Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mexican Birds + Video

It's easy to separate animals from their natural habitats when you've only seen them in zoos. Not to say that you should go seek dangerous animals in the wild, of course, but it can be a thrill to see even the smallest and tamest exotic animals in their native homes. If you're on vacation in Mexico, keep an eye out for these birds.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Right Moment in Time - Ancient Toltec Practices

Many people know of the work of Carlos Castaneda and about his training with a Yaqui (Man of Knowledge) from Mesoamerica. He brought forth, to the Western world, a glimmer of the Toltec Shamanistic path in the 1970’s. But now, for the first time in history, the fullness of a Toltec Shamanistic path is being presented -- teachings, ceremonies, practices, postures, dances, philosophy, prophecy and an in-depth understanding of the mathematics of the cosmos and how this all relates to human consciousness and the Mesoamerican calendars.  You will find it all in this new book by Sergio Magaña Ocelocoyotl called, 2012 – 2021, The Dawn of the Sixth Sun - The Path of Quetzalcoatl.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Toltec Oracle - Victor Sanchez

Review of 'The Toltec Oracle' By Victor Sanchez 274 page book, 2 sets of cards and chart, Published by Bear & Co ISBN 978-1591430261 £35 Author website: http://www.toltecas.com/victorEn.php

Victor Sanchez is a Mexican author, psychotherapy trainer, retreat organiser, workshop facilitator and specialist in MesoAmerican spiritual tradition. Original artwork of the cards is from 400 year old codices. The accompanying book contains information on how to conduct a reading, various suggested spreads, an explanation of Toltec spirituality and provides the meaning for each card and its Toltec symbolism and metaphysics. It also includes information about  the indigenous words used in the book. The Toltec tradition is one of the oldest sources of spiritual wisdom in the world and helps us to apply shamanic knowledge to our daily life. According to the Toltecs, two interconnected and opposing energies propel evolution. Opposites complement each other and say, ‘You are my other self and we must co-exist’. To be ‘impeccable’, we must use this dual energy wisely and in so doing, we become a ‘warrior’. We must speak out loud to the deities (the Poderos) and develop a rapport and also make offerings - as this is how warriors sustain their path.  

A Better World is Possible + video

Circle Network Book Review: A Better World is Possible by Bruce Nixon, ISBN: 978-1-84694-514-4 Published by: O-Books as Paperback: £14.99 and E book: £8.23 409 pages Author’s website: www.brucenixon.com

Bruce Nixon is a veteran change agent, activist, writer, speaker, facilitator and business school teacher and he is passionate about sustainability, global justice, inclusive democracy and non-violence. In this comprehensive book, he brings all his knowledge and experience into the analysis of the state we are in, how we got here, and – more importantly – how we can turn things around and create a new and positive society by facing “the biggest challenge in our history”.

Friday, April 3, 2015

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.  

Playing for Change

February Oracle Card Reading + video

The first card chosen is The Magician (El Mago) from the Dali Tarot Deck. Described as the card of ‘Personal Magic’ the energy is described as real magic which is not limited to trickery, sleight of hand, hocus-pocus or stage illusions. With this magic, we transcend the normal and become one with ourselves, with God and the world. It shows Salvador Dali himself in the central position as the magus; in front of him are many of the tools of his trade and some of his most well-known works, such as the melting clock which represents elasticity and uniqueness of our own personal view and experience of time.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

To 'Awaken' What does it mean? + video

Several times, the word 'awake' is mentioned in the Bible. It is 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 it out) but why use metaphorical language when it confuses the issue? We can easily be more articulate and explain ourselves properly!

The word 'conscious' is also used in this context, but all creatures are conscious - unless they are unconscious and 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? 

Lucid Dreaming + video

Learning how to have a lucid dream is a very good and natural way of working on increasing your spiritual growth and development. It can help you awaken to more of your untapped inner abilities.You may have already experienced it once or twice without consciously trying to enter this state and now you would like to know how to have a lucid dream on a regular basis or at will. Well the good news is that because it is a natural process it can be easily repeated and you can learn how to do it on a regular basis or at will.

For Manifestation read Exploitation!

The 'Law' of Attraction?
I have a friend who is interested in the Law of Attraction. She reads lots of books and attends seminars and has a rather superior air when speaking to people who she does not considered as as 'enlightened' as she thinks she is! Recently, while launching a new business venture, she asked me for some business networking and promotional support which I gave to her freely despite usually being paid for my professional services. I wished I had such received assistance of this quality when I was new to self employment! Some months later, I asked her for a small favour which was promptly and discourteously declined. When I drew attention to the many months of work I had offered to her when she was starting out, she explained that she had 'manifested' me - that is, she had attacted all the free assistance I gave to her and did not wish to attract someone who wanted a favour. I was shocked; I can say even appalled! It would appear that this New Thought philosophy, described as a 'law' does not include personal aspects of integrity and ethics but is more to do with using people without conscience.
Wicca Magic?
Being interested in the New Age, as I am, I often rub shoulders with Wiccans and those who are involved with witchcraft and 'magic'. We both love nature and enjoy forms of divination, such as tarot cards. However, I had a recent experience which made me question the integrity of this path. A wicca women I know asked to stay with me for a few days and I agreed and cleared my spare room, hoovered and made the bed. I also filled the fridge with some tasty foods and did my best to make her stay as nice as it could be (not without extra cost in energy, money and time, I might add). She stayed longer than I expected, or had been arranged. When she left, I expected a card or a small gift to show that she appreciated what I had done for her. However, not even a 'thank you' was said. When I mentioned this to a mutual friend, I was told that this young wiccan woman had high expectations of other people - even a sense of entitlement! On enquiring further, I was told that, due to her 'wiccan practices and her 'magical' ability, that she had 'manifested' me and all the help I gave her. Therefore, she was a powerful 'witch' and I was just a cog in the wheel of her receiving from the 'universe' whatever she wanted. Needless to say, I was rather perturbed about this. I am a human being, not part of her fantasy! I will be cautious about performing good deeds for those who do not recognise me as a separate person in my own right!

The story of the New Age + video

Interview with Eckhart Tolle on his path to enlightenment. So what is the New Age about? This term means different things to different people, just as the word ‘spirituality’ means different things to different people. Terms need to be defined if we are to be able to understand each other. The New Age is a time of great atomisation, as it applauds individuality and everyone’s right to define the world as they please. It is a huge worldwide movement, made possible by the explosion of free information which is available on the internet. Many spiritual seekers find themselves getting lost in its vast choices and some become cynical about its more trivial aspects.

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,

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What Is Spirituality by Roy Klienwachter

What is this illusive thing that people go looking for called Spirituality? Spirit is 1/3 of the individualized entity; the body or ego that we know ourselves as being alive. By our very nature we are already spiritual and everything that we do is spiritual; we do not have to go looking for it. Many people spend a lifetime looking for spirituality and they never find it; you cannot find what is not lost or already is. What they are really looking for is spiritual awareness, an awareness of that which gives us life and mobility; an awareness of self.Many people confuse religion for spirituality, but religion is man’s attempt to explain spirituality and is a part of being spiritual as all things are. You will hear people say, “This or that person is very spiritual” but that is not really accurate. There are people who are more spiritually aware than others. But you are also spiritual, so there is no need to feel left out or less spiritual. Your spirituality can be developed consciously as awareness, but your spirit is already complete as is.

Get A Far Better Night's Sleep by Nettie J Houck

One of the greatest complaints physicians hear daily has to complete with poor good quality sleep. This either comes in the form of insomnia, or feeling tired still right after a full night's rest. Although a doctor may prescribe some sort of sleep aid like Ambien or Lunesta for short-term use, if it becomes a chronic issue a lot more tests are most likely in order to get towards the root of one's sleep difficulties. With testing along with the suitable diagnosis of a sleep disorder, it is possible to finally get the best therapy in order to get a better night's sleep lastly.

Caring For Loved Ones With Dementia

Dementia is extraordinarily difficult for the carer to handle. The carer watches helplessly as the patient loses memories, the ability to retain information, becomes incontinent, becomes depressed and perhaps develops psychosis. The patient can become easily agitated, aggressive, or overly emotional. The deterioration of a loved one with dementia leads to severe stress for the carer.

Top 10 Important Foods For Lowering Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

Research have discovered that Triglyceride levels have been directly linked to arteriosclerotic vascular disease which can be a primary trigger of cardiovascular disease , high blood pressure , and heart attacks . High triglyceride level is usually an indicator of poorly managed diabetes and even liver or even kidney diseases . High triglycerides levels could also be caused by various prescription medications for instance steroids , beta-blockers , tamoxifen or diuretics.

Even though there are lots of drugs offered ( prescribed or otherwise ) that aim to lower Cholesterol and Triglycerides levels , for many who does not have chronic hyperlipoproteinemia - changes to diet usually are more than enough to lower high levels .

This report aims to make available to you the Ten Essential Foods to Lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels along with other things to avoid that will raise your blood cholesterol and triglycerides . Below are a few suggestions to include if you would like to start a low triglycerides and cholesterol diet

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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Am I Dreaming? by Dr Rory MacSweeney

Is this a dream? This is a question we ask ourselves from time to time but how is it that we so rarely ask it when we are actually dreaming? Moreover what would happen if we did? The answer, unfortunately, is that we would most likely convince ourselves that we are not dreaming. Invariably we tend to confabulate, creating some kind of excuse as to why we are in a place or time that we simply could not physically be in. I know this because I am an oneiric scientist, that is to say, I study the theory dreams from the inside out.

 It is of course possible to realise that we are dreaming when we are dreaming and by doing so we enter a hybrid state of conscious known as a lucid dream. In a lucid dream we are self-aware as the ego of the dream. Entering this state, however, is somewhat of an upstream swim in that the neuropsychological odds are stacked heavily against us.

Savory Stuffing Recipe

Save time, calories and fat by using an herb-seasoned stuffing mix and substituting butter with low-fat, reduced-sodium chicken broth. In addition to extra celery, onions and garlic, add some leeks -- they fight heart disease and cancer -- and you’ll end up with low-fat stuffing rich in nutrients and antioxidants! Play around with flavor to create your own customized stuffing by adding any combination of nutrient-rich vegetables, fruits, dried fruits and chopped nuts.