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Scientific Benefits of Meditation

Posted on 15 August, 2018 at 8:40 Comments comments (0)



Scientific Benefits of Meditation

We all have heard that “meditation is good for you”. But good in what terms? Is that just reports from people doing it for 10 years, or are there good scientific studies showing specific benefits that I care about?

 

In this massive article I have summarised several scientific discoveries on the benefits of meditation. Over 100 studies were analysed (some of which were already analysis of other hundreds of studies), and categorised the findings into 76 benefits (divided into 46 subheadings). You will be surprised in reading some of these.You will noticed that on many blogs and forums when people answer the question “why should I meditate” or “what are the benefits of meditation”, they do mention a few benefits, but leave a lot behind. Or they often lack scientific evidence backing up what they say. There are over 3,000 scientific studies on the benefits of meditation2, but I have not found any blog that compiles hundreds of researches into an organised article, so decided to fill in the gap.

 

These studies were based on different “styles” of meditation, and I have included details, whenever relevant. Some effects, such as increased compassion and social bonding, are more salient as a result of specific types of meditation (such as loving-kindness Buddhist meditation). However, my understanding and personal practice is that any kind of authentic meditation will include most of these benefits, in one degree or another.

 

Some of the studies indicated that meditating even 20 minutes per day for a few weeks was already enough to start experiencing the benefits.

 

1. Brain & Moods

 

Mindfulness practices decreases depression

 

In a study conducted at five middle schools in Belgium, involving about 400 students (13 ~ 20 years old), Professor Filip Raes concludes that “students who follow an in-class mindfulness program report reduced indications of depression, anxiety and stress up to six months later. Moreover, these students were less likely to develop pronounced depression-like symptoms.”

 

Another study (University of California), made with patients with past depression, concluded that mindfulness meditation decreases ruminative thinking and dysfunctional beliefs.

 

Yet another concludes that mindfulness meditation may be effective to treat depression to a similar degree as antidepressant drug therapy”.

 

Sources: ScienceDaily, Link Springer, Jama Network

 

Mindfulness meditation helps treat depression in mothers to be

 

High-risk pregnant women who participated in a ten-week mindfulness yoga training saw significant reductions in depressive symptoms, according to a University of Michigan Health System pilot feasibility study. The mothers-to-be also showed more intense bonding to their babies in the womb. The findings were published inComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

 

Source: Medical News Today

 

Meditation practices help regulate mood and anxiety disorders

 

This is also the conclusion of over 20 randomised control studies taken from PubMed, PsycInfo, and the Cochrane Databases, involving the techniques of Meditation, Meditative Prayer, Yoga, Relaxation Response.

 

Another research concludes that mindfulness meditation may be effective to treat anxiety to a similar degree as antidepressant drug therapy.

 

(Somebody please tweet that! The world needs to hear!)

 

Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Jama Network

 

Meditation reduces stress and anxiety in general

 

A study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison indicates that the practice of “Open Monitoring Meditation” (such as Vipassana), reduces the grey-matter density in areas of the brain related with anxiety and stress. Meditators were more able to “attend moment-to-moment to the stream of stimuli to which they are exposed and less likely to ‘get stuck’ on any one stimulus. ”

 

“Open Monitoring Meditation” involves non-reactively monitoring the content of experience from moment-to-moment, primarily as a means to recognize the nature of emotional and cognitive patterns.

 

There are other studies as well, for which I simply present the link below, to avoid repetition.

 

Sources: NCBI, Wiley Online Library, The American Journal of Psychiatry, ScienceDirect, American Psychological Association, American Psychosomtic Medicine Journal, Medical News Today

 

Meditation helps reduce symptoms of panic disorder

 

In a research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, 22 patients diagnosed with anxiety disorder or panic disorder were submitted to 3 months meditation and relaxation training. As a result, for 20 of those patients the effects of panic and anxiety had reduced substantially, and the changes were maintained at follow-up.

 

Source: American Journal of Psychiatry

 

Meditation increases grey matter concentration on the brain

 

A group of Harvard neuroscientists ran an experiment where 16 people were submitted to an eight-week mindfulness course, using guided meditations and integration of mindfulness into everyday activities. The results were reported by Sara Lazar, PhD. At the end of it, MRI scans show that the grey matter concentration increases in areas of the brain involved in learning and memory, regulating emotions, sense of self, and having perspective.

 

Other studies also show a larger hippocampal and frontal volumes of grey matter for long-term meditators.

 

Sources: Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging, ScienceDirect

 

What meditation does to your brain

 

Meditation acutely improves psychomotor vigilance, and may decrease sleep need

 

On a research conducted by the University of Kentucky, participants were tested on four different conditions: Control (C), Nap (N), Meditation (M) and Sleep Deprivation plus Meditation. Non-meditators, novice meditators and experienced meditators were part of the experiment. The results suggest that:

 

Meditation provides at least a short-term performance improvement even in novice meditators. In long term meditators, multiple hours spent in meditation are associated with a significant decrease in total sleep time when compared with age and sex matched controls who did not meditate. Whether meditation can actually replace a portion of sleep or pay-off sleep debt is under further investigation.

 

Sources: NCBI, DoctorsOnTM, Time Magazine

 

Long-term meditation enhances the ability to generate gamma waves in the brain

 

In a study with Tibetan Buddhist monks, conducted by neuroscientist Richard Davidson of the University of Wisconsin, it was found that novice meditators “showed a slight increase in gamma activity, but most monks showed extremely large increases of a sort that has never been reported before in the neuroscience literature”.

 

Source: The Wall Street Journal

 

Meditation helps reduce alcohol and substance abuse

 

Three studies made with Vipassana meditation in incarcerated populations suggested that it can help reduce alcohol and substance abuse.

 

Source: Journal Of Alternative and Complementary Medicine1

 

2. Mind & Performance

 

Meditation improves your focus, attention, and ability to work under stress

 

A study led by Katherine MacLean of the University of California suggested that during and after meditation training, subjects were more skilled at keeping focus, especially on repetitive and boring tasks.

 

Another study demonstrated that even with only 20 minutes a day of practice, students were able to improve their performance on tests of cognitive skill, in some cases doing 10 times better than the group that did not meditate. They also performed better on information-processing tasks that were designed to induce deadline stress.

 

In fact, there is evidence that meditators had thicker prefrontal cortex and right anterior insula, and also to the effect that meditation might offset the loss of cognitive ability with old age.

 

Sources: Time Magazine, NCBI, Link Springer

 

Meditation improves information processing and decision making

 

Eileen Luders, an assistant professor at the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, and colleagues, have found that long-term meditators have larger amounts of gyrification (“folding” of the cortex, which may allow the brain to process information faster) than people who do not meditate. Scientists suspect that gyrification is responsible for making the brain better at processing information, making decisions, forming memories and improving attention.

 

Source: UCLA Newsroom

 

Meditation gives you mental strength, resilience and emotional intelligence


PhD psychotherapist Dr. Ron Alexander reports in his book Wise Mind, Open Mind that the process of controlling the mind, through meditation, increases mental strength, resilience, and emotional intelligence.

 

Source: Dr. Ron Alexander

 

Meditation makes you stronger against pain

 

A research group from the University of Montreal exposed 13 Zen masters and 13 comparable non-practitioners to equal degrees of painful heat while measuring their brain activity in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner. What they discovered is that the Zen meditation (called zazen) practitioners reported less pain. Actually, they reported less pain than their neurological output from the fMRI indicated. So, even though their brain may be receiving the same amount of pain input, in their mind’s there is actually less pain.

 

Sources: Time Magazine, NCBI, David Lynch Foundation

 

meditation reduces pain

 

Meditation relieves pain better than morphine

 

In an experiment conducted by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre, 15 healthy volunteers, who were new to meditation, attended four 20-minute classes to learn meditation, focusing on the breath. Both before and after meditation training, study participants’ brain activity was examined using ASL MRI, while pain was inflicted in them by using heat.

 

Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., lead author of the study, explains that

 

This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain activation. (…;) We found a big effect – about a 40 percent reduction in pain intensity and a 57 percent reduction in pain unpleasantness. Meditation produced a greater reduction in pain than even morphine or other pain-relieving drugs, which typically reduce pain ratings by about 25 percent.”

 

Source: Huffington Post

 

Meditation helps manage ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)

 

In a study made with 50 adult ADHD patients, the group that was submitted to MBCT (Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy) demonstrated reduced hyperactivity, reduced impulsivity and increased “act-with-awareness” skill, contributing to an overall improvement in inattention symptoms.

 

Sources: Clinical Neurophysiology Journal, DoctorsOnTM

 

Meditation increases the ability to keep focus in spite of distractions

 

A study from Emory University, Atlanta, demonstrated that participants with more meditation experience exhibit increased connectivity within the brain networks controlling attention. These neural relationships may be involved in the development of cognitive skills, such as maintaining attention and disengaging from distraction. Moreover, the benefits of the practice were observed also in normal state of consciousness during the day, which speaks to the transference of cognitive abilities “off the cushion” into daily life.

 

The meditation practice examined was focusing the attention on the breath.

 

Source: Frontiers Journal


Meditation improves learning, memory and self-awareness

 

Long-term practice of meditation increases grey-matter density in the areas of the brain associated with learning, memory,

 

self-awareness, compassion, introspection.

 

Source: NCBI

 

Mindfulness meditation improves rapid memory recall

 

According to Catherine Kerr of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and the Osher Research Centre, “Mindfulness meditation has been reported to enhance numerous mental abilities, including rapid memory recall”.

 

Source: PsychCentral

 

Meditation improves your mood and psychological well-being

 

Researchers from Nottingham Trent University, UK, found that when participants with issues of stress and low mood underwent meditation training, they experienced improvements in psychological well-being.

 

Source: Link Springer


Meditation prevents you from falling in the trap of multitasking too often

 

Multitasking is not only a dangerous productivity myth, but it’s also a source of stress. “Changing gears” between activities is costly for the brain, and induces feelings of distraction and dissatisfaction from the work being done.

 

In a research conducted by the University of Washington and University of Arizona, Human Resource personnel were given 8 weeks of training in either mindfulness meditation or body relaxation techniques, and were given a stressful multitasking test both before and after training. The group of staff that had practiced meditation reported lower levels of stress and showed better memory for the tasks they had performed; they also switched tasks less often and remained focused on tasks longer.

 

Source: ACM Digital Library

 

Meditation helps us allocate limited brain resources

 

When the brain is presented two targets to pay attention to, and they right after one another (half a second difference), the second one is often not seen. This is called “attentional-blink”.

 

In an experiment conducted by the University of California, a stream of random letters was shown in a computer screen, in rapid succession. In each session, one or two numbers or blank screens would appear in the middle, and participants were later asked, immediately after the stream ended, to type the numbers they saw. They were also asked whether they thought a blank screen was shown or not.

 

Subjects that had undergone 3 months of intense Vipassana Meditation were found to have a better control over the distribution of attention and perception resources. They showed less allocation of brain-resource for each letter shown, which resulted in reduction in “attentional-blink” size.

 

Source: PLOS Biology

Meditation improves visuospatial processing and working memory

Research has shown that even after only four sessions of mindfulness meditationtraining, participants had significantly improved visuospatial processing, working memory, and executive functioning.

 

Source: ScienceDirect

 

Meditation prepares you to deal with stressful events

 

A study from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, conducted with 32 adults that had never practiced meditation before, showed that if meditation is practiced before a stressful event, the adverse effects of stress were lessened.

 

Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

 

benefits of meditation - creativityMindfulness meditation fosters creativity

 

A research from Leiden University (Netherlands) demonstrates that the practice of “open monitoring” meditation (non-reactively monitoring the content of experience from moment-to-moment) has positive effects in creativity and divergent thinking. Participants who had followed the practice performed better in a task where they were asked to creatively come up with new ideas.

 

Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

 

3. Body & Health

 

Meditation reduces risk of heart diseases and stroke

 

More people die of heart diseases in the world than any other illness.

 

In a study published in late 2012, a group of over 200 high-risk individuals was asked to either take a health education class promoting better diet and exercise or take a class on Transcendental Meditation. During the next 5 years researchers accompanying the participants found that those who took the meditation class had a 48% reduction in their overall risk of heart attack, stroke and death.

 

They noted that meditation “significantly reduced risk for mortality, myocardial infarction, and stroke in coronary heart disease patients. These changes were associated with lower blood pressure and psychosocial stress factors.”


There are also other researches pointing out similar conclusions, about related health conditions.

 

Sources: Time Magazine, American Heart Association, HealthCentral

 

Meditation affect genes that control stress and immunity

 

A study from Harvard Medical School demonstrates that, after a practicing yoga and meditation, the individuals had improved mitochondrial energy production, consumption and resiliency. This improvement develops a higher immunity in the system and resilience to stress.

 

Sources: Bloomberg, NCBI, American Psychosomatic Medicine Journal, Journal of International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology

 

Meditation reduces blood pressure

 

Clinical research has demonstrated that the practice of Zen Meditation (also known as “Zazen”;) reduces stress and high blood pressure.

Another experiment, this time with a technique called “relaxation response”, yielded similar results, with 2/3 of high blood pressure patients showing significant drops in blood pressure after 3 months of meditation, and, consequently, less need for medication. This is because relaxation results in the formation of nitric oxide, which opens up your blood vessels.

 

Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, NPR News

 

Mindfulness training decreases inflammatory disorders

 

A study conducted in France and Spain at the UW-Madison Waisman Centre indicates that the practice of mindfulness meditation produces a range of genetic and molecular effects on the participants. More specifically, it was noted reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation.

 

Source: University of Winsconsin Madison, & HealthCentral & Medical News Today

 

Mindfulness meditation decreases cellular-level inflammation

 

In the three studies below, the group that undertook mindfulness training had better results at preventing cellular level inflammation than the control groups.

 

Sources: ScienceDirect (1), ScienceDirect (2), ScienceDirect (3)

 

Mindfulness practice helps prevent asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease

 

In a research conducted by neuroscientists of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, two groups of people were exposed to different methods of stress control. One of them received mindfulness training, while the other received nutritional education, exercise and music therapy. The study concluded that mindfulness techniques were more effective in relieving inflammatory symptoms than other activities that promote well-being.


Source: Medical News Today

 

Meditation and meditative prayer help treat premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms

 

This is the conclusion of over 20 randomised control studies taken from PubMed, PsycInfo, and the Cochrane Databases, involving the techniques of Meditation, Meditative Prayer, Yoga, Relaxation Response.

 

Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

 

yoga and mindfulness reduce stress

 

Mindfulness meditation reduces risk of Alzheimer and premature death

 

Results from recent research, published online in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, states that just 30 minutes of meditation a day not only reduces the sense of loneliness, but also reduces the risk of heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s and premature death.

 

Source: HealthCentral

 

Mindfulness training is helpful for patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia

 

In a study published in PubMed, 11 participants that suffered from fibromyalgia underwent an 8-week mindfulness training. As a result, the researchers found significant improvement in the overall health status of the participants and in symptoms of stiffness, anxiety, and depression. Significant improvements were also seen in the reported number of days “felt good” and number of days “missed work” because of fibromyalgia.

 

Source: NCBI (1), NCBI (2), Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics Journal

 

Meditation helps manage the heart rate and respiratory rate

 

In a study published by the Korean Association of Genuine Traditional Medicine, practitioners of “Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique” showed a significant decrease in heart rate and respiratory rate for up to 8 months after the training period.

 

Source: KoreaScience

 

Mindfulness meditation may even help treat HIV

 

Quoting from a study from UCLA:


Lymphocytes, or simply CD4 T cells, are the “brains” of the immune system, coordinating its activity when the body comes under attack. They are also the cells that are attacked by HIV, the devastating virus that causes AIDS and has infected roughly 40 million people worldwide. The virus slowly eats away at CD4 T cells, weakening the immune system.

 

But the immune systems of HIV/AIDS patients face another enemy as well – stress, which can accelerate CD4 T cell declines. Now, researchers at UCLA report that the practice of mindfulness meditation stopped the decline of CD4 T cells in HIV-positive patients suffering from stress, slowing the progression of the disease.

 

(…;)

 

Creswell and his colleagues ran an eight-week mindfulness-based stress-reduction (MBSR) meditation program and compared it to a one-day MBSR control seminar, using a stressed and ethnically diverse sample of 48 HIV-positive adults in Los Angeles. Participants in the eight-week group showed no loss of CD4 T cells, indicating that mindfulness meditation training can buffer declines. In contrast, the control group showed significant declines in CD4 T cells from pre-study to post-study. Such declines are a characteristic hallmark of HIV progression.

 

Source: ScienceDaily

 

Meditation may make you live longer

 

Telomeres are an essential part of human cells that affect how our cells age. Though the research is not conclusive yet, there is data suggesting that “that some forms of meditation may have salutary effects on telomere length by reducing cognitive stress and stress arousal and increasing positive states of mind and hormonal factors that may promote telomere maintenance.”

 

Source: Wiley Online Library


Health benefits of Transcendental Meditation

 

There is an abundance of studies around the health benefits of Transcendental Meditation (a popular modality of meditation). In a nutshell, TM is found to

 

Reduce metabolic syndrome (American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine, June 2006)

 

Extended longevity (American Journal of Cardiology, May 2005)

 

Lower blood pressure in at-risk teens (American Journal of Hypertension, April 2004; and DoctorsOnTM)

 

Reduce atherosclerosis (American Journal of Cardiology, April 2002)

 

Reduce thickening of Coronary Arteries (Stroke, March 2000)

 

Reduce myocardial eschemia (American Journal of Cardiology, May 1996)

 

Help manage and prevent anxiety (here & here)

 

Helps manage cholesterol (DoctorsOnTM)

 

Help treat epilepsy (DoctorsOnTM)

 

Helps you stop smoking (DoctorsOnTM)

 

Creates a state of deep rest in the body and mind (Hypertension 26: 820-827, 1995)

 

Increases skin resistance (Phyysiology & Behavior 35: 591-595, 1985)

 

Clarity of thinking (Perceptual and Motor Skills 39: 1031-1034, 1974)

 

Sources: David Lynch Foundation

 

4. Relationships

 

Loving-kindness meditation improves empathy and positive relationships

 

meditation enhances psychological well-beingIn Buddhist traditions we find the practice of metta, or loving-kindness meditation, where the practitioner focuses on developing a sense of benevolence and care towards all living beings. According to a study from Emory University, such exercises effectively boost one’s ability to empathize with others by way of reading their facial expressions.

 

Another study points out that the development of positive emotions through compassion builds up several personal resources, including “a loving attitude toward oneself and others and includes self-acceptance, social support received, and positive relations with others”, as well as “feeling of competence about one’s life” and includes “pathways thinking, environmental mastery, purpose in life, and ego-resilience”.

 

Sources: ScienceDaily, NCBI, PLOS One

 

Loving-kindness meditation also reduces social isolation

 

In a study published in the American Psychological Association, subjects that did “even just a few minutes of loving-kindness meditation increased feelings of social connection and positivity toward novel individuals, on both explicit and implicit levels. These results suggest that this easily implemented technique may help to increase positive social emotions and decrease social isolation”.

 

Source: American Psychological Association

 

Meditation increases feelings of compassion and decreases worry

 

After being assigned to a 9-week compassion cultivation training (CCT), individuals showed significant improvements in all three domains of compassion – compassion for others, receiving compassion from others, and self-compassion. In a similar situation, the practitioners also experienced decreased level of worry and emotional suppression.

 

Sources: Stanford School of Medicine (also here), Sage Journals.

 

Mindfulness meditation decreases feelings of loneliness

 

A study from Carnegie Mellon University indicates that mindfulness meditation training is useful in decreasing feelings of loneliness, which in turn decreases the risk for morbidity, mortality, and expression of pro-inflammatory genes.

 

Source: ScienceDirect

 

Meditation reduces emotional eating

 

Scientists believe that Transcendental Meditation help manage emotional eating, which prevents obesity.

 

Source: DoctorsOnTM

 

mindfulness in schools5. Mindfulness For Kids

 

In a huge compilation of studies made about mindfulness in schools, MindfulnessInSchools.org presented research evidence for the following benefits for kids:

 

reduced depression symptoms

 

reduced somatic stress

 

reduced hostility and conflicts with peers

 

reduced anxiety


reduced reactivity

 

reduced substance use

 

increased cognitive retention

 

increased self-care

 

increased optimism and positive emotions

 

increased self-esteem

 

increased feelings of happiness and well-being

 

improved social skills

 

improved sleep

 

improved self-awareness


improved academic performance


There was also numerous reports of benefits for teachers and staff, including:

 

increased personal qualities of open-minded curiosity, kindliness, empathy, compassion, acceptance, trust, patience, and non-striving, and the skills of focusing, and paying and switching attention


improvements in physical and mental health that tend to follow the learning of mindfulness, including conditions particularly relevant to the teaching profession such as stress and burnout


improved teaching self-efficacy

 

improved physical health

 

increased ability to give more appropriate support for students by through being more motivated and autonomous

 

decreased stress


increased work motivation

 

improved spatial memory, working memory and sustained attention

 

Source: MindfulnessInSchools.org

 

6. Miscellaneous

 

Some more interesting facts about meditation:


Saying the OM sound before a surgery helps in preparation and recovery

 

Meditators are more able to affect the reality around us, in a quantum level

 

There is also some account of mindfulness meditation improving your sex life (here, here, and here)

 

Reduces race and age prejudice (Sage Journals)

 

7. Conclusion

 

In a nutshell, science confirms the experience of millions of practitioners: meditation will keep you healthy, help prevent multiple diseases, make you more happy, and improve your performance in basically any task, physical or mental.

 

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Boost Immune system Naturally & Boost Immunity Part 1

Posted on 15 August, 2018 at 8:35 Comments comments (0)



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.

Healing the Seven Chakras with Herbs

Posted on 13 August, 2018 at 8:15 Comments comments (0)



Healing the Seven Chakras with Herbs

Plants have been used as medicines for thousands of years to cure various ailments, gain wisdom and to help us connect with nature. There are scripts from 2500 BC about various plants and their healing properties. In India, there are several Vedas that mention about treating diseases using herbs and plants.

 

Plants have vibrational frequency that is in tune with our body and psyche. These vibrational qualities of plants can assist in balancing, healing and energizing the seven major chakras. The components of herbs interact with our energy system and remove toxic elements from our blood, enhance blood circulation and regulate the flow of oxygen.

 

If one uses the herbs appropriately, one can maintain a balanced state of mind, body and spirit, Here are some of the common herbs associated with the seven chakras –

 

First Chakra – Root

 

Dandelion roots

 

Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine. It connects us to the earth because that is where we receive all of the vital nutrients essential to our survival, and it is also where body toxins are released. The root chakra doesn’t just ground us physically, it also grounds us temporally by keeping us in the present moment.

 

An imbalanced root chakra can lead to problems in the legs, feet, rectum, tailbone, immune system, depression, autoimmune deficiencies. Dandelion root tea are found to be highly effective in the treatment of depression, gallbladder or high blood pressure. Adding in foods like: carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, onions and garlic, and anything else that roots itself, can have a soothing effect for our root chakra.

 

Second Chakra – Sacral

 

photos of White Gardenia flowers with yellow center

 

Gardenia flowers

 

Sacral Chakra is located below the navel near the abdomen between the ovaries for women and near the prostate gland for men. The fundamental quality of this chakra is pure creativity, attention, sensual expression, unencumbered by the ego.

 

When this Chakra is blocked it can lead to eating disorders, urinary tract problems, reproductive disorders, occasional headache, fever and emotional imbalances.

 

Calendula is an easy to grow herb that enhances your creativity in all areas of life. Another herb which is highly beneficial for the sacral chakra is Gardenia. One can put Gardenia roots and oil to multiple use, and its flowers are found to be very soothing for the senses as well, no wonder its also known as the happiness herb.

 

Sandalwood helps in curing many kinds of infection as it instigates new cell growth. You can apply sandalwood oil on your body before taking a shower or you can use it to create a good aroma in your house.

 

Other herbs & spices that are beneficial are Coriander, fennel, licorice, cinnamon, vanilla, carob, sweet paprika, sesame seeds, caraway seeds.

 

Third Chakra – Solar Plexus

 

Fresh Rosemary leaves

 

Rosemary leaves

 

The 3rd chakra or the solar plexus chakra is the power centre of emotions and positive self control. If this chakra is blocked we tend to feel unworthy and have a low self-esteem. Our emotional state is one of depression and anxiety. We tend to be doubtful and mistrusting toward others. This can lead to a plethora of physical problems: poor digestion, ulcers, diabetes, liver or kidney problems, anorexia, bulimia, and even intestinal tumors.

 

To unblock the energy flow, one can use lavender, bergamot or rosemary oil. Bergamot is great for the digestive system as it quickens the procedure of digestion causing less strain to the intestinal tract. In Mediterranean region, people consider rosemary as an essential herb for the stomach and intestines. One can put rosemary leaves in several dishes or you can use rosemary oil to cook dishes. Marshmallow too relaxes the third chakra and softens our efforts to control life.

 

It helps you to relax your diaphragm and reconnect to our breath.

 

Other useful herbs & spices are Anise, celery, cinnamon, lily of the valley, mints, ginger, mints (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), melissa, turmeric, cumin, fennel.

 

Fourth Chakra – Heart

 

Hawthorne berries

 

Heart Chakra is the centre of love, compassion and forgiveness of our body’s energy system. When this chakra is blocked, we tend to feel disconnected and have trouble loving ourselves and others. We tend to experience poor circulation on the physical level, lack empathy on the emotional level, and lack devotion on the spiritual level.

 

Many issues of love, grief, hatred, anger, jealousy, fears of betrayal, of loneliness, as well as the ability to heal ourselves and others are centered in the fourth chakra. A tea or tincture of Hawthorne berries increases trust in the process of life and encourages you to feel safe following your heart. It also helps to strengthen the heart and blood vessels. You can also use

 

Cayenne, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, rose, basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley for a healthy heart.

 

Fifth Chakra – Throat

 

red-clover-blossom-flower-4

 

Red Clover Blossom

 

Throat chakra is largely responsible for self-expression and communication. When this chakra is clear our speech becomes uplifting, wise and we can communicate our intent clearly. An unbalanced throat chakra leads to thyroid problems, laryngitis on the physical level, codependency on the emotional level, unclear thoughts on the mental level, and insecurity on the spiritual level. We often speak without thinking and have trouble expressing ourselves in an authentic way. It is also responsible for nervousness, fear and anxiety.

 

Red clover blossoms assist in allowing a free flow of communication and self-expression. A cup of red clover tea can unlock the emotions and thoughts that are waiting to be spoken. A research conducted by the University of Maryland, Medical Centre shows that lemon balm is capable of healing several ailments including thyroid. Eucalyptus oil is another beneficial oil for decongestion, simply rubbing few drops of oil on the throat will help.

 

Other herbs & spices that can help with the throat chakra is Coltsfoot, peppermint, sage, salt and lemon grass.

 

Sixth Chakra – Third Eye

 

drug-eyebright

 

Eyebright

 

Sixth Chakra or the Third Eye is associated with intuition and the pineal gland.

 

When this chakra is blocked we tend to lack in imagination and intuition resulting in poor decision making and self-deception. Physically, third eye weakness may manifest as eye/ear problems, headaches, migraines, insomnia, or even nightmares.

 

Mint, jasmine and eyebright are herbs used to open the sixth chakra. Eyebright helps to see both the light and dark sides as part of the whole, and is also used to cure eye problems. Mint has been found useful in curing depression, migraines and memory loss. It also increases connectedness between mind and body.

 

These are the herbs & spices that can energize and heal any imbalances in the third eye chakra, Juniper, mugwort, poppy, rosemary, lavender and poppy seed.


Seventh Chakra – Crown

 

lotus crown chakra

 

Crown Chakra connects us to the universal divine energy. This chakra is associated with wisdom, enlightenment and transcendence.

 

When our crown chakra is cleansed and open we experience divine union and cosmic love, stretching out forever. Our unique frequency is in tune with the cosmic orchestra. When our crown chakra is blocked or closed we feel disconnected spiritually, as though we are living without any direction or purpose. On a physical level, it can lead to depression, nervous system disorders, migraines, amnesia, ADD, dyslexia, and in the most extreme cases cognitive delusions and mental illness.

 

Lavender flowers and lotus assist in opening your seventh chakra. Lavender brings you into alignment with divine wisdom on a daily basis and is a popular herb for enhancing meditation. While lotus leaves and stems are widely used in Japanese and Chinese cuisine, and each part has its own set of benefits. Lavender is your best bet because it works well on all the chakras.

 

You can include plants in your life through taking herbs internally in the form of tea, or externally as a bath or aromatherapy, you can enhance the benefits by consciously connecting with their vibrational qualities

 

Reference & image sources

 

Herbs and Chakras

 

Root chakra

 

Herbs and Chakras

 

Chakras


Dandelion roots , Burdock

 

Gardenia flower, Rosemary leaves , Hawthorn berries , Red Clover

 

Eyebright , Eyebright

 

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Dissolving the Ego in Meditation

Posted on 13 August, 2018 at 8:10 Comments comments (0)



Dissolving the Ego in Meditation

While the ego works tirelessly to feed itself, the soul can ‘be’ to embrace itself. Meditation is a great way to ‘let go’ of the world around you. Meditation is the practice of turning inwards to the force that lies within. It is a tool that every human being has the ability to do, yet so few practice it. Why is that? It’s probably because the ego races the brain, and that most of peoples views of meditation are distorted. The mind may interpret meditation as something that ‘weird people‘ do, or people who need ‘calming down‘, or ‘those who do not fit in’. You may have heard how people say “I’m too busy to meditate” or “I don’t need to meditate“. Firstly, there’s a quote by Ajahn Chah, that goes like this: “If you have time to breathe, you have time to meditate.“, which is completely true.

 

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour“.

 

Believe it or not, meditation actually frees up more time for you because it enables you to see beyond your conditioning by using the contemplative eye, that is the eye of observation and awareness. It frees your mind to do plenty of other things. Your days will become more enjoyable. To respond to the second statement of “I don’t need to meditate“; meditation does not provide a need.

 

Meditation is the art of returning to your true-self. There is no need involved in this. Arguably, one could argue that it takes more strength to meditate than it does to lift heavy weights in the gym. After all, it must take willpower and resilience to ‘be still’, and observe the mind without judgement, in such a frantic world. Don’t confuse ‘being still’, with sitting still. Sitting still means doing nothing, whereas ‘being still’ implies the withdrawal and retreat to the center of your soul.

 

One more point that needs to be stressed is how the human brain perceives things. The mind cannot comprehend certain events or circumstances, so it will form its own picture, alienating those who do different things. This picture is generated on the basis of past events and experiences, all of which make up the ‘conditioned mind’. The ego in the mind makes people believe that some things in life should never be explored. This is a limitation. People are imprisoned by their thoughts. Nobody can tell you what meditation exactly is, nor what you will feel when doing it. You must do it yourself, before drawing a conclusion. If you cannot reach the peak of the mountain and see all of what surrounds you, then your opinion is invalid.

 

Eternal Peace

 

Ego destroys the present moment. How do you let go of ego? Well, the answer lies within. You simply don’t. Being aware of the ego automatically dampens it down, slowing its momentum, and eventually destroying it. You can manually shift the gears in your brain from automatic ‘doing’ mode to conscious ‘being’ mode. That being said, don’t over-think ego. Be still. Be aware. The ego will get bored.. And eventually leave too. I bet you have all heard of the phrase ‘a need for a need’? A hidden dissatisfaction of some sort. You ‘want’ something yet you are confused as to what you ‘want’. Maybe this dissatisfaction arises as a result of neglecting the soul?

 

Once the ego crumbles, your soul will be revealed. So what is the opposite of the ego? Peace. Wisdom. Love. Unity. All of these will arise. If you do not let go of ego, then life will be extremely difficult, and suffering may come (although that may be necessary for you to awaken to your true self). Realize that the present moment is all there ever is, even now, right now, this is a moment of your life that you should cherish. Smile! This realization will empower your inner being and nourish your soul with freedom and prosperity.

 

Letting go of ego, learning to ground yourself in the ‘here’ and ‘now’, and turning inwards to the deepest-most-inner-depths of your soul, will ultimately, lead to inner peace, and provide a great sense of worth. What a great revelation it is to know that the happiness you had been ‘wanting’ for so long, is actually inside of you. Start appreciating everything in life, even the moments that you think are ‘little’, and don’t take anything for granted. Discover your indwelling spirit that lies within.

 

 

How to Protect Yourself Against Cancer With Food

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How to Protect Yourself Against Cancer With Food

The rise in cancer in the West has paralleled the rise in factory farming and the use of processed foods containing vegetable oils and additives.

 

Orthodox methods for treating cancer (radiation and chemotherapy) do not prolong life. The best approach to cancer is prevention.

 

Traditional diets, containing animal and plant foods farmed by nontoxic methods, are rich in factors that protect against cancer. Many of these protective factors are in the animal fats.

 

Vegetarianism does not protect against cancer. In fact, vegetarians are particularly prone to cancers of the nervous system and reproductive organs.

 

Nutrients in Whole Foods that Protect Against Cancer

 

Vitamin A: Strengthens the immune system. Essential for mineral metabolism and endocrine function. Helps detoxify. True vitamin A is found only in animal foods such as cod liver oil; fish and shellfish; and liver, butter and egg yolks from pasture-fed animals. Traditional diets contained ten times more vitamin A than the typical modern American diet.

 

Vitamin C: An important antioxidant that prevents damage by free radicals. Found in many fruits and vegetables but also in certain organ meats valued by primitive peoples.

 

Vitamin B6: Deficiencies are associated with cancer. Contributes to the function of over 100 enzymes. Most available from animal foods.

 

Vitamin B12: Deficiencies are associated with cancer. Found only in animal foods.

 

Vitamin B17: Protects against cancer. Found in a variety of organically grown grains, legumes, nuts and berries.

 

Vitamin D: Required for mineral absorption. Strongly protective against breast and colon cancer. Found only in animal foods such as cod liver oil, lard, shellfish and butterfat, organ meats and egg yolks from grass-fed animals. Traditional diets contained ten times more vitamin D than the typical modern American diet.

 

 

 

Vitamin E: Works as an antioxidant at the cellular level. Found in unprocessed oils as well as in animal fats like butter and egg yolks.

 

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA): Strongly protective against breast cancer. Found in the butterfat and meat fat of grass-fed ruminant animals.

 

Minerals: The body needs generous amounts of a wide variety of minerals to protect itself against cancer. Minerals like zinc, magnesium and selenium are vital components of enzymes that help the body fight carcinogens. Minerals are more easily absorbed from animal foods.

 

 

 

Lactic Acid and Friendly Bacteria: Contribute to the health of the digestive tract. Found in old fashioned lacto-fermented foods.

 

Saturated Fats: Strengthen the immune system. Needed for proper use of the essential fatty acids. The lungs cannot function without saturated fats. Found mostly in animal foods.

 

Long-Chain Fatty Acids: Arachidonic acid (AA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) help fight cancer on the cellular level. They are found mostly in animal foods such as butter, organ meats, cod liver oil and seafood.

 

Co-enzyme Q10: Highly protective against cancer. Found only in animal foods.

 

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Compounds in Processed Foods that Can Cause Cancer


Trans Fatty Acids: Imitation fats in shortenings, margarines and most commercial baked goods and snack foods. Strongly associated with cancer of the lungs and reproductive organs.

 

Rancid fats: Industrial processing creates rancidity (free radicals) in commercial vegetable oils.

 

Omega-6 fatty acids: Although needed in small amounts, an excess can contribute to cancer. Dangerously high levels of omega-6 fatty acids are due to the overuse of vegetable oils in modern diets.

 

MSG: Associated with brain cancer. Found in almost all processed foods, even when “MSG” does not appear on the label. Flavorings, spice mixes and hydrolyzed protein contain MSG.

 

Aspartame: Imitation sweetener in diet foods and beverages. Associated with brain cancer.

 

Pesticides: Associated with many types of cancer. Found in most commercial vegetable oils, fruit juices, vegetables and fruits.

 

Hormones: Found in animals raised in confinement on soy and grains. Plant-based hormones are plentiful in soy foods.

 

Artificial Flavorings and Colors: Associated with various types of cancers, especially when consumed in large amounts in a diet of junk food.

 

Refined Carbohydrates: Sugar, high fructose corn syrup and white flour are devoid of nutrients. The body uses up nutrients from other foods to process refined carbohydrates. Tumor growth is associated with sugar consumption.

 

Source:

 

carolynakens.com

What is Magick?

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What is Magick?

 

Magick is a part of occult study, along with systems of divination and alchemy. In general, its the activity of trying to cause change toward a desired end through symbolic means. The objectives of Magick and the elements of its practice vary from one system or culture to another.

 

 

Generally the purpose of magick is to alter the self and the environment according to the will. It uses mental training, concentration, pshychic forces and a system of symbols to program the mind.

 

How do you spell Magick?

 

The word Magick with a ‘k’ is often used to distinguish between occult magic and stage magic. It’s use is most often associated with Aleister Crowley a famous and controversial practitoner of the occult in the early 1900′s. He describes it as “the Science and Art of causing change to occur in conformity with Will.”

 

Magick is not good or bad. It is a system to achieve something, therefore the outcome rests with the practitioner. You have free will and can do as you wish but you cannot escape the responsibility of cause and effect.

 

WHY MAGICK

 

Many systems have been developed over the ages to help us control our thoughts. A great amount of dogma too has been kicked around in an attempt to make us into better people. Magick (the occult kind, spelled with a ‘k’;) is one of the oldest and most general of these systems. Magick is the study and application of psychic forces. It uses mental training, concentration, and a system of symbols to program the mind. The purpose of magick is to alter the self and the environment according to the will.

 

Most of the magick we see today comes to us from ancient Egypt and Chaldea. The Chinese, Hindus, and Tibetans developed their own unique types of magick. Western magick was locked up by the Egyptian priests for thousands of years and then supressed by the rise of Christianity. It was not until medieval Europe that magical knowledge was rediscovered by the alchemists and Cabalists. Only during the past hundred years or so has western culture been open minded enough to permit widespread investigation of the subject. Only since the start of the twentieth century has science shown much interest in it al all.

 

PARAPSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIC PHENOMENA

Through parapsychology, we are gaining insights into the hidden nature of man. Parapsychology is a branch of psychology which studies psychic phenomena. It remains something of a frontier, even today. Perhaps one reason for this is that psychic phenomena are somewhat inconsistent. Nevertheless, there is strong evidence from numerous cases and experiments in support of psychic phenomena. Somehow, under the right conditions, the mind can directly affect the environment.

 

We may theorize that the human mind and body broadcasts a kind of psychic energy or force, much like a radio station. Kirlian photography, temperature effects, cloud chamber tests, and other experiments tend to support this theory. Although the exact nature of this psychic force is subtle and unknown, it is undoubtedly the energy behind all psychic phenomena and magick. However, it is *not* a radio wave, since it behaves somewhat differently. The psychic force is too weak to be measured directly (at least so far as we know). Everyone has some psychic ability. There are numerous types of psychic phenomena. Parapsychology separates them into two groups: ESP and PK…

 

EXAMPLES OF ESP

ESP, the abreviation for extra sensory perception, means the reception of information through paranormal means (ie. not regular physical senses of sight, sound, touch, smell, or taste). In theory, this is accomplished by receiving psychic force from outside the body. Here are some examples of ESP:

 

1) Clairvoyance, or Remote Viewing — the ability to sense or ‘see’ (non-physically) distant objects, places, and people.Individuals who see ghosts and spirits are probably clairvoyant.

2) Clairaudience, or remote hearing — the ‘hearing’ of paranormal information.

3) Astral Projection (OOBE) or Traveling Clairvoyance — Full experience at a remote location while the physical body sleeps.

4) Psychometry — the reading of information by the touch of physical objects.

5) Telepathic receiver — the ability to directly receive thought (communication) at a distance, with no physical connection to the sender. There are many everyday examples of this, in which we think something just as anotherperson is about to say it. This is an easy one to test for through experiment. Very dramatic cases of telepathy have been recorded; there is often an emotional element in such cases.

6) A ‘channel’ or medium, as in a seance, who is in direct communication with a ‘spirit’ or entity.

7) Experience with a Ouija board, pendulum, or automatic writing.

8) Precognition — to forsee the future. Again, highly emotional events are the ones most likely to be ‘tuned in’.

9) Retrocognition — knowledge of the past, by paranormal means.

 

EXAMPLES OF PK

PK, the abreviation for psychokinesis, is the active or sending side of psychic phenomena. The theory here is that psychic force is sent out from the individual. Examples of PK include:

 

1) Telepathic sender — the transmitter in the telepathy just discussed.

2) Psychokinesis (or telekinesis) proper — the ability to move objects by means of psychic force.

3) Somewhat along the same lines are poltergeist (noisy ghost) phenomena in which objects move of their own accord or noises are heard. There is always a human agent involved — frequently a teenage girl — who appears to be the source of psychic energy.

4) Psychic healing — the ability to heal various illnesses and infirmities. There are many documented cases of this. Usually it involves a healer and a subject, although there are recent cases invloving cancer patients learning to heal themselves.

5) Teleportation, apportation, and levitation. Some occultists feel a magician producing PK effects is simply a channel for universal energy. Others think the force originates some way directly within the magician.

 

THE SUBCONSCIOUS

Postulated by Freud and others, the concept of the subconscious mind is an important one. Basicly, this is the idea that part of the mind normally operates below or outside of ordinary consciousness and awareness. Dreams and hypnosis are examples of this. Also subconscious are the many automatic functions of the physical body such as respiration and digestion.

 

WHY DO MAGICK?

Magick encompasses many things — science and art, philosophy and metaphysics, psychology and comparative religion. Magick is an adventure at the borderlands of the unknown. It can fit the pieces of the puzzel of life into a meaningful whole.

 

Magick is fun and interesting. Use magick to help raise consciousness without drugs. Gain new experiences. Fantacy can come alive through magick. Psychic phenomena can be controlled and be fun and helpful.

 

Magick is beneficial. It can help you to have excellent health, and bring you good luck. With magick life runs smoothly; life is good. Also use magick for personality improvement, to control bad habits and to develop new motivations.

 

Magick is powerful. Never underestimate the tremendous power of magick. Use magick to alter events and to achieve your goals. Exert an influence over people and phenomena. But power for its own sake is self defeating. The power which magick can give you should not be your primary reason for studying it.

 

MAGICK AND WITCHCRAFT

A number of other occult disciplines are prevalent today besides magick. There are many cults and sects which profess their own views, but there are really few differences between them. One popular area in the occult today is witchcraft. This is far removed from the cliche of devil worship. Real witchcraft is a nature religion (pagan). Witchcraft has much in common with magick.

 

Alchemy also has much in common with magick. It’s heritage comes from the middle ages. Alchemy fathered chemistry and the physical sciences. But the avowed purpose of alchemy, turning lead into gold, is too limiting to be called magick. Sometimes the goal of alchemy is interpreted in another way, as the transformation of man into a spiritual being.

 

Tantra

 

Tantra (Which is Sanskrit for “weave”;), tantricism or tantrism is any of several esoteric (Restricted to or intended for an enlightened or initiated minority.) traditions rooted in the religions of India. It exists in Hindu, Bönpo, Buddhist, and Jain forms. Tantra in its various forms has existed in India, China, Japan, Tibet, Nepal,Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Korea,Indonesia and numerous other countries.

 

Tantra is an accumulation of practices and ideas rather than a single coordinated system. It has among its characteristics the use of ritual, the manipulation of energy, the use of the mundane to access the supramundane and the identification of the microcosm with the macrocosm. A practitioner of tantra seeks to use the divine power that flows through the universe (which includes his body) to attain his goals. These goals may be spiritual or material. In the process of manipulating energy he has a varity of tools at his disposal. These include yoga or bodily control to actuate processes that will connect him with the divine.

 

In Tantra, reality is pure consciousness , which is considered to be identical with both being and bliss. In Tantra, this being-consciousness-bliss is called Shiva-Shakti, a word which conveys the inseparable nature of Shiva, the Absolute, and Shakti, the power of creation. In Tantra, any conception of the Divine which does not include Shakti, or the power to become, is considered to be incomplete. Tantra insists that spirit and matter are aspects of one whole.

 

As Tantra has become more popular in the ‘west’ it has undergone a major transformation which has made western New Age appropriations of Tantra, very different from the original Tantric traditions of India. For most people , “Tantra” has basically become a synonym for “spiritual sex” or “sacred sexuality”, a belief that sex in itself ought to be recognized as a sacred act which is capable of elevating its participants to a higher spiritual plane. Though Neotantra may adopt many of the terms and concepts of Indian Tantra, the traditional reliance on a succession of ‘gurus’, extensive meditative practice, and rules of conduct both moral and ritual have been discarded.

 

Sexuality

 

Many esoteric systems use sexuality for spiritual and magical aims. Besides Tantra, examples of such traditions are witchcraft, shamanism, alchemy, and ancient Egyptian religion. Sexuality is a total sensory experience, involving the whole mind and body. It’s the interplay of physical, psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual makeup of an individual.

 

The sexuality of human beings comprises a broad range of behavior and processes, including the physiological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual or religiousaspects of sex and human sexual behavior. Philosophy and theology, also address the subject.

 

Sex Magick

Sex magic is the use of sex activity, or the energies, passions or arousal states it evokes as a point upon which to focus the will, intention, or magical desire in order to achieve spiritual advancement or effects in the real world. Western sex magick has its roots in Hebrew kabbalah and is spread further through several occult doctrines like the knights Templar and the free masons. One of the most prolific writer in regard to sex magick has been Aleister Crowley although his work in regard to this topic is often veiled, layered, ambiguous and can be difficult to read.


Geneticist David Suzuki Says Humans ???Are Part Of A Massive Experiment???

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Geneticist David Suzuki Says Humans ???Are Part Of A Massive Experiment???

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We are doing our part to try and spread the word about GMOs, (genetically modified organisms) but we’re not the only ones. Multiple public figures, scientists and researchers have been speaking out about GMOs for a number of years. For example, not long ago a former Canadian Government Scientist at Agriculture Canada, Dr. Thierry Vrain (one of many) spoke out against GMOs. Another prominent public figure, Geneticist David Suzuki has been a long time advocate against GMOs, and has been speaking out about how they can be hazardous to human health as well as the environment. Below, I’ve provided a video example of Suzuki explaining why he feels the way he does about GMOs. Public figures with a wide audience can have a great impact on the consciousness of the masses, they are great ‘tools’ for waking more people up to the reality that GMOs can be harmful to human health as well as the environment. It’s time to pay attention, do your own research and to question what you’ve been told. We can no longer trust branches of the government that deal with food and health, we must not take their word for it, it’s better if you actually look into it yourself rather than blindly believing what your are told.

 

It doesn’t seem to be much of a debate anymore, it’s clear that GMOs can indeed be harmful to human health. There is a reason why a majority of countries around the world have permanently banned GMOs, so what’s taking North America so long? One reason might be the fact that biotech corporations like Monsanto seem to be above the government and influence policy, but thankfully these things are changing. Big Island, Hawaii has recently banned all GMO products and bio-tech company products. Various bills calling for moratoria on GE food include Vermont, North Dakota, Boulder, Colorado, San Francisco and more.

 

This large movement against GMOs is not based on belief, multiple researchers and scientists all around the world have shown that GMOs can be harmful. Here is a study that shows how Bt toxins found in Monsanto crops can be damaging to red blood cells, and potentially cause leukemia. Here is another one that shows how GMO animal feed caused severe stomach inflammation and enlarged uteri in pigs. There have been multiple studies linking GMOs to cancer, and a range of other diseases. Scientists all over the world have come together to show their support for the ban of GMOs.

 

Along with GMOs come the pesticides, which have been linked to cancer, parkinson’s, autism and alzheimer’s, to name a few.

 

As you can see, alternative media outlets are not the only ones doing their research. Most who investigate this topic, and do the research for themselves will come to the same conclusions. This is what David Suzuki and many others have done as well.

By slipping it into our food without our knowledge, without any indication that there are genetically modified organisms in our food, we are now unwittingly part of a massive experiment.

 

The FDA has said that genetically modified organisms are not much different from regular food, so they’ll be treated in the same way. The problem is this, geneticists follow the inheritance of genes, what biotechnology allows us to do is to take this organism, and move it horizontally into a totally unrelated species. Now David Suzuki doesn’t normally mate with a carrot and exchange genes, what biotechnology allows us to do is to switch genes from one to the other without regard to the biological constraints. It’s very very bad science, we assume that the principals governing the inheritance of genes vertically, applies when you move genes laterally or horizontally. There’s absolutely no reason to make that conclusion.

 

Below is an article written by David Suzuki and Faisal Moola. At the beginning concerns with the 210 release of the super-genetically modified corn called ‘SmartStax,’ are mentioned which has now shown to be harmful to human health and banned all over the world. This article was written in 2009, but still has some good information.

 

By David Suzuki with Faisal Moola:

In gearing up for the 2010 release of its super-genetically modified corn called ‘SmartStax’, agricultural-biotechnology giant Monsanto is using an advertising slogan that asks, ‘Wouldn’t it be better?’ But can we do better than nature, which has taken millennia to develop the plants we use for food?We don’t really know. And that in itself is a problem. The corn, developed by Monsanto with Dow AgroSciences, “stacks” eight genetically engineered traits, six that allow it to ward off insects and two to make it resistant to weed-killing chemicals, many of which are also trademarked by Monsanto. It’s the first time a genetically engineered (GE) product has been marketed with more than three traits.Canada approved the corn without assessing it for human health or environmental risk, claiming that the eight traits have already been cleared in other crop seeds — even though international food-safety guidelines that Canada helped develop state that stacked traits should be subject to a full safety assessment as they can lead to unintended consequences. One problem is that we don’t know the unintended consequences of genetically engineered or genetically modified (GM) foods. Scientists may share consensus about issues like human-caused global warming, but they don’t have the same level of certainty about the effects of genetically modified organisms on environmental and human health!A review of the science conducted under the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development in 2008 concluded that “there are a limited number of properly designed and independently peer-reviewed studies on human health” and that this and other observations “create concern about the adequacy of testing methodologies for commercial GM plants.”

 

Some have argued that we’ve been eating GM foods for years with few observable negative consequences, but as we’ve seen with things like trans fats, if often takes a while for us to recognize the health impacts. With GM foods, concerns have been raised about possible effects on stomach bacteria and resistance to antibiotics, as well as their role in allergic reactions. We also need to understand more about their impact on other plants and animals.

 

Of course, these aren’t the only issues with GM crops. Allowing agro-chemical companies to create GM seeds with few restrictions means these companies could soon have a monopoly over agricultural production. And by introducing SmartStax, we are giving agro-chemical companies the green light not just to sell and expand the use of their “super crops” but also to sell and expand the use of the pesticides these crops are designed to resist.

 

A continued reliance on these crops could also reduce the variety of foods available, as well as the nutritive value of the foods themselves.

 

There’s also a reason nature produces a variety of any kind of plant species. It ensures that if disease or insects attack a plant, other plant varieties will survive and evolve in its place. This is called biodiversity.

 

Because we aren’t certain about the effects of GMOs, we must consider one of the guiding principles in science, the precautionary principle. Under this principle, if a policy or action could harm human health or the environment, we must not proceed until we know for sure what the impact will be. And it is up to those proposing the action or policy to prove that it is not harmful.

 

That’s not to say that research into altering the genes in plants that we use for food should be banned or that GM foods might not someday be part of the solution to our food needs. We live in an age when our technologies allow us to “bypass” the many steps taken by nature over millennia to create food crops to now produce “super crops” that are meant to keep up with an ever-changing human-centred environment.

 

A rapidly growing human population and deteriorating health of our planet because of climate change and a rising number of natural catastrophes, among other threats, are driving the way we target our efforts and funding in plant, agricultural, and food sciences, often resulting in new GM foods.

 

But we need more thorough scientific study on the impacts of such crops on our environment and our health, through proper peer-reviewing and unbiased processes. We must also demand that our governments become more transparent when it comes to monitoring new GM crops that will eventually find their ways in our bellies through the food chain.

 

Sources:

 

http://davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2009/09/more-science-needed-on-effects-of-genetically-modifying-food-crops/

~*DIFFERENT SYMBOLS AND THERE MEANINGS *~...

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~*DIFFERENT SYMBOLS AND THERE MEANINGS *~...

MYSTIC SYMBOLS

 

PENTAGRAM- Ancient time symbol of life. Representation,of earth,air,water,fire joining with spirit to create life. The wearing of the pentagram is mostly for protection and good health. If you hadn't noticed the average teaching of how to draw a star is actually a pentagram.

 

APPLES- When you cut an apple cross wise you can actually see,it reveals mother earths,own natural pentagram. Both of these are symbols of life.Protection of the pentagram is invoked in one way,by using the pentagram to draw out the sign of the cross. Beginning with the breast, with the right hand to the forehead,right breast,left shoulder,right shoulder,and back at the breast on the left.

 

This completes a cycle. The end is the beginning as the beginning is the end. This is a gate-less sign of protection. Also this was used way before Christians decided to use a four pointed cross to cross themselves.

 

DOUBLE PENTAGRAM- Represents the five stages of life for a woman's life. Birth,monarch,maternity,menopause ,and death. Double design it has represents,also her arms woven and inter-threaded, around this. This representation is of heaven and earth as one.

 

RINGED PENTAGRAM- Is representative of the male and female woven together as one to create perfect balance. This is considered harmonieous,and is still mystic in itself.

 

AIR- Represents the breath of life. It is also a male bridge between mind and body. You are considered restored to your original self with each breathe you take. Hope is a rest,dependent on breathing in breath. Air is also revered the life of spirit.

 

EARTH- She is revered as the heart beat. She also represents the circle of life. [east,south,west,and north]. Life is as below as it is above. This represents,equality,earth should be honored not ever wasted.She represents being responsible to care for someone other then yourself.

 

Fire- Is considered the heart of all of the people. Fire offers cleansing,and renewal. It's believed out of ashes comes new belief and ideas. Fire provides the glow that creates the color spectrum.

 

Such as candles sparkles ,and colors. Fire is revered by witches for the brightness,as to be their beacons.Smoke from fire carries our wishes and or prayers to our ancestors for us considered apart of love,passion,and rebirth. Fire is also deemed the eternal witness,in ceremonies too. The only request of fire is to not be misused.

 

PLANTS- Symbolized for most transformation. This is for one reason because they can be used for healing and of use to us in all other ways. Roots equal past,Trunks equal and represent life force in general. Branches are representative of goals. Fruits and flowers,are used to represent completion of the goal.

 

WATER- Revered for cleansing the soul.When rain falls it is thought to be cleansing the earth,and purifying the land. When air breathes we as people live to breath another day. As water oxygenates,individual for the air. Examples,lakes rivers streams, seas , oceans,brooks,lagoons ,wetlands,waterfalls ,and water sheds. Is revered liquid magic. Clean soothing ,and clear. Ice ,snow ,sleet,darkness,thickness,waves and motions. Water is revered female. mist fog clouds. Water shapes the world ,and the body within it. Water is honored,This is the reason it is said that we will never thirst for life and love ,it is a given. Water has its own spirit,this is why tears cleanse our souls.

 

ALL SEEING EYE- Representative of ,spirituality,sight,inner-vision, and higher knowledge.

 

THE OLD BELIEF IS THAT THIS WOULD CAST EVIL OR CURSE,OR BAD LUCK ,OR EVEN LOSS POSSIBLE DEATH ON YOU. The all seeing eye is a distortion,of the omniscient. Now days Wiccans for the most revere it to protect against evil or other bad magic or curses.

 

ALCHEMY- The simple 17th century sign revered as the combing of the geometric shape.

 

Elemental symbols ,and astrological signs. Each part represents the magical elements,and any foreseeing needed for magic work. In a quest for immortality,and spiritual elimination. This is rooted form the magic called kabbala.

 

ANARCHY- Too many Satanist,and faster growing darker occults groups. This is a representation of some of these groups slogans. " DO WHAT THAT WILT", It represents ASMODEOUS a demonic force,that drives people ,mostly young teens, to perversions or suicide. So this is believed by some.

 

AMULET- Magic charm,anything to ward off bad luck or evil . Illnesses and even wards against accidents if done right. Some amulets if made correctly can ward off other ill intended witches.

 

ANKH- A symbol of an Egyptian cross representing eternal life.life giving power of the sun and rebirth.

 

ANGELS- Representation,of good and evil ,through out the world, do to the angel ,and fallen angel beliefs. Different faiths,beliefs,paths,and occults,their angels and beliefs and what they look like differ for each variation in choice of belief.

 

ARROWS-Is a symbol,of the archer. Part of the zodiac. History shows its representation of ,war,power,rays of the sun, swiftness, and knowledge. Deities,like the Greek god,APOLLO,

 

The goddess ARTEMIS. Hindu believe it to be part of the symbol of the weather god for them.

 

Also associated with the god of sexual attraction EROS,cupid,Roman god KAMA. Cheyenne warriors revered it as a sacred medicine arrow as a symbol of male power. Arrows held by a skeleton,are revered to the majestic to point out death or even disease, or both. Most of the time these days they are more so used to point out a desired destination.

 

CHRYSTAL BALLS- Mostly used for the purpose of divination in magic. When used correct. Also known for fortune telling,scrying,and clairvoyance. When heavy crystal balls became expensive,witches,started using glass ball fishing floats. colored glass balls,and even for some mirrors. that have been cast to be magic. Some even say they use crystal balls to do psychic readings with them.

 

BAT-In the east this symbol is revered for good fortune. Mid-evil times revered it to be a symbol of evil,demons,and spirits.

 

BELL WITCH SYMBOL- Five points combined,symbol with a triangle as the central part facing down.

 

5 lines resemble a man with arms outstretched,and legs. Outstretched within a sacred or private circle. A pentagram is usually in the back ground. This is a mid-evil charm used by wizards and alchemist.

 

BUTTERFLY-For Christians,this is a reminder of transformation that takes place,through what they revere gods redemption. To pagans its mythical meaning is as being linked to the soul of the deceased,awaiting and looking for reincarnation.

 

SACRED BULL- Mostly revered as an Egyptians,idol. This being one of the manifestations of what they revere god. Meaning for being revived. We have chosen a smaller bull with horns,resembling a crescent moon,which is revered for the meaning divine. light/dark,sun/moon,life/death,and male/female.

 

CADUCEUOS- This word means staff of Hermes. The symbol dates back all the way to the Greek god Hermes.[messenger to god]. To Romans,he is revered mercury. To divine natural healers this is related to the energy center [ckakras]. The two serpents wrapped around the staff stands for negative and positive the same as equal.

 

CHAOS- Self taught occult,as a newly teaching is ,as meant the opposite of order. Since this belief in this symbol,changes everything. There is only a quest for pleasure for them left behind.An 8 pointed star,represents many directions of chaos. There are ways to follow this occultist belief. they warship angels/demons.

 

CIRCLE-Universal and ancient,this is a symbol of unity.wholeness. infinity of the goddess,the circle is considered female of power of the sun. To most pagans this represents the powerful force of feminine spirit. Also the cosmos. Spiritualist. Mother earth,and symbolizes sacred space.

 

CIRCUMPUNCT- This is a circle with a dot. This represents a sun god ,first payed homage to in Egypt,it was made of gold. It is also revered to show the emotional state of free masons. Also goes for the creative spark of divine consciousness within people. It has has also represented the universal joining of man of universal gods. [in that belief or path it makes everyone in the world co creators.]. In Hinduism ,and Buddhism,the Bindi [dot] represents [male force]. Together the circle and the bindi dot joined together,represents the joining of male and female forces together.

 

CIRCLED QUARTERS- Sacred circle,filled with a cross,in the center. Four equal parts,separated by one line,stemming from the center[this represent,north,east ,south and west]. To the spirits.

 

Also known as the basic elements. EARTH ,AIR WATER ,AND FIRE. Natives believe this is the basic line that represents their sacred medicine wheel. For them this plays a major role in their spiritual,rituals. Many tradition pagans consider it their main symbol,for transformation of the goddess's energy. Churches even use a variation of it they call it the Celtic cross.

 

CRESCENT MOON-Is a symbolism of the croan,an aging goddess.From victory over death is the belief of most moslomic people.

 

DRAGON- A mythical creature,believed to be made form many different animals. Animals such as serpents,lions,lizards,and birds,to name a few. All these animals combined are what is said to make this creature up. From being said to have more then one head all the way to breathing fire.To mid-evil Europe they where thought to be evil,and dangerous. Most eastern Asians believe,dragons to keep them and others safe from evil spirits. Some beliefs try to say a dragon represents,Lucifer,and his evil.

 

DREAM-CATCHERS- American Indians,magic spider web ,inside a sacred circle,always hung on over beds.Native Americans,believe the symbol,allows good dreams in and keeps bad ones out.

 

ELEMENTS-Four basics pagans believe,those to be earth,air,water,fire These first two are considered passive feminine. The second two are considered active ,masculine. In Wicca and native American cultures,The quarter wheel is representative of the medicine wheel. Sacred places ,and sacred earth ,both cultures agree on this.both pagan and native American. The four lines represent the elements. earth,air,water,and fire. It also represents the spirits of the elements.


EVIL EYE- Symbol of a fabled dreadful curse,that was said to cause,bad luck,loss, and even death.

 

In many cultures in this world ,this is revered a very scary symbol. The symbol shape varies through out each culture. Pagans present day for most revere the evil eye as a way to protect against evil,or bad intent. Also that it is believed to ward off evil spirits ,and hold bad curses at bay.

Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine

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Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine

“What does it mean to reclaim the feminine? It means to honor our sacred connection to life that is present in every moment. It means to realize that life is one whole and begin to recognize the interconnections that form the web of life. It means to realize that everything, every act, even every thought, affects the whole. And it also means to allow life to speak to us.” – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

 

In a world where the sword has forsaken the sheath, we are, as R. D. Laing wrote, “…effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love.” We are so busy cutting ourselves with the glory of the blade (covert, invulnerable, militaristic, masculine energy) that we don’t realize that the once healing properties of the sheath (overt, vulnerable, loving, feminine energy) has become dried up and nearly useless.

 

Feminine energy is the template of the human condition, and the divine matrix of the cosmos. We have systematically been suppressing the feminine for thousands of years now. But when we suppress the divine mystery of the feminine we also suppress something fundamental to our existence as a species. We unknowingly begin to differentiate between psyche and nature, forgetting that there is no differentiation. We overlook the fact that they are one and the same thing, interconnected.

 

When we isolate one, we isolate the other. As it stands, we have isolated ourselves from nature, and hence from the sacred feminine. So, on the one hand we have the rampant suppression of female energy, and on the other hand we have the aggrandizement of male energy. We have the ridicule of the feminine, and we have the glorification of the masculine.

 

This creates an unhealthy balance, not only within culture but within the human condition itself. It creates a plethora of egoistic individuals who believe that everything is separate and scarce, and very few individuated human beings who realize that everything is interconnected and abundant. The question is: how do we get more of the latter and less of the former, so as to evolve into a healthier species.

 

In the Divine Comedy, Dante travels through hell and purgatory in order to discover his feminine-self and the capacity to feel and love. Likewise, Faust, after not finding happiness in greed and excess, discovers it in the ability to be loving, tender, and warm. Like Dante and Faust, we too are in hell trying to find happiness.

 

And, also like Dante and Faust, the way we find it is through a reclaiming of the divine feminine. In a world run roughshod with masculine energy we must, as Luce Irigaray suggested, “assume the feminine role deliberately.” This doesn’t mean wearing dresses and splashing on makeup. This means tapping into that vulnerable place inside each and every one of us, that place that connects us to all things, that place that bursts with nurturing energy and divine love. Even women have been blocked from it and need to rediscover their own sacred nature. As for men, the act of tapping into the Jungian archetype, anima, has never been more important.

 

Doing so would launch every soul into full-frontal hard-love, with the capacity for aggressive empathy, assertive compassion, brutal honesty, and ruthless nurturing. This way we are individuated, as opposed to individual, and the interconnected whole is within us, indistinguishable from nature and psyche. We literally become a force of nature first and individuals second. Like Clarissa Pinkola Estés wrote in Women Who Run With the Wolves, “The Hindus say that without Shakti, the personified feminine life force, Shiva, who encompasses the masculine ability to act, becomes a corpse.”

 

Lest our ability to act becomes a corpse, we must reclaim the feminine. We must reanimate Shakti. If each and every one of us embodies the feminine life force then the path toward a healthy evolution for the species becomes clear. Estés continues: “She is the life energy that animates the male principle, and the male principle in turn animates action in the world.” Without the “life energy” of the divine feminine – that is, without a connection to nature and cosmos, the divine masculine fails. And when the divine masculine fails, then the ability to plant seeds vanishes.

 

But when the male principle is animated by the female principle and is able to “animate action in the world” then the ability to plant seeds is robust and healthy laws can be established. As it stands, there are man-made laws (masculine) and there are the immutable laws of nature (feminine), but only one set of laws matters in the grand scheme of things. These laws are immutable because when they are broken there are direct consequences that cannot be negotiated with.

 

Immutable laws will always trump man-made laws exactly because there is no negotiating with them. The key is to get our man-made laws in tune with the immutable laws of nature, and this requires a connection to the divine feminine so that the divine masculine can act accordingly – that is moderately, and in a healthy way. Einstein said it best, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

 

Because the sacred laws of the universe cannot be written down, no amount of fancy word play can pinpoint the importance of immutable laws. They can only be “felt” in our bones and understood with an intuitive mind, vibrating at a frequency that connects us to all things, through a “language older than words.” Like Herman Hesse said, “As anywhere else in the world, the unwritten law defeated the written one.” It always has and it always will. If it didn’t, then slavery would be the rule and freedom would be the illusion.

 

But, have no doubt, slavery is the illusion and freedom is the rule. And the only reason this isn’t actualized in our world is because we live in a quagmire of overly-masculine, overly-indulgent, extremely narcissistic individuals living fear-based, militaristic lifestyles. “If it is not in you to stand up for the weakest among us, standing up for yourself is pointless,” writes Lee Burkett. “If it is not in you to speak up for those who have no voice, then speaking up for yourself is pointless.

 

If it is not in you to care for those less fortunate, then caring for yourself is pointless. What you allow to be done to others, you give permission to be done to you.” We should not be expected to remain calm and pacified in the face of ecocide, rape, misogyny, and slavery. Rather, we should be compelled toward righteous anger. In order to achieve a balance in this world, we need to “assume the feminine role deliberately” by becoming overtly feminist, blatantly compassionate, ruthlessly selfless, and unashamedly loving individuals who live courage-based, demilitarized lifestyles. We need to do this despite, and even in spite of, those who choose to live otherwise.

 

This way, the sword is reunited with the sheath, balance becomes manifest, and a healthy, sustainable future for human beings becomes a very real possibility on this precious planet we call Mother Earth. Like William Berry said, “It is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it.”

Traditional healers share their stories

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Traditional healers share their stories

They are called ngangkari and they are Aboriginal traditional healers whose work is becoming increasingly recognised in mainstream health

 

You've got to remember that this is the tradition, this is the knowledge and Law. It's something that has been held onto which came from the days before there were hospitals and other forms of doctors.

 

We were responsible for looking after all the people. We have held onto that knowledge.

 

(Rupert Peter, Ngangkari: 1941 - 2012)

 

In Alice Springs and throughout Central Australia, Aboriginal traditional healers (ngangkari) are quietly going about their work.

 

Using complex methods of touch, breath and spiritual healing, they do what they have always done - ease the pain of those who are suffering.

 

Many ngangkari are employed by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council in Alice Springs, and work hand in hand with mainstream health professionals.

 

Ngangkari [work with] medical and health professionals in the mental health area, as well as in primary health areas sharing knowledge," says co-ordinator Andrea Mason.

 

"[They work] in hospitals, nursing homes, jails, hostels, wherever Aboriginal people are in need here in Central Australia to provide that really high level traditional care."

 

The organisation has just launched a book on the ancient art of the ngankari, Traditional Healers of Central Australia: Ngankari

 

Andy Tjilari and Pantjiti McKenzie who feature in the book say they both became healers at a very young age.

 

Speaking in Pitjantjatjara (through interpreter Linda Rive), Andy says he was taught his skills by his father.

 

"The importance of the work was impressed upon me by my father who taught me and gave me the skill and the ability to be a ngangkari," says Andy.

 

"I learnt from a very early age how to work on the head and the body and give treatments and take away pain and make people feel well again - that's what I do, make people feel better."

 

Along with renowned ngangkari Rupert Peter (who sadly passed away last year) Andy was the first ngangkari to be employed by the NPY Women's Council as part of a dedicated program.

 

The program now employs over a dozen ngangkari who deliver treatment throughout the NPY 'lands' - a region that encompasses around 25 communities in the tri-state area of NT, SA and WA.

 

"My journey as a ngangkari has been a life long experience, I started when I was just a young boy and worked all through my life," says Andy.

 

"I then started working for the NPY Women's Council on staff as their ngangkari...and now I'm on the cover of a book!"

 

Pantjiti McKenzie was also just a child when she began her journey as a ngangkari.

 

"This was a long time ago before any of us had ever been paid to give treatments," she says.

 

"There were no doctors around in those days."

 

Pantjiti's work is particularly significant in the area of renal disease - an issue which impacts increasing numbers of Aboriginal people in the region.

 

"I can always feel when there's trouble in the kidneys brewing and I'll warn people," she says.


"Hey listen, you need to be very, very careful, your kidneys are degenerating...I've touched them, I know what's going on, you need to go and see a doctor as soon as possible."

 

Andy says ngangkari are working cooperatively alongside doctors at Alice Springs Hospital.

 

"We find that the two methods of medicine work incredibly well together," he says.

 

"Often a doctor will say, 'listen, we've got this sick child here, could you give this child a treatment and after you've done a treatment we'll give it appropriate medicine...there's a lot of cooperation these days and respect."

 

Traditional Healers of Central Australia: Ngangkari was launched at the Desert Knowledge Precinct on Monday - there will be a second launch during the Eye of the Storm festival in Alice Springs in April.

 

(The book, which includes first person narratives of over 20 ngangkari, is the follow up to Ngangkari Work - Anangu Way, published in 2003.)

THE PERFECT HEART

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THE PERFECT HEART

 


One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley. A large crowd gathered and they all admired his heart for it was perfect. There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, they all agreed it truly was the most beautiful heart they had ever seen. The young man was very proud and boasted more loudly about his beautiful heart.

 

Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of the crowd and said,'' why your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine.'' The crowd and the young man looked at the old man's heart. It was beating strongly, but full of scars, it had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in, but they didn't fit quite right and there were several jagged edges. In fact, in some places there were deep gouges where whole pieces were missing. The people stared how can he say his heart is more beautiful, they thought.

 

The young man looked at the old man's heart and saw its state and laughed. ''You must be joking.'' He said. ''Compare your heart with mine, mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars and tears.'' ''Yes,'' said the old man, ''yours is perfect looking but I would never trade with you. You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love - I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them, and often they give me a piece of their heart which fits into the empty place in my heart, but because the pieces aren't exact, I have some rough edges, which I cherish, because they remind me of the love we shared.

 

Sometimes I given pieces of my heart away, and the other person hasn't returned a piece of his heart to me. These are the empty gouges- giving love is taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of love I have for these people too, and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?''

 

The young man stood silently with tears running down his cheeks. He walked up to the old man, reached into his perfect young and beautiful heart, and ripped a piece out. He offered it to the old man with trembling hands. The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart and then took a piece from his old scarred heart and placed it in the wound in the young man's heart. It fit, but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges. The young man looked at his heart, not perfect anymore but more beautiful than ever, since love from the old man's heart flowed into his. They embraced and walked away side by side.

AUTHOR UNKNOWN.

DEEP BREATHING

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DEEP BREATHING

 

 

 

Deep breathing exercises can be done on a daily basis. Take 15 minutes to half an hour when you first get up in the morning to do deep breathing exercises and see how you feel. Did you know, most western people are shallow breathers.

 

A result of shallow breathing is less oxygen is being circulated around the body. Shallow breathers have more illnesses and have a shorter life span.

 

An example of a deep breathing exercise is - breath deeply down into your body for three seconds through your nose, hold for three seconds, then breath out for three seconds out of your nose or mouth. Continue doing this for 15 minutes to 30 minutes each day. As you get used to doing this, change it from three seconds to seven seconds. As you get used to doing this, change it from seven seconds to fourteen seconds. But only hold the breath for three seconds each time. You can keep going up in multiplies of seven. But only hold the breath for three seconds each time.

The Aura

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The Aura is a electromagnetic energy field that co-exists within different planes of reality. In a physical sense it is an irradiation of light that can be perceived clairvoyantly approximately two inches around the physical shell. There is also an etheric aura which can be perceived as a different quality light, usually pale grey to white. This is approximately two and a half feet around the body form or shell.

 

You also have an astral aura that can be perceived up to twenty seven and a half feet to the left, to the right, above and below. The aura therefore is electromagnetic energy that has the capacity to receive, transmit and to store information. This is does most efficiently, both in the negative and positive way within the formation of third dimensional reality to that which is termed flesh, bones and nerve endings. It does the same thing in the etheric levels, the astral levels and the mental levels.

 

The aura is generated by electrical pulses, that come from the main centres within the essence that the personality is using, in relation to the various levels of form that are required to collect, store and to transmit data. Since in the process of evolution as form develops down here on the planet, we move through the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms. We tend to build up the auric emanations and the storage of energy through direct experience that we receive in each of these first three planes. Therefore the lifeform of those who adhere to reincarnation and manifest in this way will reflect where they have been and where they are going. Therefore the more evolved person manifesting within a physical body, will have a much lighter degree of frequency surrounding his space and his aura, because of the practicality of experience of living in matter over many lifetimes, bearing in mind that the average soul has eight million four hundred thousand lifetimes to play with and therefore the emanations auricly will reflect the degree of experience or not as the case may be, not only in the physical evolution of body form or shell, but also on the inner planes where the manifestation of light normally is considerably greater. Therefore to the trained eye, in a psychic sense or spiritual sense, the person perceiving the aura can read from that aura a tremendous amount of data about the physical wellness or unwellness of the person.

 

Since the aura is made up of so many millions of frequencies, and these can be described as something akin to cobwebs running parallel to each other, millions and millions of them, each of these cobwebs vibrating, at a certain harmony. The collected and individual experience that the incoming soul, wearing the various levels of matter will collect, can be perceived within these cobwebs as the holding mechanisms that the aura will therefore indicate.

 

Since 1948 Aura’s in our particular civilisation have been photographed through the use of killinian photography, but of course over many thousands of years, aura’s have been acknowledged by most of the psychic of the ages. Every living thing, be it a stone, a leaf, a planet or a solar system, has its own aura, since everything is in the process of evolving and moving from where it was to where it needs to go in the process of absorbing, transmitting and receiving information. Therefore the aura’s of those who have undertaken a degree of training to build up the necessary electromagnetic energy, can be most useful in broadcasting new frequencies that are required especially in this day and age, as our level of reality changes from the Piscean into the Aquarian frequencies that the planet is now demanding. Therefore the age of irradiation has come, where beings of great light, beings of great worth, whose auric emanations are considerably brighter than us, can step down a frequency, transmit energy through the auric emanations of the masses as well as of the individual, and in this way, that which is termed the unspoken word is therefore shared.

 


The 13 Crystal Skulls Mystery

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The 13 Crystal Skulls Mystery

One of archaeology’s most compelling mysteries is that of the 13 Crystal Skulls. Skulls have been one of the most powerful objects of symbolism in human history, all over the world. Several “perfect” crystal Skulls have been found in parts of Mexico, Central and South America. Together, they form a mystery as enigmatic as the Nazca Lines, the Great Pyramids and Stonehenge.

 

These skulls are believed to be between 5000 and 35000 years old. During early expeditions, archaeologists were told by locals that the skulls possessed magical powers and healing properties. However, people were unsure as to where they came from, or even why they existed. Some like to believe that these were remains from the lost civilization of Atlantis. Others like to believe these are fakes. And yet another group of psychics believe that these skulls have the capability to enable us to look into the past, present and future. Why would so much work and time be spent on perfecting a human skull made out of one of the hardest substances known to man after diamonds, rock crystal? The cutting of which requires great expertise and precision and the carving and polishing of which is equally time-consuming? In other words, why a skull? Some scientists and sceptics say about these skulls is that they were probably made in the 1800s, as the tools used or required to do such work were not available to the civilisations of the past.

 

Historians and social anthropologists decided to find out more about the strange skulls. Very soon, they came across an ancient Indian legend saying that there had been thirteen crystal skulls of the Goddess of Death; they had been kept separately from each other under the strict control of pagan priests and special warriors.

 

Searches for more skulls started; some of them were found in museums and some in private collections not only in the USA, but in Mexico, Brazil, France, Mongolia, and in Tibet. There were more than 13 skulls found. However, not all of them were as perfect as Mitchell-Hedges- was. Very likely, those were just later attempts to create something similar to the original skulls that were believed to have been gifts by God to the people.

 

The very construction and make of the skulls defies common logic. There are several crystal skulls in existence today around the world.They are :

 

The Mitchell – Hedges Skull

 

Perhaps the most famous crystal skull in the world today is the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull, named after a real-life “Indiana Jones” of the 20th Century, British explorer and adventurer F. A. Mitchell-Hedges. The most distinguishable characteristic of this crystal skull is its extraordinary clarity and its detachable jaw, carved from the same piece of quartz as the rest of the skull. This crystal skull was originally called the “Skull of Dunn” after an associate on one of the expeditions to Lubaantun (Belize).

 

British Crystal Skull and Paris Crystal Skull

 

They are said to have been bought in the 1890’s by mercenaries in Mexico. One is at the London’s Museum of Mankind and the other is at the Trocadero Museum of Paris.

OM: What Is It & Why Do We Chant It?

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OM: What Is It & Why Do We Chant It?

OM has Vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. Coming from Hinduism and Yoga, the mantra is considered to have high spiritual and creative power but despite this, it is a mantra that can be recited by anyone. It’s both a sound and a symbol rich in meaning and depth and when pronounced correctly it is actually AUM.

 

Aum actually consists of four syllables: A, U, M, and the silent syllable.

 

The first syllable is A, pronounced as a prolonged "awe." The sound starts at the back of your throat and you stretch it out. You will start feeling your solar plexus and chest vibrating.

 

The second syllable is U, pronounced as a prolonged “oo,” with the sound gradually rolling forward along your upper palate. You'll feel your throat vibrate.

 

The third syllable is M, pronounced as a prolonged “mmmm” with your front teeth gently touching. You will now start to feel the top of your vibrate.

 

The last syllable is the deep silence of the Infinite. As intelligence rises from the deep silence, you have to merge your chant from the ‘M’ to the deep silence.

 

Symbolically the three letters embody the divine energy (Shakti) and it’s 3 main characteristics: (1) creation, (2) preservation and (3) liberation.

 

Why do we chant it?

 

Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating – nothing is really standing still! The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature.

 

As such AUM is the basic sound of the universe; so by chanting it we are symbolically and physically tuning in to that sound and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe.

 

In addition the vibrations and rhythmic pronunciation also have a physical affect on the body by slowing down the nervous system and calming the mind similar to meditation. When the mind is relaxed, your blood pressure decreases and ultimately the health of your heart improves.

 

Finally it is also a way to delineate the time of our practice from the rest of our day and signify that this is a special time in which to care for ourselves and practice being mindful.

The Way of Meditation

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The Way of Meditation

Ultimately meditation is a way of being and not just a technique to produce results but a way of orienting and grounding oneself in the world. In other words meditation is not just something that you can do; it is also something you can be.

 

The way of meditation is the ongoing experience of being self-aware, open and kind-hearted, not only when sitting silently on a meditation cushion, but at all times. Meditation is not just practices geared toward producing results but is the continuous uniting with the intelligent aware flow of life which can only be felt immediately and directly, without deliberation. Meditation cultivates good qualities which are already present within you – it’s a way to be natural, spontaneous and to build trust in your own basic goodness.

 

Grounded in an openness that is unbounded, the Way is pure and receptive within the present situation, allowing creativity to flourish.

 

This way is spacious, loving and non-judgemental.

 

To live the way of meditation is to place primary importance on simply being; perfectly complete already. The descriptions of the present situation are useful but always of secondary importance and always understood to be biased, founded on assumptions of lack and incompleteness; this is the essential stress of our lives.

 

Living from the ego via a narrative continuously disturbs the mind. Without taking the thoughts or stories seriously the mind can be left to rest without disturbance and this calm script-less way of being uncovers a type of pure awareness that is non-conceptual, naturally present and content in the moment. Meditation could be said to be timeless in this regard comfortably; being in the eternal now. This type of awareness can see through the ego character that is anxiously preoccupied with achieving future-orientated goals or trying to act the right way and in this way awareness can remain undisturbed and naturally open.

 

This open presence can then be recognized as who you really are, your ultimate identity without the stories, your original face as they say in Zen and you can confidently respond to situations spontaneously rather than habitually. Awareness is left unaltered and free and is directly seen to be complete, peaceful and the constant basis or ground of all experiences.

 

This essential and immediate presence of open awareness has been pointed out by mystics and contemplatives throughout history. Meditation masters have called it by various names but they all seem to discover that the naturally abiding, clear light of awareness at the foundation of all human beings is also full of energy, bliss, peace, love and wisdom, an abundant reservoir of divine qualities.

 

The Way of meditation is an ongoing abiding as that which is eternally you.

4 Ways Big Pharma Continues to Lose Credibility

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4 Ways Big Pharma Continues to Lose Credibility

When you visit the websites for leading pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and Novartis, you’ll find mission statements that will feed you with inspiring goals such as “improve health and well-being,” “provide access to safe, effective and affordable medicines,” and “to prevent and cure diseases, to ease suffering and to enhance the quality of life.”

 

Who still believes this? Let’s keep it straight: major pharmaceutical companies are in the business of dealing drugs and making money. Here’s some food for thought that might make you question the credibility of pharmaceutical companies.

 

The Biggest Drug Pushers in the US

 

Spending on consumer ads by the pharmaceutical industry grew to $4.54 billion in 2014, up 21% from spending in 2013. Pfizer alone spent $1.4 billion, with over 50% of this spent on television ads. The US and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world that allow pharmaceutical companies to market their products directly to consumers…so we can pretty much assume most of this money is being spent in the US. (Source: Bloomberg News)

 

Exaggeration and Misinformation

 

As many as six out of 10 pharmaceutical advertisements contain “potentially misleading claims,” according to a study from the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study looked at 168 advertisements on major US television networks. It found that: “Completely false claims about the drugs were pretty rare, probably because false advertising is illegal. But 57 percent of all the commercials left out vital information, or exaggerated something, inserted opinions rather than facts, or made meaningless ‘lifestyle associations’…” (Source: Popular Science)

 

Threats and Intimidation

 

Swiss drugmaker Novartis is under scrutiny for allegedly blocking British doctors’ access to the drug Avastin, a cheaper alternative to one that it sells, Lucentis. Doctors and academics conducting clinical trials on Avastin claim to have faced “threats and intimidation” when carrying out these trials. Both drugs are used to treat an eye condition that is a leading cause of blindness in Great Britain. Lucentis costs $1,950 per dose, while Avastin costs about $50 per dose. (Source: Investing.com)

 

Kickbacks and Bribes

 

One of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world, Israeli Teva Pharmaceuticals is being accused of organizing “pretextual” speaker programs for doctors through a third-party, Allied Health Media, and paying physicians anywhere from $1,500 to $2,700 per each program. These payments are disguised as ‘honorarium’ so that Teva can feign compliance with federal, state, and city kickback laws in the US. (Source: Courthouse News Service)

 

This type of bribery is common in the pharmaceutical industry. Teva is among others that lavish hefty speaking fees on doctors to appear at thousands of sham programs, dinners and luncheons that are merely social occasions, where little work gets done. Novartis is in a lawsuit in the state of New York over allegedly spending over $65 million and conducting more than 38,000 of these types of speaker programs for its drugs Lotrel, Valturna and Starlix over a span of about 10 years. One doctor was allegedly paid to speak at his own office eight times! (Source: Reuters)

 


The Miracle of Water-Ying/Yang

Posted on 3 August, 2018 at 8:15 Comments comments (0)



The Miracle of Water-Ying/Yang

We all have the experience of rejuvenation and joy on a vibrant spring day when the sap is rising in the plants and the tree buds are bursting with new life. Water is at the very heart of life creation. Sitting by a waterfall or on the rocks at the edge of the ocean on a sunny day, one can feel the energy of the water in our body. Water is closely linked to the emotions. There is a strong resonance of water with humans. Our ancestors were fascinated by its magic and there is a vast mythology linked to water.

 

Water carries all life. But water is beyond time, for it bears in its flow the seeds of future life, as well as the memory of past life. Water mediates between life and death, between being and not being, between health and sickness. We have lost touch with the magic of water, the freshness of the mountain spring, the reflection in a mountain lake, the mystery of the sacred well. We just take for granted that water will come at the turn of a tap.

 

We have allowed water to spread illness and disease. Much is spoken these days of the destructive nature of water. Such water is Nature on the rampage, perhaps showing who is boss, at a time when humanity has wrought so much reckless damage to Earth’s ecosystems and to the natural environment.

 

Our bodies are composed of about 70% water, a similar percentage to that of the ocean surface compared to land. Blood and sap are really variations of water. Earth is known as the planet of water; astronauts wondered at Earth’s blue, shimmering, watery aura seen from space. It seems as if water was intended for life; certainly life could not have come without it. Water is found throughout the Universe, though seldom as a liquid, which requires the relatively narrow temperature band which our Earth provides.

 

Without doubt water is the most important substance on Earth. It drives everything, from the most delicate metabolic processes in our bodies, to creating environments favourable to life, to weather patterns and climate change.

 

The poet, philosopher and scientist, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was, more than anyone, a bridge between pre-and post-Enlightenment thinking. He sensed a profound difference in outlook between the new rational, mechanistic and more exclusive worldview, and the more traditional inclusive, Nature-centred view. He called the latter ‘holistic’ science in contrast to ‘reductionist’ science. Goethe understood that all life is one, closely interconnected and interrelated, with water as the very symbol of holism, with its role in the sustenance of life.

 

Goethe referred to water as “the ground of all being.” Thales of Miletus (640-546 BCE) also believed water to be infused with Being, believing it was the original substance of the Cosmos. The Austrian ‘Water Wizard’, Viktor Schauberger (1885-1958), held a similar view, saying that water is the product of the subtle energies that brought the Earth into being and is itself a living substance.

 

Sacred Knowledge

 

Until quite modern times, water was generally regarded as sacred. This precious substance used to require a great deal of effort to collect for domestic use (and still does in some parts of the world). It was treated with reverence and believed to be protected by divine beings.

 

One of the principal cultural ceremonies of the Pacific Northwest indigenous tribes in British Columbia was the ‘potlatch’, believed to have been practised for thousands of years. Usually a part of this complex ceremony was given to the recitation of the spiritual traditions of the tribe. The ‘speaker’, a position often handed down in one of the chief families, performed this important role.

 

The training of future speakers was a long-observed ritual, involving teaching the young person to listen to the wind from mountaintops, to the sound of the ocean waves on the rocky shore, and to the music of the rushing stream. They would in this way learn to incorporate Nature’s sounds and cadences in the telling of the stories of the tribe’s wisdom. To these people, water was a sacred medium of communication and they felt its sounds should be the vehicle for teaching their traditions.

 

How water informs language is hinted by many of the ancient scripts which employ flowing lines like water in their characters (for instance Hebrew). Greek became more regular, but it was Latin with its angular, straight characters that forgot the memory of water. Latin script initiated the estrangement from Nature, forming the basis for Euclidean geometry with its circle, straight line and point which are not to be found in Nature.

 

There are esoteric uses for water. Nostradamus used a bowl of water as a skrying tool for seeing future events. Viktor Schauberger had a remarkable experience while sitting by a rushing stream in his pristine Alpine refuge. Listening to its vivacious music, he intuited how water needs to move and behave in order to stay healthy, which was to inform his ground breaking research.

 

Our attitude toward water has changed enormously in recent centuries. With the advent of rationalism and the denial of spiritual influences on humanity came the great explosion of technology that loudly proclaimed human supremacy over Nature. Since we decided we were not part of Nature and we devised our own self-centred laws, we have lost touch with the magic of water. We have forgotten its true nature and the meaning of its pulsating movements.

 

Our biology and physics textbooks tell us that water is merely an inorganic compound through which various chemical processes take place. One of the reasons why mainstream science knows so little about water may be its obsession with the physical nature of life. Older cultures did not suffer from this limited worldview and consequently appreciated water’s special qualities better than we do today.

 

Holism

 

The key to understanding water and living more in tune with our environment is to learn to see and feel holistically as part of a community of beings – human, animal, microbial, and botanical – united by a common bond of water. It is through the medium of water that we all share a common heritage – we are all One.

 

Ancient mystical systems, especially Hindu, Taoist and Buddhist, held water in particular reverence and understood some of its quantum qualities, even if they did not describe them in the terms of quantum science. Neils Bohr and Robert Oppenheimer, pioneers of quantum physics, and more recently David Bohm, Einstein’s protégé, found remarkable similarities between their new worldview and the concept of the oneness of all creation held by those mystical systems.1

 

Water is the epitome of holism. It connects all of life; and life cannot exist without it. Spiritual and mystical experiences have a strong link with holism.

 

Dynamic water, when it is alive and energised, performs the roles of initiating and operating all the processes of life. The most important function of biological water is to facilitate rapid inter-communication between cells and connective tissues, so that the organism can function as a coordinated whole. Though not recognised by mainstream science, living water in fact performs this intercommunication function between all organisms, groups of organisms, populations, natural kingdoms and the world, creating a network of sensitivity throughout all of life, even between life on Earth and the Cosmos, so that nothing can happen without affecting other processes; all are linked together by water. In this way, it drives evolution.2

 

The story needs to be told simply of how water is the stage manager of life, communicating to our bodies’ cells how to be part of a vast orchestra; how it distributes energy to make the landscape balanced and productive. Indeed the very laws which govern the harmonious movement of the planets also determined the form and behaviour of our organic life, through water. This extraordinary picture of water’s part in the evolution of life derives from the discovery of the quantum field that interconnects all of creation in a vast web of energy. Rudolf Steiner and his interpreter Theodor Schwenk believed that the quantum field (also known as the etheric field) contains the encoded data bank of the information required for evolution to proceed.

 

Yin Yang Balance

 

Viktor Schauberger demonstrated how life, both at the maintenance level and in evolutionary processes depends on the subtle balancing between energy polarities, shown at its best in the unstable balancing between positive and negative polarities in water’s behaviour. These have not been well described in scientific writing, therefore a summary of their importance would seem desirable.

 

The Sun is our main source of energy. In Chinese tradition, it emits a positive, yang (masculine) energy. The Earth balances this with a yin, or feminine (negative) energy. Without this interplay, there would be no water, plants, nor chemical compounds. Yin and yang are dynamic in the sense that their energy fluctuates – when one expands, the other diminishes. The concentration of energy is a yin process, while that to move and disperse is yang. Western thought holds them as fixed states, but in the Chinese tradition they are constantly shifting. Thus, in every man there is feminine energy and in every woman there is masculine energy, these tendencies varying in different situations. It is the same in Nature. Mornings tend to have yang energy and evenings yin.3

 

As Fritjof Capra comments: “Chinese sages seem to have recognised the basic polarity that is characteristic of living systems. Self-assertion is achieved by displaying yang behaviour; by being demanding, aggressive, competitive, expanding, and – as far as human behaviour is concerned – by using linear, analytical political thinking. Integration is furthered by yin behaviour; by being responsive, cooperative, intuitive, and aware of one’s environment. Both yin and yang, integrative and self-assertive tendencies, are necessary for harmonious social and ecological relationships.”4

 

One can see that our society has favoured yang over yin – rational knowledge over intuitive wisdom, science over religion, competition over cooperation, and exploitation over conservation.

 

All processes depend on an unstable reciprocity between extremes. As soon as a process becomes stable, it stagnates. It’s the same with water. Moving, circulating water is energised; still water is effectively dead. Water is the ideal medium for processes because it is an unstable and dynamic medium and, and without water, nothing in Earth’s environment can change.

 

Nature is founded far more on cooperation than on competition, because it is only through harmonious interplay of energy that physical formation can occur and structures can be built up. At the heart of the creative process in Nature are negative and positive polarities, such as chaos and order, quantity and quality, gravitation and levitation, electricity and magnetism. (The last polarities Schauberger studied as complementary qualities.) In every case, for any natural process to be harmonious, one polarity cannot be present without the other, and each needs the other to make up the whole.

 

Natural law, as Viktor Schauberger describes, requires that, for creative evolution to be maintained, the polarities are not 50/50, which would result in atrophy, but are unevenly balanced towards the yin or negative. Water’s principal quality is to bring balance to life. For this reason, you would expect it to be very stable; in fact, the reverse is true. The water molecule is made up of two small positively charged hydrogen atoms and one very large negatively charged oxygen atom; the strong bifurcated hydrogen bonds are unsymmetrical, which make water unstable and unpredictable. This instability belongs not only to the aquatic sphere; it is the guiding law of the Universe since its inception. Instability and unpredictability are the secret of matter’s very existence, and the impulse for creativity. As we all know, predictability is the recipe for a boring existence. It is the restlessness of water that stimulates its pulsation and constant swinging between the yin and the yang.

 

The dance of creation is the harmonious interplay through attraction and repulsion of polarised atoms. The mutual attraction of 2x H and 1x O gives birth to the marvel of water. The catalytic role of dual polarity is initiated by the positive charge of the Sun, the inseminator of life, which melds with the Earth’s receptive and feminine energy. Together they are essential components for all biological processes.

 

We don’t normally think of water carrying an electric charge, but its bioelectrical sensitivity is one of the most important qualities in its importance for life. The electromagnetic qualities of mineral-rich or saline water allow it to steer processes and evolution by constantly shifting the energy reciprocally between positive and negative charges. Schauberger showed that a natural river flowing sinuously across the landscape recharges its energy towards the positive or yang on right-hand bend and towards the negative or yin on a left-hand bend. This constant accumulation of yin and yang charges raises the energy level of the water so that it can perform its true role in nurturing the landscape. The same happens with our biological water.

 

Through spiralising movement, water maintains its energy as ‘living water’. In its most dynamic state, water develops the structure of a vortex which raises its energy level – more quickly if the direction of the spin alternates between left and right (e.g. www.sulis-health.co.uk/water.html#eggvortex).

 

Because the quantum or etheric field is universal and water is common in the Universe, associated with life or potential life, it seems natural to view them as complementary, working together. In esoteric terms the etheric (sometimes called “the God field” may be seen as the masculine (yang), initiating polarity; while the water medium has the receptive, feminine (yin) role. What I propose is that the water medium and the quantum field are two complementary aspects in the balanced mediation, sustenance and evolution of life. You might call this a candidate for the ‘Unified Field Theory’.

 

If we say that water builds the physical structures of living organisms, this begs the question of where are the templates? We believe they are held in the etheric or quantum field, often encoded in sacred geometry.5 For example the indispensable container for the emergence of new life is the egg shape, the only shape in which water can circulate spontaneously: the egg and similar shapes like the pine cone, or spiral structures such as seashells or leaf designs have a symmetry defined by phi (Φ or ‘The Golden Section’. These symmetries have a yin/yang ratio which can be defined mathematically by the number 1:1.618033988, which seems always to be associated in Nature with the transmutation of energy into form.6

 

Communication

 

What is the scientific evidence for water as a communication medium? An exciting discovery in recent years has been the strange role that water plays in biological communication. It has come to light that collagen, the connective tissue that makes up the bulk of all multicellular animals, is crucial to the integrity of the organism. It is composed of a crystalline matrix of collagen proteins embedded in water, compromising 60-70% by weight. This water is specially structured in chains along the collagen fibres and has the ability to self-organise.

 

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, co-founder of the Institute for Science in Society, and one of the most prominent holistic biophysicists, has specialised in the role of biological water. She believes that the collagen chains enable water to become superconductive, an ideal medium for instantaneous communication for coordination of all cellular activities. She believes that this liquid crystal continuum constitutes our “body consciousness” that may well have evolved before the nervous system, but which today works both in partnership with, and also independently of, the nervous system.

 

“This body consciousness is the basis of sentience, the prerequisite for conscious experience that involves the participation of the intercommunicating whole of the energy storage domain.”7

 

We hear increasingly of water being described as a “conscious organism.” It is an organism in the sense that it has integrity, independence, cohesion, and particular qualities that allow it to be the driver of life and evolution. The quality of consciousness may also seem a strange term to apply to water. But if it’s the medium of communication, it could also be the medium of consciousness. Viktor Schauberger and Theodor Schwenk demonstrated that the water medium also has intelligence. Water has the quality of restlessness which gives living systems the ability to become ever more complex and to strive forward toward perfection.

 

We use the term ‘intelligence’ in connection with water because it optimises the conditions for life by regulating environmental processes. At a temperature of 37°C (98.4°F), water requires a very large input or removal of kinetic energy in order for its temperature to rise, allowing it to keep the blood in the human body at a constant temperature of 37°C, any deviation from which indicates illness. Another of the intelligences of water is that it takes a lot of energy to freeze and, once frozen to melt; and a huge amount of energy to vaporise water which stops the air from excessive heating. This makes water a very effective balancer of climatic extremes. The warmer the air, the more water vapour it can hold, and the longer the temperature can remain constant.

 

The interaction of these three properties of water has created a temperate climate zone on Earth with optimum conditions for evolution of the human species. Certainly complex civilisations could not have evolved without the stability of moderate, stable climates. Without these self-regulating systems, life could never have developed beyond the simplest forms.8

 

Water’s Memory

 

Much has been written about water’s memory. Does it have a memory? Masaru Emoto studied the structure of ice crystals to determine the quality of their liquid water origin. He demonstrates how poor quality water cannot build good structures, while high quality water produces the most beautiful crystalline designs. Amazingly, water that has been exposed to harmonious music or exalted human energies can produce pure beautiful crystals, while when it is exposed to disruptive energies it cannot produce well structured crystals.

 

When water is flowing as its nature dictates, energetically in spirals and vortices, and continually changing its state, the molecules, if conditions permit, organise themselves into structures, layers or clusters of vibrating energy centres which carry constructive information, constantly receiving and transmitting energy from every contact the water body makes.

 

These clusters or layers can store vibrational energy impressions or imprints, rather like a magnetic tape. If these are beneficial, they may be able to restore healthy resonance in the human body, as in homoeopathy. On the other hand if there are the imprints of toxins or pollutants in the drinking water, they may be carriers of disharmony and disease.

 

Water does have a memory. When we think we have ‘purified’ water of the chemicals and hormones we have mindlessly thrown in, in order to make it drinkable, the energy of these contaminants remains, polluting our energy bodies in the same way that chemicals affect our physical bodies. Because of its nature, water sacrifices itself entirely to the environment, for good or for bad.

 

How can we experience water’s spiritual qualities? My water epiphany came spontaneously when I had the realisation that I am embedded in water. I saw water as the infinite continuum of life in which all living creatures are contained. This experience was much more powerful than the intellectual idea of being connected. “We are all one,” because of water.

 

I find being close to horses a bit scary. One day, the field where I walk regularly had three mares with their growing foals. I liked to take them apples as a treat, but when all six surrounded me, they felt a bit threatening. When I tried to visualise these lovely, powerful animals as part of my family through the water link, they seemed to become more like family and they were much less scary. This is what you might call a ‘holistic connection’. Try it yourself; it can even work with people!

 

In Eastern tradition, when you greet someone, you bow your head to them or palm your hands together in front of your heart in recognition of that person’s Divine nature, because our biological water (or blood) is a sacred link to the Divine in all of us.

 

Water as Teacher

 

Water can teach us many things:

 

The most important lesson is that Nature will not tolerate gross inequalities: Water’s role is to bring down to size, to level, to stimulate fertility and productivity of the whole, not individuals in isolation.

 

Through water, quantum coherent organisms invariably become entangled with one another. A quantum world is a world of universal mutual entanglement, the prerequisite for universal love and ethics. Because we are all entangled, and each being is implicit in every other, the best way to benefit oneself is to benefit the other.9

 

It is the restlessness of water that gives living systems the ability to become ever more complex and to strive towards the perfection they can never reach. As a driver of evolution, water is a model for our own striving, allowing us to evolve through our own mistakes. This is the self-empowerment process of holistic biology.

 

Water raises its dynamic energy through turbulence and chaos which, in the bigger picture, mirrors the turbulence of change in human society.

 

The dynamic way that water creates energy shows up our technology’s way of generating energy as wasteful, dangerous, and harmful to the environment.

 

You might call these “Natural or Spiritual Laws” as opposed to the anthropocentric laws that we construct.

 

If we could personally experience and truly understand the miraculous properties of water for life, our lives would become more meaningful and, (if it is not too late) we could become responsible custodians of Nature.

Tantra 101: A Super Simple Guide For Tantric Sex Beginners!

Posted on 1 August, 2018 at 9:05 Comments comments (0)



Tantra 101: A Super Simple Guide For Tantric Sex Beginners!

“Tantra is a set of techniques used all over the world to deepen intimacy, increase passion, and communicate in a more open and authentic way.”

 

In a world of high stress, to-do-lists, and constantly running out of time, tantra is the perfect antidote to the routine that develops in every romantic relationship.

 

This beautiful art of conscious, sacred sexuality has been practiced for thousands of years by Tantric couples in order to achieve authentic love, deep and passionate connection, and Spiritual enlightenment.

 

And absolutely anyone today can draw from the ancient reservoir of knowledge and wisdom of our ancient ancestors!

 

Tantra 101: 11 Tips For Beginners!

 

Practice these methods to reconnect to your lover, and in no time, you will master the ancient art of tantra!!

 

TIP #1: Make Time For A Weekly Session

 

2 Commit to a weekly tantric session with your partner. Pick a day and time that works for both of you.

 

Set aside at least two hours to truly celebrate your relationship. Do not reschedule even if you’re feeling tired, as your tantric session will soon invigorate your body and leave you feeling new, stronger energy flowing through you!

 

Be sure to stick to your special date, only rescheduling if absolutely necessary. You’ll be amazed by the increased love, connection, and playfulness each session will bring both of you!

 

TIP #2: Be Open To Try Something New

 

Remember to have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously. Have an open mind and open heart, even if something seems silly to you at first.

 

Many people who are new to tantra have declared the eye-gazing exercise awkward and weird… until they tried it!

 

Don’t dismiss anything, just set some practices aside until you’re ready to experiment with them later on. And make sure to remain playful and curious – if a practice feels good to both of you, you’re on your way!

 

TIP #3: Set The Mood 3

 

Prepare for your lover by cleaning and adorning your bed with comfortable cushions and blankets. Create a feast for the senses with flowers, light incense sticks (or diffuse essential oils), plus a few fruits and drinks you both enjoy.

 

“Create a magical space by turning your bedroom into a temple of love.”

 

Light plenty of candles – their flickering and dim light will bring magic into the space. Put on a soft, relaxing music playlist (that will play for at least 2 hours). And make sure that the temperature is just right so that both of you are comfortable.

 

TIP #4: Take A Cleansing & Relaxing Bath

 

Run a soothing bubble bath for your beloved. Light candles all over the bathroom, add soft music, spread rose petals on the floor, and pour a glass of their favorite wine.

 

Even better, you can join them in the bath tub!

 

TIP #5: Shake Your Body Alive

 

Re-sensitize your body and to release any tension or blockages.

 

Stand facing each other with feet hip width apart and slightly bent knees. Take a moment to relax from head to toe and next start shaking your entire body for at least 5 minutes – shake your arms, hands, hips, head, shoulders, legs… You’ll just love the tingling and aliveness you’ll experience afterwards!

 

This practice helps your bodies experience pleasure in a much deeper, more intense way.

 

TIP #6: Meditate Together

 

1 Meditate together to clear your minds and connect to your hearts. Sit down cross legged facing each other and close your eyes.

 

Breathe deeply – simply be together in silence until all the worries of the day are gone. This will help you both become fully present and focused on each other.

 

You can also play a guided meditation, meditative music, or just sit in silence.

 

TIP #7: Tell Your Beloved What You Love About Them

 

Look them lovingly in the eye, and begin each sentence with ‘I really love…’.

 

Be true and authentic, reaching deep into your heart to express all that you appreciate about them. This is not the time for a discussion but for sharing.

 

To open your hearts even deeper and create more connection and intimacy, use the following phrases (and fill in the blanks):

 

‘”My heart truly desires… “, “It brings me a lot of pleasure when you… ”

 

Once you’ve finished, invite your beloved to do the same for you and thank them afterwards.

 

TIP #8: Look Deeply Into Each Others Eyes

 

Look into the eyes of your beloved: the gateway to the Soul, and ask them to do the same.

 

Try to eye-gaze between 5 and 15 minutes. It will feel like a long time at first until you connect on the Soul level, and this connection will feel wonderful and delicious.

 

To deepen the experience, synchronize your breaths so that you inhale and exhale at the same time.

 

TIP #9 Sit In Yab Yum Pose

 

6 This traditional tantric pose is a wonderful way to connect intimately with your beloved.

 

The male partner sits down cross legged, while the female sits down on top of his legs facing him (clothed or naked). Embrace each other and breathe fully together. Allow your bodies to tune in to each other; to merge together in this beautiful embrace.

 

Feel the love you both share, the appreciation for this special moment, and the joy of being able to celebrate your relationship!

 

TIP #10 Engage In A Tantric Kiss

 

8 Still sitting in the yab yum position, breathe together and imagine that you’re sharing each other’s breath. Then join your lips in a soft, gentle kiss.

 

Allow your lips to melt together in a slow sensual kiss. Relax and savour the kiss as you caress your beloved’s lips with your own.

 

Stay completely present in the moment and immerse yourself in the sensations of closeness and intimacy.

 

TIP #11 Give {or Receive} a Tantric Massage

 

4 Have him (or her) lay face down, as you awaken their body to various sensations.

 

Softly touch their skin with flowers, fabrics, feathers, ice, hot wax, fingertips. Begin with a gentle touch, then proceed to longer, fuller. Start at non-erogenous zones (back, neck, head, hands, legs, feet), then slowly excite their sexual energy, touching their bottom, inner thighs and genitals.

 

Have your lover turn over, and repeat on the front of their body – awakening their skin with soft touch, then massaging their non-erogenous zones first before proceeding to their chest, nipples, inner thighs and genitals.

 

Keep asking for feedback and remind your beloved to relax, breathe fully, and stay present.

 

Note: This massage is not about orgasm, so do not try to make them come – simply enjoy giving them pleasure.

 

How To End Your Session

 

5 At this point, you both may decide to make love – or not. If not, simply lay in each other’s embrace, and share your feelings in a soft, loving conversation.

 

If you do decide to make love, do not rush it. Allow the penetration to happen naturally, without any effort.

 

Start with slow, shallow thrusts, and remain completely aware of your bodies, your energies and particularly your genital area. Guide your consciousness to travel up and down your spine – between your heart and your genitals, and notice all the sensations in your body.

 

And as you start to move again, allow your genitals to connect lovingly, and melt together in a sensual, ecstatic dance.

 

Take your time! Tantra is not a chase to an orgasm – it’s a feast of pleasure, and as long as you’re both experiencing plenty of it, you’re on the right track!

AURAS

Posted on 1 August, 2018 at 9:00 Comments comments (0)



AURAS

 

The aura is an egg-shaped electromagnetic field that extends up to 1 metre from the human body. Auras are also found around animals, plants, rocks and other inanimate objects. As children, many of us will have been able to see auras, but with the process of "growing up" in today's society, many of us have forgotten how to see auras. With just a little practice, most people can begin to see auras again.

 

Auras are seen with our peripheral vision, using the rods in the retina of the eye. There are 7 layers of the aura, these do in fact contain colour, but the majority of people are initially only able to see 1 or 2 layers, and often do not perceive colour. Some people are also able to intuitively pick up on the aura, without actually seeing it. This may be the case in people whose psychic ability is prophetic rather than visual.

 

Each colour of the aura is connected to the colour of the chakra. When healers are able to see the colours of the auras, then the healer knows which chakra needs healing/attention, so this healing method when practised on a regular basis, can help healers, and the persons requiring help, so that they know where the problem is and can help the persons needs and quicken the healing process.

 

 

The Physical Aura:

 

This is the layer of the aura which lies closest to the body. It extends about 3-3.5 cm out from the skin, and is usually seen as a bright white or light blue band. Its brightness comes from the many skin particles that have been sloughed from the skin surface, and lies suspended in its field. Any irregularities in shape of this aura are the result of injury or illness in the part of the body that lies beneath this part of the aura, and may in fact show up before the illness manifests in the body. Kirlian photography is a photographic process which captures the aura, most likely the physical layer of the aura.

 

The Etheric Aura:

 

The etheric aura extends out from the physical aura another 2-10cm in all directions, and its shape usually follows the outline of the physical aura. When people first begin to see this layer of the aura, its usually appears as a hazy light-blue or grey smoke extending from the body. Some people can see many different colours in this layer. If illness or injury is severe, the physical layer may actually bulge so much that it pushes right through this etheric layer, leaving a hole. This is usually the stage just before a disease shows up physically. When mediums or channelers want to see the aura, they will sometimes use their own etheric aura to generate a substance called "ectoplasm", which may take form dictated by the spirit.

 

The Vital Aura:

 

This aura begins at the outer edge of the etheric layer, and extends another 5-16cm, or even as much as 30cm outwards, its size reflects our 'vitality' or energy levels, and how we are feeling. It is very bright and made up of radiant fingerlets of energy extending out in all directions. In cases of severe illness, these radiating lines may droop or matt together. This auric layer is able to draw energy into the body, thus it can energise us using the sun's rays, or it can draw in negative energy from other people around us.

 

Sealing the Aura:

 

Extend your arms, palms upward alongside of you. Move them towards the sky and when they are above your head but still not touching, picture a colour you would like to seal your aura with. Connect your hands and bring them down in front of you, into a praying position. Say thank you, for you know it has been done. Now, bring your left hand over your right in front of your lower stomach.Then thank your angels,spirit or whoever you like, then all blessings are done.

 



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