Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Akasha - In The Cosmic Flow

One of my all time favourite pieces of music:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Resurgence


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Resurgence Magazine is, it’s thought, the longest-running environmental magazine in Britain. Its survival so long, without millionaire backing and without turning itself into a consumer lifestyle accessory, with the advertising to match, tells a compelling story – not only of conviction, commitment and endurance but of need, role and relevance. It was founded in 1966 by John Papworth, a well-known peace campaigner with connections to the Committee of 100 and the Peace Pledge Union, but rapidly broadened its critique from the nuclear nightmare generated by the Cold War to pollution, intensive farming and food production and the related political problems of centralisation, bigness and the growing separation of economics from ethics.

Peace One Day 2015

Dear Friend,
 
Peace Day 2015 is on Monday 21st of September. 

Peace Day 2015 will see the greatest number of people exposed to the message of the day. This year, we expect to see the largest awareness and the biggest decrease in violence ever recorded in a single day!
 
I am thrilled that this will be supported by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seek to tackle the great challenges that humanity faces. 

The success of these goals is something where we can all play a part. Indeed the SDGs will only be a success if it has wide public support. 

While observance of Peace Day supports all 17 SDGs, Goal 16 is particularly aligned with the values of Peace Day: both specifically seek to reduce violence. 

Let us therefore do all we can on 21 September in the hope that we can inspire others, especially young people, to engage with Peace Day and the SDGs.
 
Our work in the Great Lakes region of Africa (GLR) is made possible by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and it goes from strength to strength. We have concentrated on grassroots activation, and this, coupled with our Countdown to Peace Day forums, has manifested action on a scale we are delighted to see. This year we will celebrate grassroots activity across the region by broadcasting the Peace One Day Youth Celebration from Kigali, Rwanda. This spectacular event will be broadcast live to Rwanda, the Great Lakes region and the world by the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) network.
 
I hope you will be able to tune in to the Peace One Day Youth celebration via our website. More information will appear soon here.

I hope that your preparations are going well for Peace Day. Please tell us about your plans for the day via our online form here. If you haven’t decided yet what you’re going to do then look at our website for ideas. There are so many ways to get involved!
 
Here’s to a great Peace Day 2015 celebration, and a wonderful Peace Day overall!
 
Warm regards,
 
In peace
 
Jeremy Gilley
Founder, Peace One Day

Save our Bees! + video

Despite the US and the UK resisting, bee campaigners are celebrating the European Union prohibition on the use of systemic pesticides which have been demonstrated to be toxic to bees. A total of 15 of the 27 European member states voted for a 2 year ban on neonicotinoids and 300,000 people in the UK signed a petition to bring in a ban. Most bumblebee species are declining and 6 species have suffered an 80% reduction in numbers in recent years. In the past 100 years, 20 British bee species have become extinct and 35 British bees are currently at risk of extinction. This is due to several factors, not just the chemicals which reduce their immune system capabilities, but loss of habitat plays a large role as does the removal of honey from hives and replacing it with sugar water which provides none of the valuable nutrients for bees throughout the winter, and does not provide the antibacterial that is needed for them to fight diseases. With 98% of wild flower meadows vanishing since 1950, we need to plant flowers that will help bees to thrive. They play a crucial role in plant pollination.  

Chris Street asks ‘Is London the City of Revelation?’

There have been several attempts to re-build London as ‘The New Jerusalem’. The first was by the Knights Templar who, in 1185, modelled their Temple Church in Holborn on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and sited the building exactly the same distance from St. Pauls Cathedral as the Holy Sepulchre is sited from the Dome of the Rock. Clearly they saw a connection, or wanted to create one. Approx 500 years later, following the Great Fire of London, Sir Christopher Wren conceived his own plan to re-build London as the New Jerusalem, whilst his rival, John Evelyn, devised a design for the city based upon the cabbalistic tree of life.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The chant of 'OM' + video


The word 'om' has several meanings:
  • The Sound of All Sounds
  • The Sound of the Universe
  • The Sound of Creation
  • The Beginning of Life
It contains 4 separate parts: ah-oh-mmm and silence. 

Sit comfortably with your back straight. Inhale. On the exhalation begin chanting 'om' . Pause, inhale and exhale and chant again in a regular rhythm and without strain.

Sustainability - cities leading the way! + video

Jonathon Porritt reflects on sustainability. Governments are failing to meet their responsibilities on climate change and population explosions, climate change and vital loss of trees. In the USA, it is often city mayors who are making the running, sometimes with the active support of state governors. It was Mayor Bloomberg of New York who succeeded in forcing climate change into last year’s presidential election, endorsing Barack Obama in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In China, there’s an extremely active network of eco cities, enthusiastically competing amongst themselves for government support and new industry investments.


How is money created? + video

Do you know how our money is created? Most people don’t, but it isn't complicated, says Bruce Nixon! 97% of our money is created by commercial banks when they make loans, i.e. interest bearing debt, not by the Bank of England or the Mint. Only 3% is created in the form of notes and coins. Thus the profits of creating money go to the commercial banks rather than the public purse.

Over the last 40 years commercial banks have increased the money supply at an average of 11.5% a year. And that was obviously too much, too quickly. If the increase in the money supply were say 5% a year, about £60bn a year could go to the government and reduce our taxes by that amount.

Satchita

Blind Man

Playing for Change Music Choice

John Gray on Health and Happiness + video

In a personal message to the Administrator of the Mind Body Spirit Magazine, John Gray writes "So much of my work can be summed by saying, "If you don't know your past, you will not know your future! I try to help people move forward by looking at their past mistakes and removing the blocks that are holding them back from finding happiness. Basically, unloading their baggage so they can enjoy their future (which is usally a combination of parents, siblings, friends, exes, etc) and is also the basis for most of my health work - unloading the baggage from past health decisions, which can be a combination of poor diet, not enough exercise, genetic traits and even prescribed medications.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Age Spirituality!

Transcendant experience is a natural part of life, whether it is described as 'enlightenment', 'consciousness', or 'awareness'. Ordinary people describe many kinds of 'spiritual' experiences whatever the words used to describe them. They may be accompanied by a sense of awe, sacredness, peace and wonder -some hear voices - maybe from those no longer alive - some have premonitions. Those who have had these experiences, often describe their priorities and perspectives on life as changing. They become more understanding and more supportive of others, have a deeper sense of the importance of life, they want to help others, they are more forgiving, care about those who are suffering - including animals. If you had only one week to live, how would you live it, would you visit those who you really love, put your house in order, do something kind pr good for someone in need, tell your loved ones what they mean to you?

What could trigger these experiences? 
Listening to music!
Being in nature!
Prayer!
Silence! 
A known holy place!

"The more one searches, the less one finds! The wind bloweth where it listeth, and comes when least expected!

Disappearing Wildlife Red Alert + video

In 1979, Africa had 1,300,000 wild Elephants, today, there are 400,000 alive and the land is guarded by park rangers and it is estimated more than 1,000 rangers have been killed by armed militia groups in the past ten years trying to protect them.
23tonnes of Elephant Ivory was confiscated in 2012 - equivalent to the tusks of 2,500 Elephants. Seizures of illegal ivory are at their highest for 20 years  The price of Rhino horn has increased to £37.500 per kilogram, twice the price of gold and platinum (and more valuable than black market diamonds or cocaine). The illegal trade in wildlife is one of the most lucrative trades in the world, worth £6,000,000,000 per year and is ruthless in its quest. Animals are viciously killed and people are also killed. . This trade is fueled by the new middle classes of the Far East, Vietnam is the top destination point for Rhino horn where they trade in carcass, tusk and horn, in one haul 1,200 Rhino tusks were seized in Hong Kong. Approx 5,000 Rhinos remain in the wild.  


Voices of Divine Feminine



Voices of the Sacred Feminine – Conversations to Re-Shape Our World, Edited by Rev Dr Karen Tate, Published by Changemaker Books. 400 pages 
This is an anthology of specially chosen articles about the Divine Feminine, each between approx. 400 – 1,000 words in length. All articles cover some aspect of the goddess and are derived from many cultures, for instance, sacred activism, social change, planetary welfare, healing, empowerment and mutual support, in addition to challenges to major patriarchal religious thought. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The 'Fireworks' Moment - The Spectacular Artwork of Mark Golding

I would like to introduce Mind Body Spirit Magazine readers to the extraordinary ‘fireworks’ mandala style artwork of Mark Golding from Lewes in South England. In addition to being a distinguished artist, Mark is a poet, writer, counsellor and philosopher. Mark has been through trauma and depression in his life and recalled the moment of wonder and delight experienced when seeing the beauty of the firework and this has inspired his incredible artwork which has a scientific and mathematical basis.
Wendy: Please tell us something about yourself and your work.

To 'Awaken' What does it mean? + video

SAY IT AS IT IS! Several times, the word 'awake' is mentioned in the Bible. It is also mentioned in Islam and it is very often mentioned in New Age philosophy; but what does it mean to awaken? 

We all know what it means to sleep (we spend a third of our life in the state and soon get ill if we miss out) but why use metaphorical language when it confuses such an important matter? We can surely be more articulate and explain ourselves properly!

What does it mean to be 'enlightened'? There is so much talk about it - but so little meaningful explanation!

The word 'conscious' is also used in this context, but all creatures are conscious - unless they are unconscious ie comatose - but conscious of what? That is the question!

The word 'aware' is sometimes used instead of 'awake' or 'conscious' but aware of what we need to ask? 


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Friday, August 28, 2015

What are Runes?

Runes are letters of an alphabet that developed from extremely ancient illustrations, each of which once had a specific meaning. These gradually developed into an ancient form of writing, which can be traced back from markings that appeared on rocks as early as the neolithic period. Among the signs engraved on these early Runes were parts of the body, weapons, animals and variations on the square, circle and swastika.

Later on, these symbols became simplified into abstract hieroglyphics,  wich were composed of lines that no longer resembled specific objects. In addition to being used to communicate ideas, Runic letter images were considered so powerful and magical that they were inscribed into tools, weapons, rocks, altars and personal items. In addition, from these earliest of days, these magical markings were inscribed into wooden pieces that were thrown down and "read" as an early form of fortune telling. 


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Yoko Ono & Sean Lennon Launch Artists Against Fracking + video

 Artists Against Fracking has been launched by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon as a new coalition of artists, musicians, filmmakers and public figures opposed to hydraulic fracking. The growing coalition now includes more than 180 members, including Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin, Marina Abramovic, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cindy Sherman, MGMT, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Liv Tyler, Mario Batali, Roberta Flack, Robert De Niro, Mark Ruffalo, Uma Thurman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and many others. The full list is at www.artistsagainstfracking.com.