Saturday, March 18, 2017

UK's Trade in Illegal Rhino Horn

Eight poachers attacked a Rhino orphanage at Thula Thula using a machete on two 18 month old orphans whose mothers had already been slaughtered for their horn. Impi was orphaned at two months old; he laid beside his mother's butchered carcass for six days, eating mud, until rescuers found him close to death.  More than 700 Rhinos were slaughtered in South Africa in 2016.  According to the Zoological Society, a Rhino is hacked to death every 11 hours. Traffickers from the UK are trading in Rhino horn, buying online from middle-men who operate from South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea and who sell it for £20,000 per lb. 

In South Africa the number of Rhinos slaughtered in 2007 was 13; in 2008 the number was 83. In 2011, 448 Rhinos were slaughtered and the number is rising each year. By 2015, a tipping point was reached where more were dying than being born - a recipe for certain extinction. The horn is used by the Chinese and Vietnamese for herbal medicine and in the Middle East, it is used to make dagger handles. The Yemen and Oman are thought to be the biggest users. Loss of habitat also contributes to their declining numbers.



Friday, March 10, 2017

Progressive Relaxation video

Please dont drive or operate machinery while listening to this guided meditation video. Allow 30 minutes to fully relax without interruption. The text is by Wendy Stokes from her book The Lightworkers Circle Guide - A Workbook for Spiritual Groups. 
Make yourself comfortable, lie down, take a couple of deep breaths, close your eyes and enjoy the experience. 

This video will relieve stress and aid wellbeing and health.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Akasha - In The Cosmic Flow

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Low Self Esteem

There are many causes of low self esteem. It is a largely unrecognised condition that controls your life, reduces your enjoyment of life, causes you to not succeed in life, either in the work environment or in personal relationships. Especially, you might allow yourself to be badly treated by other people - or treat other people badly - and you might not be ambitious for yourself or your children. You might not realise just how low your self esteem is. Working to improve your self worth is something you can do for yourself. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Baha'i

The Baha'i religion was founded by Mizra Hasayn Ali in Iran and this faith has now spread across the world. It is both peace-loving and humanitarian and it praises equality and kindness. There are no clergy, rites or sacraments and there is an emphasis on caring for all species, and for the planet, hence vegetarianism. If you are fascinated to learn more, please visit the archives here on this link: http://free-ebooks.bahaibookstore.com/

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Before 4004BC

Around this date, patriarchal culture began to supercede the previous matriarchal cultures. The most ancient deity was a female, known as the Great Goddess, and her full figure statuettes are found internationally and described as 'Venus' figurines. She was described as Ishtar in Mesopotamia, as Astarte in Phoenecia, as Iset in Egypt. It is said that her culture was peaceloving, where the weak and disabled were cared for and where the planet was regarded as sacred. Find books to interest you by visiting on this link: http://freepsychotherapybooks.org/?gclid=Cj0KEQiAwrbEBRDqxqzMsrTGmogBEiQAeSE6ZWDBcyKiJqv3owEWr-oAE-Wm1JFobq9RfPh4ngMk0KkaAiJ38P8HAQ
 



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Better World is Possible

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 where you can download your free ebook: 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”.



Monday, February 27, 2017

Pulsing

Pulsing is a form of gentle and comfortable rocking movements which were developed in the mid 1970s by Curtis Turchin who was originally a Postural Integration therapist. He took some aspects of the Trager Approach to create a stretching and lifting style of bodywork to rock the client's body in order to release tension and stress. Rhythmic and meditative. 
For more information, visit:  http://www.hht.co.nz/4pro.pdf
and http://www.holisticpulsing.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/HP-INFO-SLIDES.pdf

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Eurythmy

This is a sacred dance or rhythmic and meditative movement where legends and myths are re-enacted. It was created by Rudolf Steiner, who formed the Anthroposophical Society when he broke away from Theosophy where he was a General Secretary of the German branch. Steiner was born in 1861, son of a railway worker and was mainly self taught and by his secondary school, he was teaching other pupils and he gained entry to University of Vienna where he studied sciences. His meditation practice was established by the time he moved to Berlin where he edited a literary magazine. 
There are Steiner Schools throughout the world which teach children in a way which stimulates their own interests. To find out more, follow the link: http://www.eurythmy.org.uk/faq/index.html

Friday, February 24, 2017

Tai Chi Ch'uan

This is a form of ancient graceful exercise, yoga and it is also a martial art which is performed as a strengthening for the body and meditation for the mind. It also helps deportment and eases joints and strengthens muscles. Slow, purposeful moves increase energy, chi, and is popular throughout the world, especially in China where it is used as a communiy exercise, often performed in public. To assist wellbeing, reduce stress and provide grace and poise!
For more information, visit: http://isainfante.org/Downloads/SimplifiedTaiChiChuan.pdf
and here:  http://www.taowoods.org/texts/tai_chi_1.pdf

Shamanic Guided Journey

A popular guided meditation as per modern shamanic insight and wisdom. Do not operate a vehicle and ensure you are not interrupted for the duration of the journey. Beginning with a relaxation prior to the guided journey. 


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Psychosynthesis

Psychosynthesis is described as the 'psychology with a soul'. Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974), an Italian psychiatrist who travelled widely in his early life and spoke many languages, is the creator of this form of humanistic and transpersonal psychotherapy. It is principally based on the understanding that our personality is comprised of many sub personalities which act like musicians playing in a orchestra without a maestro. By gaining understanding of these sub personalities, we can bring them into harmony, so they create a wonderful piece of music that enables us to have a flourishing life. Love, wisdom and creativity are goals of this therapy. Psychosynthesis uses creative visualisation (also called guided imagery) to access the inner world and inform our understanding of the way we think and feel. Assagioli was imprisoned by the Faschists and spent his time in meditation and this influenced his work later in life. For more information about psychosynthesis, visit the Synthesis Centre on this link: https://www.synthesiscenter.org/PDFgallery.htm

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Global Sale of Fur at an All Time High!

VIDEO CAUTION - GRAPHIC IMAGES:
Top fashion models, such as Naomi Campbell, who do not get out of bed for less than a £10,000 daily fee at one time pledged they would never wear fur and would rather go naked. But 400 of the world's up-market designers are using animal pelts for fashion on the cat-walks of London, Paris, Milan and New York, dressing high paid models in furs costing five figure sums. The UK fur market has more than doubled with Britain's leading fur retailer, Hockley, increasing sales by 44% in its London store over the past ten years. Mulberry, Gucci, Fendi and others are stocking winter collections. London is now the fastest growing market in Europe and sales in Asia are booming at £3.7 billion per year. World sales in fur reached £10.3 billion last year.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Primal Therapy

Primal Therapy is a form of psychotherapy based on relieving the repressed feelings that result from childhood trauma or abuse by giving vent to the pain through the voice, often by crying and screaming. This allows the trauma, which might have been hidden from others for a lifetime, to be fully experienced, heard, to be exorcised, and then for the person to be supported and cared for, thereby healing the pain on the past, a process of catharsis. Dr Arthur Janov (born 1924), a psychologist and therapist, is the creator of this therapeutic technique and his book which describes his ideas, beliefs and the method of this therapy is titled 'The Primal Scream'. He also his written other books on psychotherapy. He was very influential in the 1970s, especially in California, and had some very high profile clients, such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
More information about Primal Therapy: http://www.primaltherapy.com/FRAMESbasic/aptFrame.htm
and http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-94-011-7721-4_4#page-1

Monday, February 20, 2017

Psychodrama

Jacob L Moreno (1889-1974) created this technique for gaining insight into relationships that are buried in the unconscious. A New York psychiatrist, social scientist and polymath, his very early interest in theatre in Vienna led to psychodrama as a form of therapy around 1910 and it became very popular in the 1960s and 70s amongst the personal growth movement. Moreno was a pioneer and early psychotherapist. His work is profoundly interesting and reveals many aspects of the way we relate to others, especially family members. His writing is of great interest to those who follow his innovative understanding of interpersonal relationships and is well worth further study. Psychodrama is used is psychotherapy, in theatre training groups, if you are interested in psychodrama for use in court rooms by lawyers, take a look at the information on this link: http://asgpp.org/pdf/Cole_Psychodrama_Pt%201&2.pdf


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Eco-shamanism

 We are learning from the ancient tribal peoples - age old wisdom - that we must care for what we have or we will lose it. Shamanism is the original form of contact with nature spirits for the health and wellbeing of individuals and the tribe. All who heard the voice of God, prophets, sybils, seers and others, such as Moses, Jesus, Muhammed, were the equivalent of shamans. Eco shamanism is about listening to the nature spirits and caring for and protecting nature. Our unique and finite planet is in danger due to humankind's use of resources, and lack of awarerness with regards to how we dispose of toxic substances. Protecting the seas, the soil and the air is now a priority as is conserving the biodiveersity of our planet where every species relies on each other. 

Information about shamanism on this link: http://www.akademickyrepozitar.sk/sk/repozitar/modernfacesofancientwisdom.pdf


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Neuro Linguistic Programming

NLP was developed in the early 1970s by John Grinder, a linguistics expert at the University of California, and Richard Bandler, a Gestalt therapist and computer programmer. Together they made a study of three leading therapeutic practitioners, Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson. They discovered that patterns could assist learning and development and that these could be applied to psychology in the areas of education, business and counselling. For more information, follow this link: http://www.nlpinfocentre.com/free_nlp_ebooks.htm

Friday, February 17, 2017

Anger Management

Anger is a natural emotion which humans and animals feel for a number of reasons, such as a result of injustice. However, it is also very common when a threat is perceived - the fight or flight response, either run away or turn and fight the perceived opponent. Often these reactions are aggressive, and can make an already difficult situation even more difficult. There are many ways to deal with angry feelings. Often underneath the anger are feelings of grief and fear. If you are an angry person, relax and deal with the situation at a later time when you are not overwhelmed by what is happening. Learning a few simple steps can put an end to over-reacting.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Albert Ellis - Rational Emotive Therapy

This is a video of Albert Ellis (1913-2007), creator of Rational Emotive Psychotherapy (RT). Out of the three demonstrations, Fritz Perls, Carl Rogers and Albert Ellis, Ellis is my favourite! His therapy is direct, clear and can be confrontational but it works quickly and profoundly.Albert Ellis has always been a favourite of mine. He seems to be able to get to the heart of the situation (but does not often spare the client's feelings!). To find out more about this extraordinary psychotherapist and his work, visit this website: http://www.rebtnetwork.org/library.html

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Qabalah

A Rabbinical mystical Philosophy of ancient origin and handed down by word of mouth, the Qabalah (sometimes spelt Kabbalah or without the 'h' in either spelling) refers to the Creative source by four letters, YHVH, often pronounced as Yehovah, as the name of god was too holy to be spoken. The source is shown as a diagram, a glyph, called the 'tree of life', with ten aspects, from the physical world to the immaterial. These ten aspects, known as sephirot or containers, are, at their highest, altruistic and are required for an ethical life and show the importance of truth, compassion, justice, serenity, wisdom, charity, joy, trust, commitment, and other spiritual values which create a living, thriving tree which provides fruit, materials for building, etc., for the whole of the community. In the teaching, these spiritual values also bring health, wellbeing, respect and honour. They can be reversed by those who wish to devote their lives to evil and would represent lies, sadism, injustice, narcissism, etc., and represent a tree which bears only self serving uses. No-one would ever wish a new horn baby to grow up to be greedy, hurtful or self-serving. We all want that child to have a loving disposition and treated with care, kindness and respect. The Qabalah is a way to understand how to live a life with beauty, productivity and to make the world a better place. It also explains how to understand other people, and assess their integrity. Find out more by following this link to more reading material: http://emu73.hol.es/power-of-kabbalah.pdf