value of integrity: Do we act to our best knowledge of truth or do we bend ourselves and violate our integrity in order to gain an advantage? Do we play fair game or use perfidious tactics?

 

To be truthful to ourselves is also important to the development of (good) character. And it is the only straight way to liberation.

 

6. “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”

 

Whatever you do and whatever you commit to, do it fully, give your all – one hundred percent. It is the essence of Carpe Diem – Seizing the day and it’s surely the best way to be satisfied with what we do and get the best results.

 

7. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.”

 

There is no failure, there are only valuable learning experiences. Or as Thomas Edison about inventing the light bulb said: “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” The important thing is not giving up, but learning and then improving by using this feedback to get better and ultimately succeed.

 

A quote expressing the same principle is “A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it, is committing another mistake.”

 

8. “He who learns but does not think, is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.”

 

Confucius explains the connection of learning and reflection. Reflection of that what we learned by thinking or of the results we get by applying the knowledge. “Study without reflection is a waste of time; reflection without study is dangerous” is a similar quote by Confucius. Learning is only useful if we connect the learning within our own minds, with what we already know and what is useful for us. This reflection of any knowledge also saves us from blindly following any knowledge without checking its truthfulness and validity to us.

 

I think everybody experienced learning when we really want this knowledge and interweave it with what we already know. If there is a need or problem we want to solve, the consume knowledge much more effective than it happens for students in many universities.

 

9. “He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”

 

This quote calls for planning and preparation. This includes getting and improving the personal skills we need to be successful. If we want to hold speeches we have to become good with communication skills. If we want to win a race we have to train for it. If we want to do a big project we need knowledge in project management. Steven Covey calls it Sharpening the saw, read about it here.

 

10. “If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?”

 

It shows that our primary work lies within ourselves: to work on ourselves and improve will automatically take care of the outside world if we use our abilities then. “When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.” The solution to problems is not “out there”. It is the Inside-Out approach: success and happiness can only be found by working on ourselves. It also entails the spiritual message to look inside and to discover ourselves fully.

 

Boost Immune system Naturally & Boost Immunity Part 2

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Boost Immune system Naturally & Boost Immunity Part 2

 

Herbs and the Immune System-Like any part of the body, the immune system gets stronger the more it is feed healing benefits from herbs and plants. Over-use of antibiotics can lead to a lazy immune system, antibiotic resistance and/or yeast overgrowth. Combine this with a weak immune system and the outlook can be grim if a really serious infection occurs. There are many very effective herbal medicines for bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Other herbs can be used to stimulate the immune system when necessary. No resistance seems to develop against herbal remedies and they support the healing process rather than suppress it. Reducing Stress:- Even in medical circles, stress is now known to cause many illness and lower the immunity within us all. Your adrenal glands must be healthy for you to mount an effective response against any challenge- including disease. Stress, worry and anxiety all deplete your adrenal glands. There are many herbs and flower essences which act as adrenal tonics and assist during times of stress. Don't forget to take time out to relax, Meditation is also known to reduce stress, worries, anger, anxiety,etc and bring peace and harmony to the individual if practice on a daily basis.

Yoga Roots ??? Breathing Through Your Body, Into the Earth

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Yoga Roots ??? Breathing Through Your Body, Into the Earth

As you lay on your mat, introducing yourself to the first breaths of the evening’s yoga session, you’ll often overhear the instructor guiding your breaths. During this introductory portion of the class, the focus is on stabilizing your mind and your thoughts, focusing on your breaths and your energies. With the gentle voice guiding you, you’re able to enter a centered state, prepared to begin your yoga session.

 

The instructor will often say something to the effect of, “Breathe in slowly from your mouth, following your breath as it makes its way through your body, down to your feet. Feel your breath and your body in synchrony, growing a root to the mat and the earth beneath you.”

 

Every focused breath calms the body and brings the mind to a present moment.


This process is meant to strengthen not only your mind and focus, but to also establish balance in your root chakra. The root chakra is the first one in your body, at the base of the spine, and it’s the core of your connection to the physical body and the Earth beneath you (hence, the root).

 

The importance can’t be overstated with yoga – match every breath with your movement and pose.

 

The process of breathing, in and of itself, is a complex one. Inhalation and exhalation are parts of physiological respiration. Breathing properly during exercise ensures that your working muscles receive the oxygen that they need in order to keep contracting.

 

There are several poses in yoga which are meant specifically to establish this sort of root. Mountain Pose and Tree Pose, for example, do exactly that. As you stand firmly on the mat, with your feet practically cemented to the earth, you’re able to feel the ground beneath you.

 

Simply “standing” in a single place may seem easy and meaningless to some, but it’s far from that. This sort of pose establishes a great mind-body focus. Moreover, maintaining this sort of firm root in your feet while at the same time having loose, relaxed limbs above the waist takes practice. It’s a bit of juxtaposition – the energy and weight in your upper body relaxed, balanced, with your lower body and feet firmly connected to the mat.

 

Indeed, the only way you’ll get this pose is through your breath.

 

Every aspect of yoga – every pose, movement and position is only enhanced through your breath. Standing strong, breathe in through your nose. Feel as the breath slowly makes its way down to your toes, strengthening your stance and feet. Breathe out through your mouth, allowing for this exchange of energy between top and bottom to flow effortlessly.

 

As the class winds down to a close, you often find yourself stabilizing, balancing and revisiting basic poses. Savasana and Child’s Pose are some favorites. During these poses, the class comes full circle. Just as you focused on centering your thoughts, energy and breaths at the beginning of the class, the end of the class brings the same. It’s a moment of clarity and relaxation, as simpler postures bring you to a simpler time of relaxation, where breath is in harmony with body.

 

When you’re outside, these sorts of poses and breaths are that much more potent. Without a yoga mat, you’re able to tangibly connect the earth’s surface with your bare feet. Except this time, when you’re connected, the benefits are more than a metaphorical root – there’s an energy exchange actually happening. Studies suggest that this concept of Earthing or being in direct contact with the Earth’s surface, may be beneficial to your health. As you stand on the surface, breathe in and feel that connection. Your body is absorbing the earth’s limitless supply of free electrons and, in turn, neutralizing harmful free radicals. You may not be able to see it, but your yoga practice will feel that much better when you’re outside.

 

 

What About Family Karma or Ancestral Karma

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What About Family Karma or Ancestral Karma


QUESTION: Do you believe in karma? What about “family karma” or “ancestral karma”? Aren’t we all forgiven and wiped clean when we pass over? Why would my karma be affected by my parents and/or why would mine affect my kids?

 

ANSWER: Yes, karma is real and has been put in place to balance universal laws. The Creator loves us so much, we have been given “free will” to create in any way we choose; regardless if it is positive or negative. Depending on whether our choices are aligned with the laws of the universe will determine the quality of the energy that is returned to us. Karma is simply energy balance reflecting CAUSE and EFFECT. Karma has not been put in place to punish humans, however, we can not escape the consequences of our choices. Every action, every word and every thought is recorded in our soul’s energy field and will reflect the quality of our vibrational frequency. Low vibrational beings radiate a lot of “karma” or off pitched vibrations in their energy field that will need to be transmuted into a higher vibration in the future by deciding to become CONSCIOUS co-creators who choose from their own free will to align themselves with the integrity of the universal laws for the highest and best good of ALL involved. Once we decide to generate actions that evolve our soul’s, and we choose not to “revolve” in the same unconscious repetitive behavioral patterns, we will begin to raise our vibrational frequency. This shift in our energy will change the quality of our life circumstances and what is created for ourselves in the future based on the law of cause and effect.

 

When you create karma for your self…..it is your karma, and it is YOU who will need to balance the distorted energy within your energy field. However, we also have generational karma we receive from our family line that is embedded in the DNA that we incarnate into. This type of karma occurs because our family lines have had lifetimes of unconscious, repetitive patterns that they have had a hard time evolving out of. Generational karma is easy to figure out…..just look at your family patterns. Alcoholism, Food and Drug Addictions, Depression, Abuse, Racism, Strong Religious Beliefs, Victim Consciousness…..these are all aspects of generational karma we carry within our DNA that is still being played out today over and over again. However, you are not a victim! “YOU” chose your family lineage to incarnate into…..your parents did not choose you. You chose them and they agreed to the soul contract based on the soul lessons you wanted to learn from them. Our generational patterns and karma are the very things we are here to heal! When we heal these karmic imprints within ourselves, we open pathways within our genetic lineage to also do the same through their own free will choice. During this transformational time on Earth, many of us who are highly evolved souls, chose very difficult family lineages to incarnate into because it is these lineages that would provide us a tremendous amount of soul’s growth if we were able to break free from these patterns and it would also help our family lines break free from their bondage as well.

 

Whatever karma we have accumulated remains with us lifetime after lifetime until we heal the vibrational distortion within us. This is part of the laws of evolution. When we cross over into the spiritual dimensions, we are filled with The Creator’s unconditional love and a large portion of our being is purified. However, our karma, or off pitched vibrations within our energy fields, remains with us and this energy will determine the quality of our life in our next incarnation. This is why it is so important for us to not hang onto unforgiveness with another person because this will only harm us and could possibly create karma within our being. Once we understand the universal laws, we will see that nothing goes unnoticed in the world of energy and that all actions are recorded within the soul’s energy field so if someone has harmed us they will reap the return of their energy based on the law of cause and effect. In addition, if something negative happens to us…….what makes us think this is not the ramifications of our own energy being returned to us? Regardless of what happens, it is better to remain in a state of gratitude because a negative interaction with someone may have been a gift from the universe that helped you balance your negative karma and heal the karmic miasim within your energy field so you could have a more balanced, loving future. In addition, it is also wise to not get overly involved or attached to other people’s crisis…..this is all in perfect divine orchestration as each one of us are learning lessons, evolving our soul’s and balancing our karma. ~Sabrina

 

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HOW DO I CHOOSE A CRYSTAL

Posted on 13 June, 2018 at 7:50 Comments comments (0)



Now That I Have My Crystals, What Do I Do With Them?


HOW DO I CHOOSE A CRYSTAL

 

There will be times when you need to purchase a crystal, and given the great abundance of healing stones now available, it can be useful to have a system for choosing your crystals. You do not need to know the exact properties of every stone in order to buy one, although this may help.

 

Below is a list of possible ways you could go about choosing a crystal. Remember, just because a crystal is beautiful, and the nicest one of a bunch, doesn’t mean that it is the best crystal for you. It is more important to be receptive and allow yourself to be drawn to a stone that will have meaning for you.

 

CHOOSING BY “FIRST SIGHT”

 

Often when you first see a range of crystals, one stone will catch your eye, and continue to draw your attention. This is likely to be a stone that will be beneficial to you. At this point you may like to trust your intuition and purchase the crystal.

 

However, if you are overwhelmed by choice, or are unsure of what crystal it was that first grabbed you, try standing quietly for a few moments with your eyes closed, and remember the reason that you needed to purchase a crystal. When you open your eyes choose the crystal you feel most drawn to. This will be the stone for you.

 

SENSING CRYSTALS

 

One of the suggested methods of buying a crystal requires that you look at a crystal and see if it “vibrates” with you. All crystals vibrate at their own frequency and some people are sensitive enough to feel these vibrations. Holding or placing your hand on a large piece of clear quartz crystal is a good way to develop your sensitivity to these vibrations. Sometimes a quartz may give off a regular pulse of energy; you may feel others as being very cold in your hand, or even warm. Some crystals may produce a tingling sensation on your skin. Generally a crystal that will be beneficial to you will feel right to you even though you may not be able to describe the sensations it creates. Look through a large number of them until you find just the right one. This works fine as long as you wide variety to select from.

 

USING A PENDULUM

 

This is a simple way to seek answers from your subconscious mind. You can hold a pendulum over the top of a crystal and ask “will this crystal be beneficial to me?”. Another way to use the pendulum, if you are considering a large choice of crystals, is to pass it over the top, and look for any circular motion in the pendulum above a particular crystal. If you do find the pendulum reacting over a particular stone, hold it over the stone directly, and ask a question.

 

RECEIVING A CRYSTAL

 

Crystals given as a gift are a precious experience, and as you start to use crystals more, you may begin to find crystals, or rather, they find you! It is not uncommon for these crystals to be just what you need at that given moment. It is also not uncommon to lose crystals, and although this can be upsetting when your favourite goes missing, it is usually an indication that the crystal has served its purpose in that situation and is no longer required. This is particularly so with “Record Keepers” and “Window” crystals.

 

BUYING WHAT’S AVAILABLE TO YOU

 

Another method to purchase a crystal is buying whatever crystal that is available to you. You may also get one as a gift. In either of these cases, you will be “bonding” with the crystal and that provides the “tuning” of the crystal to your “vibration”. So it isn’t all that critical that you find the “perfect” crystal when buying one.

 

INTERNET BUYING

 

crystal, crystals, vibrations, Native American, heal, yoga, meditation, guided meditation, 3rd eye, chakraWhen choosing a crystal from an internet site it is not possible to touch the crystal, so you need to take your intuition one stage further. Browse through the pictures and note which most appeals to you. You may find yourself excited by the picture of a particular crystal, with a powerful urge to touch and feel it and a sense of frustration that you cannot. If you feel that you very much want that crystal to be a part of your life, it is likely that on some level it has something to offer you.

 

WHAT IF I’M NOT DRAWN TO A CRYSTAL

 

Don’t worry. As with all purchases relating to spiritual growth intent is crucial, and you may need to acknowledge that the time isn’t right. If nothing strongly appeals to you, accept that the time is not right and come back on another day when perhaps a crystal will plead with you to take it home. Beware of buying crystals purely because that is what you set out to do as this could result in a collection of crystals unsuited to your needs and lacking meaning.

 

A FINAL WORD

 

Expect the Unexpected – I often set out to buy a specific crystal and end up purchasing something completely different. Be prepared to have your unconscious lead you to a different crystal. The unconscious or higher self doesn?t get involved with life’s day-to-day clutter and thus can get straight down to the business of selecting the most appropriate crystal for you. This is why the best approach to choosing a crystal is to quieten your mind and simply do what feels right.

 

Clearing Your Crystals

 

Crystals can collect various forms of energy from emotions, thought, touch, and many other sources. When other people handle your crystal, they leave their energy imprint on the crystal. This isn’t “bad” however, in order to make your crystal truly yours, we suggest that you remove the stored vibration. This is known as clearing the crystal.

 

It is a good idea to clear your crystal when you first get it, after you use it for any healing work, or whenever you feel that the crystal lacks light, luster, and energy.

 

Sea Salt Method

 

(Please note: many feel this method is too harsh. They prefer some of the other, more gentle methods listed below.)

 

Bury the crystal in sea salt overnight, preferably in a ceramic or glass container. You can purchase sea salt in most health food stores and in some supermarkets. You may also put your crystal in a container of water and sea salt. Use your intuition to determine how much salt you need and how long you want to leave the crystal in the solution (usually one to three days). Wash all salt off the crystals after clearing them. (We recommend filtered water for this.)

 

Smudging

 

crystal, crystals, vibrations, Native American, heal, yoga, meditation, guided meditation, 3rd eye, chakraA wonderful Native American method of clearing is to burn cedar and sage leaves and pass your crystal through the smoke. Cedar and sage may be purchased in most shops that specialize in herbs. You can also use a smudge stick, which combines cedar, sage, and often other herbs. This method is excellent for clearing your crystal as well as yourself and your environment. We prefer it for clearing jewelry.

 

Breath

 

Hold the crystal in your dominant hand, or if it is large, in both your hands. Focus your thoughts on the crystal with the intention that it will become free of all negative energy. As you hold this thought, inhale through your nose and exhale forcefully through your mouth. Your breath carries your intention to clear your crystal.

 

Remember to use your intuition to determine when your crystal needs clearing. Whenever you sense a decrease in its energy, a cloudiness or stickiness, it’s time to clear.

 

Charging

 

To charge a crystal is to revitalize it. Think of what kind of energy you want to store in your crystal. We have tried charging our crystals with many different energies.

 

Use your imagination and experiment by putting your crystal in direct sunlight or moonlight, on a large crystal cluster, under a pyramid, buried in the snow, or in the earth.

 

Type of Energy Where (or When) to Place

 

Cleansing, purifying stream

 

Vitality, energy sea at high tide

 

Restful, relaxing sea at low tide

 

Optimism, hope new moon

 

Abundance, love full moon

 

Introspection dark of moon

 

Harvesting dreams fall equinox

 

Rebirth, renewal winter solstice

 

Growth spring equinox


Passion, joy summer solstice


Working With Crystals: Passive Use of Crystal

 

Even if all you do with your crystal is keep it near you, you will begin to notice subtle changes in yourself. Crystals amplify and balance even the most subtle mental energy. Just having crystals in your environment can improve the quality of your life.

 

Active Use of Crystal

 

When we consciously work with crystal we can accomplish anything that the mind can imagine. Crystals have been helpful in improving memory, helping plants to grow, healing animals, contacting spirit guides, and in communicating with the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms.

 

One particularly powerful way to work with crystals is through the use of affirmations.

 

Affirmations

 

Affirmations are one of the most powerful methods we can use to change the quality of our lives and to create the things we want. An affirmation is a declaration or a thought which creates a desired result. To affirm means ñto make firm.” What we think or believe about ourselves and the world becomes our reality.

 

Pay attention to your affirmations, not only to avoid rote-like repetitions, but to actually hear what you’re saying. Joyce once realized that her affirmation, “I have an unlimited number of valuable ideas” had turned into “I have an unlimited number of limiting ideas.” This was a valuable, if depressing, discovery.

 

We have been giving ourselves affirmations all our lives – only we weren’t aware of it. Anything we say or think to ourselves is an affirmation. Anything anyone else says to us is an affirmation if we accept it and believe it. When we’re not aware of the process and the power of that which we think and believe about ourselves and our world we affirm a lot of things which don’t serve us well.

 

We are all carrying around basic core beliefs. Some of them are non-supportive things that we learned early in childhood from parents, teachers and friends.

 

Some unconscious affirmations:

 

If I look at food I gain weight

 

Life is nothing but suffering

 

The universe is against me


I am doomed to die without ever having been appreciated

 

Metaphysics works for everyone but me

 

Discovering Negative Beliefs

 

Becoming aware of these unconscious affirmations is the first step to dissolving them. Be conscious of your negative thoughts. One way to do this is to create a positive affirmations for example, “Abundance comes to me easily.” Your helpful mind will quickly come up with a list of reasons why this isn’t going to happen.


It never did before.

 

Some people aren’t meant to have money.

 

Why should I get my hopes up?

 

Another way is take the situation you want to change, and list the benefits of the negative situation. The benefits of not being prosperous might be:

 

No one will ever ask you for money.

 

You’ll never have to worry about suddenly losing your fortune.

 

You won’t have to feel guilty that others have less.

 

Whatever your issue is find out what its benefits are. Be careful not to censor yourself in the process, i.e., don’t tell yourself, “If I had a lot of money and someone needed help I’d be a terrible person not to give it to them.” Self-condemnation will not encourage your beliefs to surface; honesty will.

 

Work on each belief, identifying the emotion connected to it. Would you give money to people who needed it? Do you feel ungenerous? Are you afraid of acquiring money, only to lose it? Is this fear part of your life? Does guilt have a lot to do with how you relate to other people?

 

We strongly recommend the use of flower essences for deeply-held emotions.

 

The Three Aspects of Affirmations

 

When we consciously create affirmations we choose words which exactly express the reality we desire to create.

 

Another important aspect is the visual image we create to accompany the words. If we want to create a vacation in Hawaii we visualize palm trees, beaches, blue skies, warmth, etc. (It can be very helpful to look at the pictures in a travel brochure, and some people like to make a “wishboard” with an arrangement of photographs which represent whatever they’re creating).

 

A third (and perhaps most important) aspect is to create the way we feel when our special dream comes true. For a Hawaiian vacation you may feel relaxed or excited and stimulated to be in a new place. If you’re with someone you love you may feel increased closeness or a heightened sense of romance. If you have difficulty in visualizing or feeling the reality of your affirmation go back to the section on discovering negative beliefs.

 

Programming Your Crystal

 

Your thoughts, visualizations, and feelings have an energetic charge; when you program a crystal to assist you in manifesting your desires and dreams you put that energetic charge into your crystal.

 

Although quartz crystals are usually the preferred crystals for programming, we’ve used many others: citrine for abundance, rose quartz for a situation which calls for love, aquamarine or turquoise for creativity, aventurine for physical health.

 

Below is one method of programming.

 

Exercise

 

Hold the crystal in both hands and gaze into it, making contact with the crystal.

 

Start breathing with deep long breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling forcefully through your mouth.

 

Concentrate on what you want to program into the crystal„ a new job, good health, a better relationship, etc. As you inhale, see a visual image of what you want; imagine how it feels to have it, and repeat an affirmation to yourself.

 

With each exhale send your desire into the crystal.

 

Your intention has now been programmed into the crystal. This vibration is stored in the crystal until you clear it and replace it with a new intention.

 

Written Affirmations

 

One of the most powerful methods of programming that we’ve discovered is to write your intention on a piece of paper and, after using the above method, place your crystal on the written note and leave it there. We did this when we were searching for the perfect spot for Crystal Gardens. We placed a programmed quartz cluster on a map of Greenwich Village along with a note requesting the size and rent we wanted. It worked!

 

Basic Meditation

 

We prefer to meditate with crystals and describe this further along in the article. For those who are unfamiliar with principles and practices of meditation, though, we provide a basic introduction.

 

Meditation gives us a chance to relax, and to heal our bodies. It provides periods of mental stillness, an opportunity to silence the mundane chatter which so often fills our minds, time and space for us to focus our thoughts, to concentrate on the solving of a problem, to visualize the accomplishment of a particular goal.

 

As we become more skilled at quieting our busy minds, we discover that meditation helps to focus our attention on the here and now. When we give ourselves the gift of time in which we are neither regretting the past nor worrying about the future, we are able to appreciate the present.

 

Seth, the entity channeled by the late Jane Roberts, often said that he had only one rule for changing one’s life. That was: The point of power is in the present. When we concentrate on the present, we experience our aliveness, the strength of the energy which flows through us. We learn to recognize that energy as power, the raw material with which we create ourselves and our worlds.

 

(Very) Active Meditation

 

Some forms of exercise, such as hatha yoga and tai chi ch’uan, which consist of particular patterns of movement, are recognized as forms of meditation. We believe that any form of physical activity can be meditational. The key is to be totally focused on what you’re doing.

 

When you’re exercising concentrate on the smooth, easy movement of your muscles, your breathing. If you swim, be aware of the feeling of the water. In hiking or walking, focus on the ground beneath your feet.

 

Sometimes, while swimming or walking, we silently repeat affirmations. To do this, repeat each affirmation three or more times, focusing on the instructions you’re giving your mind, visualizing that you are prosperous, or thin, or loved. We recommend physical exercise not only for its own meditative values, but because it discharges excess energy, the kind that creates worries and anxieties which can prevent us from being relaxed and at peace when we want to practice passive meditation.

 

(Not Very) Passive Meditation

 

Passive meditation generally involves sitting or lying down. Create a time during which you’ll be undisturbed. Take the phone off the hook. Go into a room where you’ll be alone. Create this as a special time for yourself.

 

You may want to start off with a guided meditation tape. This will help direct your mind into appropriate channels. You can also direct passive meditation by silently repeating affirmations. When you feel comfortable with these forms of meditation you can begin to guide your meditations.

 

We like to listen to meditation music (which can be any kind of music which makes you feel relaxed and calm) on a mp3-type device. This is especially helpful when garbage is being collected, fire engines are blaring, or strangers have entered your life by having a fight outside your window.

 

Concentrate on your breathing, following each inhale and exhale, feeling energy flowing from your feet to your head and back. Do this for as long as you can. If you find yourself wondering whether you’ve paid the rent, or thinking about what you’ll have to eat when you’re finished meditating, let those thoughts drift away.

 

It may help for you to imagine that you have a feather duster with which to brush them out of your mind. You’ll find that your ability to meditate improves with practice. In passive meditation, you’re developing psychic and mental muscles. As you learn to silence distracting thoughts, you’ll begin to receive messages from your intuitive mind: new ideas, creative solutions to problems.

 

You may want to ask specific questions of your intuitive mind. Don’t worry if the answer doesn’t come right away. It may occur to you a few minutes or a few days later.

 

Crystal Concentration

 

We have noticed that the quality of our meditations improved immeasurably when we started making crystals part of our meditation. Crystals help to focus our energy, and thus our thoughts. They raise our vibrations and energy level and help to turn our attention from everyday concerns to our greater purposes in being alive.

 

The simplest way to introduce crystals into your meditation is to hold a clear quartz in one or both of your hands. To receive light and energy, hold the quartz with point facing you. To project your wishes into the universe (as when you’re repeating affirmations), face the points away from you.

 

Chakra Balancing

 

crystal, crystals, vibrations, Native American, heal, yoga, meditation, guided meditation, 3rd eye, chakraFor stress reduction and overall energizing, place quartz points (they may be very small) at the base of the spine, just above the pubic bone, on the navel, heart, throat, 3rd eye (between the eyebrows), and at the top of your head.

 

These seven chakra points can be further activated by slowly rotating a quartz point over them. If you find that, despite your best efforts, you’re still worrying when you want to be meditating, place an amethyst on the third eye. If you’re feeling extremely depressed or spaced out, hold a smoky quartz. Before long you’ll discover that you intuitively know what stones you want to be with on a particular day.

 

We believe that your intuition will generally be opened if you begin the practice of daily meditation. It is a discipline, and there will be times when you’d rather read the newspaper or call a friend, or do anything in the world except meditate. Persevere. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Chakras, Color & Gemstones

 

There is no homogeneous system for classification of the chakras, either by body location or by color. We have found that the system used by Katrina Raphaell, author of Crystal Enlightenment, Crystal Healing and The Crystalline Transmission gives us the best results.

 

After working with crystals and the ideas presented in this article, you may notice that you are developing a new consciousness, a new belief system which stretches the limits in which you were living before. There is a new inner freedom in which anything becomes possible as long it is in harmony with your deep heart’s core. This is the gift crystals give us.

THE BENEFITS OF WALKING MEDITATION

Posted on 13 June, 2018 at 7:45 Comments comments (0)



THE BENEFITS OF WALKING MEDITATION


Walking meditation also called kinhin, is a powerful way to put mindfulness into action and learn to integrate it into daily life. While sitting meditation is extremely valuable and a crucial step toward learning to observe thoughts and quiet the mind, it is a passive experience. Walking meditation as a practice helps to bridge the gap between the rarified air of sitting meditation and bringing this mindful energy into "real world" activities.

 

While walking meditation initially takes place in a monastery, garden or other tranquil space, the idea is for the practitioner to eventually be able to "meditate" in all areas of life; that is, to be mindful, present and appreciative whether sitting quietly in meditation or out and active in the world.

 

Basic Walking Meditation

 

In walking meditation, practitioners focus on every sensation associated with the experience of walking instead of allowing their minds to drift, wander, obsess about the past, or worry about the future.

 

The goal of walking meditation is the same as many forms of meditation -- to focus on the timeless present moment. Walking meditation settles the mind as the practitioner "watches" the sensation of each foot as it touches the ground, the movement of their muscles and limbs as they walk, and the sensation of each breath, in and out.

 

Becoming More Present

 

While this is the ideal, in the beginning stages, the mind will likely stray from the present moment from time to time while walking. If this happens, the practitioner is encouraged to just "watch" this happen without any judgment, then gently return their awareness to the present moment, back to the sensations of walking in the here and now.

 

Over time, distractions and the "monkey mind" will exert less of a pull on attention, and the practitioner will be able to stay fully engaged and present in the activity of walking without any mind chatter. In this tranquil state, the "watcher" dimension grows stronger, and the blissful experience of "no-self" emerges. Thoughts, suffering and impermanence in life are observed, but not identified with. The eternal ground state of Being comes to the foreground.

 

Bringing Mindfulness into the "Real World"

 

As the practitioner is better able to be in this peaceful, non-attached state while walking in a tranquil garden or setting, they will eventually be able to carry it forward into real-world situations: while walking to and from their car, while walking to the business meeting, or while walking to their child's parent-teacher conference.

 

Eventually, this mindful, peaceful state can be with them in the times between walking meditation as well -- while driving, throughout their workday, and while at home with their family.

 

Why not give walking meditation a try? It just might be the perfect way to bridge the gap between sitting meditation and your "real world" activities.

Boost Immune system Naturally & Boost Immunity Part 1

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Boost Immune system Naturally & Boost Immunity Part 1

 

There are many disease we can do without if we eat healthy, wise and feed our spirit. When the Immune system is healthy we are one step closer in seeing how important, the Immune system to our journey through life. CLEAN LYMPHATICS- Your lymphatic system picks up metabolic wastes and environmental toxins from throughout your body and excretes them through your skin or bowel. When your "glands are up"(your lymph nodes are swollen ) this is a sign they have gathered an amount of toxic waste ( i.e they are doing their job ). When you get sick your lymph nodes help isolate the infection. As the infection passes they should slowly and safely excrete their wastes. Unfortunately, in modern times we have many toxins in our body which it was never designed to deal with so the lymphatic system is often permanently congested and sluggish. Exercise helps pump lymph and clean this system through sweating. To cleans the lymphatic system there are specific herbs which can achieve this. Check our web page on food and health for more information at www.journyman1.com. HEALTHY BLOOD:- "DIRTY BLOOD" is a naturopathic term referring to blood laden with waste products. Iron deficiency can contribute to this. Good iron levels are necessary to oxygenate all the cells in the body and to burn out infection. The long terms effects of low iron levels are potentially very serious. For Vegetarians to get your iron intake know your lentils and vegetables.

What To Do When Your Mind Won't Let You Meditate

Posted on 11 June, 2018 at 8:30 Comments comments (0)


What To Do When Your Mind Won't Let You Meditate


“My mind just won’t shut up” is the most common excuse I hear when people explain to me why they can’t and don’t regularly attempt to make meditation a part of their daily life. It’s the reason why so many of us feel as if we are doomed to be victims of busyness and scrambled thoughts, never experiencing the peace that comes with daily quiet time.

 

As someone who has struggled with that same issue (and still at times find myself battling it), I know how difficult quieting your mind can be. But when we do experience those quiet moments, we understand how powerful they can be, how rejuvenated they can make us feel, and how much simpler our “big” issues can become.

 

Here are 6 techniques that I personally have found helpful in quieting my mind:

. Focus On What You See When You Close Your Eyes

If asked to describe what we see when we close our eyes, most of us would describe it as the colour black. However, the truth is that our closed eyes are often telling us a much more interesting story. Close your eyes right now, focus on what you see. Is it actually just the solid colour black? Or is it more of a mixture of colours, some of which are undoubtedly created by the lighting in the room in which you are sitting?

 

No matter what you see, when you actually pay attention to it, it’s definitely something that can draw quite a bit of your attention, and I’ve often found it to be a great starting point to quieting my mind. At the very least it helps to shift my mind away from scattered thoughts, instead closing in on one focused thought – one that often sparks the creative element of my brain, which starts looking for images amongst the colourful display.

 

2. Scan Your Body

Our bodies are pretty damn intricate, and when you actually break them down part by part they can be quite interesting to explore. When it comes to quieting your mind, this same intricacy can also be quite a powerful tool. One of my personal favourite ways to bring myself into a quieter state of mind is to scan my body from top to bottom, focusing on how each part feels as I pay attention to it.

 

Once you can move past the judgemental thoughts of how stupid or silly this seems, you may actually find yourself pleasantly surprised by how much energy you feel. I find that focusing on this energetic flow not only quiets my mind but shifts my focus to the internal elements of who I am, rather than the distractions of the outside world.

 

3. Stay Connected To Nature

As someone who just moved from a nature-filled suburb into a condo in the heart of downtown Toronto, the difficulty of finding ways to regularly connect with nature has never been higher, but I intend to make it work. I intend to make it work because I know how important it is to my own well-being, and because I know that nature is the perfect surrounding in which to find peace.

 

Nature is both colourful and happening like a city, but it manages to capture these elements in a way that is much more calming and connective, rather than rampant and distracting. The next time you are looking to quiet your mind, spend some time outdoors. Focus on how naturally a stream flows or how calmly a blade of grass sits and realize that you too can flow and be calm just as naturally.

 

4. The Power Of Your Breath

There’s a reason why the majority of guided meditations begin by instructing us to focus on our breath. It’s something that we all do, all the time, yet it happens and adapts so naturally that we can often go days without ever actually thinking about it. Giving some attention to your breath can be an incredibly powerful way to quiet your mind and relax your body in general.

 

A particular breathing pattern I’ll often practise when aiming to quiet my mind is to do 3 cycles of breath where I breath in through my nose for 4 seconds, hold the breath for 3, and then release through my mouth for another 4 seconds. I’ll also ensure that the breath inflates my stomach (rather than my chest), since this type of breathing in particular seems most calming.

 

5. Go Through What You’re Grateful For

We love inundating our minds with negative thought patterns and basking in reasons why people should feel sorry for us, but we rarely take the time to go through what we are appreciative of in life. This technique may not quiet your mind completely, but it certainly helps to shut up the Negative Nancy we often let run as a part of our auto-pilot.

 

I’ve found the best way to do this is to sit down with a paper and pen, and jot down – without judgement – everything in life that you are grateful for. It could be something as heartwarming as your loving pet, or as seemingly silly as your easily accessible parking spot at work. The bottom line is we all have things to be grateful for in life, and can gain a lot from taking some time to focus on them rather than on our seemingly insurmountable problems.

 

6. Drop The Label

So many of us admire people who can effectively meditate or quiet their minds, yet we also love labelling ourselves as incapable of being like them. I don’t mean to sound condescending, but just because you tried meditating once and ended up just thinking about dinner doesn’t mean you are incapable of experiencing a quiet mind.

 

Meditation, like everything else, is something that you need to work on and be committed to practicing. They say it takes about 21 days to develop a new habit, so why not push yourself to regularly practice something you’d like to experience rather than opt to take the quitter’s mentality? You have a lot more control than you may think!

7 Dangerous Lessons We Need To Stop Teaching Our Kids

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7 Dangerous Lessons We Need To Stop Teaching Our Kids


As a parent, you are a role model. But what kinds of lessons are you modeling? We all have our blind spots, and even cool parents can sometimes be oblivious to certain lessons that they’re teaching their kids, through their words and daily actions.

 

Here are 7 dangerous lessons that you've got to STOP teaching, today.

 

1. It's OK to disrespect your body.

 

Do you abuse your body by overeating or going on crash diets? Drink too much alcohol? Say cruel things about your appearance, when you look in the mirror?

 

Your child is learning how to value his or her body by watching your example. What kind of example do you want to set?

 

2. Relationships with electronic devices matter more than human relationships.

 

Do you sleep with your smartphone practically tucked under your pillow? Flip through emails on your iPad when your partner is telling a story at the dinner table?

 

If so, then you’re teaching your kids that intimate involvement with an electronic screen is more important than people sharing quality time with each other.

 

3. Dessert is a reward for being "good."


Ever say something like this to your child? “If you’re a good girl at Grandma's, you can have a cookie when we get home.”

 

Many well-intentioned parents bribe kids with food. It’s tempting to offer a treat as a reward for good behavior. It’s an easy, quick way to get kids to cooperate … at least, for a little while.

 

But it’s a dangerous lesson to teach — one that can result in unhealthy eating patterns that are tough to change later, as an adult.

 

4. It's OK to cheat ... as long as you don't get caught.

 

Here's an example:

 

“Oops, the waiter forgot to charge us for your meal. Guess we’re getting a free dinner, tonight! Come on, let’s go. Hurry!”

 

If you teach your kid that cheating is OK (as long as you don’t get caught) you’re doing your kid a tremendous disservice. Your kid is far more likely to cheat on a test, violate the law, or be unfaithful to a partner later in life. Because you’ve taught them that there aren’t any consequences … as long as you cover your tracks.

 

5. It’s OK to flake out.

 

Do you tell people that you’ll call them and then you don’t?

 

Do you say that you’ll finish something by a certain time, and then flake out?

 

When you consistently break your word, you’re teaching your child that personal integrity doesn’t mean much, and reliability isn’t important.

 

6. Sex can be used as a bargaining chip.

 

Do you withhold sex from your partner as a “punishment?” Or lay on tons of affection once he (or she) has done what you want?

 

Your kid might be too young to understand exactly what’s going on, but he or she will pick up on the underlying message: Sex can be used to control people and get what I want.

 

7. Other people’s needs and desires are more important than your own.

 

Do you hold back on sharing who you really are? Do you keep quiet, instead of asking for what you truly want?

 

It’s natural to want to be liked and accepted. But when you don’t follow your heart, you’re sending the message to your kid that what you truly desire doesn’t matter.

 

When it comes to your child’s future happiness and satisfaction, that’s one of the most dangerous lessons of all.…

 

If you’re reading this and feeling guilty because you’ve done things that you shouldn’t have, don’t be hard on yourself! (Punishing yourself for making a mistake — that’s yet another lesson that you don’t want to teach your kids!)

 

Instead, make a commitment to become more aware of how you behave, and celebrate the important changes that you’re going to make. Your kid learns from you, every day. From your words and actions. From your presence and absence. From the way you treat yourself and others.

 

You can choose to change the lesson plan … starting now.

What is Magic?

Posted on 10 June, 2018 at 8:15 Comments comments (0)



What is Magic?


When you look up the definition of magic – it’s unsurprisingly mundane. Influencing a course of events through ‘mysterious’ forces, or making things disappear? It seems much more than just something that has a delightfully unusual quality! Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 8.43.31 PM

 

Magic is something that transcends any specific definition because we are the ones to define it.

 

It is something that you decide exists or not. It is a way to view life, where the entire idea of the third dimension is a magical, abstract playground of possibility.

 

The other day I created a bunch of static electricity while petting my cat – and I thought okay THIS is magic.

 

Of course it can be measured scientifically, we can apply it to equations so we can logically understand it – but it’s magic. A trail of miniature electrical explosions shock my hand because of an unbalanced amount of protons and electrons?

 

We’re taught that everything that is ‘real’ can be examined scientifically and if we can’t logically understand it, then it must not exist or we’re being delusional.

 

Imagine how a child experiences the world; they navigate life through a dream like consciousness where the idea of magic and impossible or contradicting concepts logically make sense. If our global community was designed to support our right brain – we could all thrive in a system where the work we do revolves around feeling, passion and creativity.

 

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When you think of all this from the perspective that we are all creators, and if the synapses in our brain spontaneously and collectively shifted into everyone believing and understanding the ‘science’ behind things like magic, aliens, fairies etc, it would all manifest.

 

For that to happen we’d have to see the pattern of the universe – we’d have to understand energy on the smallest, fundamental levels to be able to fractal it up onto 3D physicality.We would need to literally SEE the geometries that make up this reality.

 

If we could see/feel/sense the energies that make up both matter and consciousness itself, we would understand that an alien or something impossible is just a certain sequence of spinning, fundamental geometries that – depending on how fast they spin will appear as solid matter. The faster they spin the more energy is let off in the form that we see as light.

 

What we call an angel is a consciousness that, fundamentally is made up of the same geometries as us.

 

Existing at a higher frequency means your consciousness is not limited to linear thinking, and you can hold exponentially more information.


The amount of energy it takes to exist on a higher plane with that immense level of knowledge is monumental comparing to a human

 

From our perspective, higher dimensional consciousnesses we label as angels or light beings are just as physical as us but appear to be emitting light because of the amount of energy they produce.

 

When we can combine our scientific, logical and mathematical understanding of the world with our intuition, creativity and the realization that on a fundamental level we are all one – then our interaction with reality changes completely.

 

It’s all math, and it’s all magic.

 

The Fibonacci spiral, the flower of life, it’s all living math that is the fabric holding consciousness together.

 

Within this evolving, infinite fabric holds every impossible idea and every contradicting possibility – there’s enough room within Source, the universe, consciousness – for every single thing to exist.

Researchers Finally Show How Mindfulness and Your Thoughts Can Change Your Genes

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Researchers Finally Show How Mindfulness and Your Thoughts Can Change Your Genes


With evidence growing that training the mind or inducing specific modes of consciousness can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body. A new study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of intensive mindfulness practice.

 

The study investigated the effects of a day of intensive mindfulness practice in a group of experienced meditators, compared to a group of untrained control subjects who engaged in quiet non-meditative activities. After eight hours of mindfulness practice, the meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences, including altered levels of gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation.

 

“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper that shows rapid alterations in gene expression within subjects associated with mindfulness meditation practice,” says study author Richard J. Davidson, founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

“Most interestingly, the changes were observed in genes that are the current targets of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs,” says Perla Kaliman, first author of the article and a researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona, Spain (IIBB-CSIC-IDIBAPS), where the molecular analyses were conducted.

 

The study was published in the Journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.

 

Mindfulness-based trainings have shown beneficial effects on inflammatory disorders in prior clinical studies and are endorsed by the American Heart Association as a preventative intervention. The new results provide a possible biological mechanism for therapeutic effects.

 

Gene Activity Can Change According To Perception

 

According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, gene activity can change on a daily basis. If the perception in your mind is reflected in the chemistry of your body, and if your nervous system reads and interprets the environment and then controls the blood’s chemistry, then you can literally change the fate of your cells by altering your thoughts.

 

In fact, Dr. Lipton’s research illustrates that by changing your perception, your mind can alter the activity of your genes and create over thirty thousand variations of products from each gene. He gives more detail by saying that the gene programs are contained within the nucleus of the cell, and you can rewrite those genetic programs through changing your blood chemistry.

 

In the simplest terms, this means that we need to change the way we think if we are to heal cancer. “The function of the mind is to create coherence between our beliefs and the reality we experience,” Dr. Lipton said. “What that means is that your mind will adjust the body’s biology and behavior to fit with your beliefs. If you’ve been told you’ll die in six months and your mind believes it, you most likely will die in six months. That’s called the nocebo effect, the result of a negative thought, which is the opposite of the placebo effect, where healing is mediated by a positive thought.”

 

That dynamic points to a three-party system: there’s the part of you that swears it doesn’t want to die (the conscious mind), trumped by the part that believes you will (the doctor’s prognosis mediated by the subconscious mind), which then throws into gear the chemical reaction (mediated by the brain’s chemistry) to make sure the body conforms to the dominant belief. (Neuroscience has recognized that the subconscious controls 95 percent of our lives.)

 

Now what about the part that doesn’t want to die–the conscious mind? Isn’t it impacting the body’s chemistry as well? Dr. Lipton said that it comes down to how the subconscious mind, which contains our deepest beliefs, has been programmed. It is these beliefs that ultimately cast the deciding vote.

 

“It’s a complex situation,” said Dr. Lipton. People have been programmed to believe that they’re victims and that they have no control. We’re programmed from the start with our mother and father’s beliefs. So, for instance, when we got sick, we were told by our parents that we had to go to the doctor because the doctor is the authority concerning our health. We all got the message throughout childhood that doctors were the authority on health and that we were victims of bodily forces beyond our ability to control. The joke, however, is that people often get better while on the way to the doctor. That’s when the innate ability for self-healing kicks in, another example of the placebo effect.

 

Mindfulness Practice Specifically Affects Regulatory Pathways

 

The results of Davidson’s study show a down-regulation of genes that have been implicated in inflammation. The affected genes include the pro-inflammatory genes RIPK2 and COX2 as well as several histone deacetylase (HDAC) genes, which regulate the activity of other genes epigenetically by removing a type of chemical tag. What’s more, the extent to which some of those genes were downregulated was associated with faster cortisol recovery to a social stress test involving an impromptu speech and tasks requiring mental calculations performed in front of an audience and video camera.

 

Biologists have suspected for years that some kind of epigenetic inheritance occurs at the cellular level. The different kinds of cells in our bodies provide an example. Skin cells and brain cells have different forms and functions, despite having exactly the same DNA. There must be mechanisms–other than DNA–that make sure skin cells stay skin cells when they divide.

 

Perhaps surprisingly, the researchers say, there was no difference in the tested genes between the two groups of people at the start of the study. The observed effects were seen only in the meditators following mindfulness practice. In addition, several other DNA-modifying genes showed no differences between groups, suggesting that the mindfulness practice specifically affected certain regulatory pathways.

 

The key result is that meditators experienced genetic changes following mindfulness practice that were not seen in the non-meditating group after other quiet activities — an outcome providing proof of principle that mindfulness practice can lead to epigenetic alterations of the genome.

 

Previous studies in rodents and in people have shown dynamic epigenetic responses to physical stimuli such as stress, diet, or exercise within just a few hours.

 

“Our genes are quite dynamic in their expression and these results suggest that the calmness of our mind can actually have a potential influence on their expression,” Davidson says.

 

“The regulation of HDACs and inflammatory pathways may represent some of the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic potential of mindfulness-based interventions,” Kaliman says. “Our findings set the foundation for future studies to further assess meditation strategies for the treatment of chronic inflammatory conditions.”

The Tibetan Singing Bowl

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The Tibetan Singing Bowl

Sound is a vibration that resonates with the soul, which can be felt in every cell of our body. Sound has the power to heal not only on a physical level but also on emotional and spiritual levels.

 

The Tibetan Singing bowls, which are standing bells, rather than hanging inverted or attached to a handle, that rest on the bottom surface. The sides and rim of singing bowls vibrate to produce deep and soothing sound.

 

Traditionally, singing bowls were used throughout Asia as part of Bön (Lhasa dialect, the word bon means ‘religion’ and is the oldest spiritual tradition of Tibet.) and Tantric Buddhist Sadhana. The use of singing bowls in Tibet is the subject of much debate and many stories. Some people say they were used for meditation while others say they were magical tools for healing and transformation of self and of matter.

 

Chinese Buddhists use the singing bowl to accompany the wooden fish during chanting, striking it when a particular phrase in a sutra is sung. In Japan and Vietnam, singing bowls are similarly used during chanting and may also mark the passage of time or signal a change in activity. Today they are employed worldwide both within and without these spiritual traditions, for meditation, relaxation, health care, personal well-being and religious practice.

  

 

Our Experience with the Tibetan Singing Bowl: The moment I began to use the singing bowl, I knew it had a deeper purpose, you start off by banging the stick on the side of the bowl, then you rub the stick around the bowl in such a way that you take control of the vibration and by rotating this vibration around the bowl with speed and altitude of the friction you can create different frequencies and sound. But what was more interesting is the way your body reacts to the vibrations that are flowing in through your hand.

 

The feeling of peace descending through you as you churn the bowl and focus on the sound and the control of the vibrations in your hand. It seems so magical its pretty unbelievable what the bowl can do to you. The Old and the New: Traditionally, antique singing bowls were made of Panchaloga (five metals in Sanskrit), a bronze alloy of copper, tin, zinc and iron and other metals. Antiques often include silver, gold and nickel, they produce multiphonic and polyharmonic overtones which are unique to the antique instruments.

 

The subtle yet complex multiple harmonic frequencies are a special quality of the high quality bronze alloy. Singing bowls are no longer made in the traditional way and is considered a lost art. Antique singing bowls are highly prized and collected worldwide. Their popularity is due to their fine craftsmanship and remarkable sound.

 

 

The aging process seems to improve the tone and centuries old antiques produce an incredibly rich and beautiful sound. While the new singing bowls are made from industrial quality metal, mainly copper and are exported widely from Nepal and India. New singing bowls and crystal bowls do not produce the warm and complex tone of fine antiques. They sound like clear and simple bells, without the warm undertones and bright harmonic overtones for which antiques are famous.

A Journey Through Self

Posted on 9 June, 2018 at 4:45 Comments comments (0)



A Journey Through Self

“No one serves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha

 

While we understand the implications of this statement we can only know through experience the gravity of this knowledge that’s so commonly tossed away into our mind. I first realized the intention behind this when I finally managed to move my consciousness through my body and sensed that several sensations although constantly changing, were present throughout my body and what was actually moving was my internal gaze of awareness as I journeyed from my head to toes.

 

As I moved from one inch of my physique to the other, I could feel several tiny particles vibrating which revealed the true state of our physical structure at the molecular level and its nature; a constant vibratory change. I kept moving my awareness up and down at a slow yet constant pace, and while I moved and felt different vibrations I experienced different emotions – joy, euphoria, lust, sorrow – with different sensations of cold, warm, hot, fire, tickles, pricks, pinches to identify a few for general association.

 

Each moment I traversed this holy path through these emotions and sensations, the esoteric phenomena revealed itself with increasing pace and I was confronted with distractions etched from my subconscious baggage, trauma and happiness. At this stage I realized the reality of our existence is to detach ourselves from the grosser manifestations of reality to the most subtle ones within ourselves, as we interact with the world external to our only true home on this plane; our body! Through working with this we can realize that any thing that comes into our lives and begins to cause us joy or sorrow is but a passing whim.

 

And we can finally dance to the tides of time riding each wave. The sense of right and wrong, good and bad are tailored by our subconscious conditioning to satisfy and calm the ever-challenged ego as it struggles to attain its context torn between the several fabricated tools of mankind: democracy, society, consumerism, capitalism.

 

All different heads of a terrorizing giant, yet a loving serpent we have created and called ‘life’ for the entertainment of the ego, while we wither waiting yet another force of pure fabrication; God & Judgment. We are thus further deluded in our obscurity from the spiritual trajectory. In order to break this hold of mistaken identity crisis to reality we need to elevate the need for identity while working in the higher realms of consciousness to only retain our purest intent and essence and not the build up of blocked energy from our material and worldly games.

 

All sense of boundaries need to be destroyed individually within ourselves in order to function at a higher frequency or we are likely to be pulled out of our bodies while still holding on to our material existence during spiritual journeys and visions. The gravity of the subconscious unearthing of emotions and beliefs during spiritual progression can be strenuous and challenging to deal with.

 

Every breakthrough in the spiritual essence of the word requires demolishing obstructions esoterically and in such situations if we are alone or in an unprotected space the consequences have a potential to be life threatening, as we are in the particulate flow of the catharsis of evolutionary change.

 

In these situations we are suddenly confronted by our infinite potential for communication and convergence with higher entities. But in order to communicate with them in their world we need to escape the ‘idea’ of this one. Although we exist together with the higher planes we are removed by our delusions of reality as we grasp for control, and so we turn to religious belief to battle forces we don’t understand.

 

When we are faced with the reality of spiritual progression we need to be prepared for rapid expansion and to let go of all the beliefs and notions we hold about the laws of reality. As only when we unlearn the lie can we glimpse the truth, and only we can provide ourselves with these means of breaking down the Walls of Jericho guarding our consciousness.

 

“Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can. Because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” – Carl Sagan This life is our journey as an individual through its ephemeral confines. Anyone we meet along this journey are all in fact headed the same way but its prudent to remember, there are no piggybacks or collective journeys in the esoteric realm…


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