Uncategorized

What “The Flintstones” shows up about Hollywood

I’m convinced that if you watch this episode of “The Flintstones” called “Dino Goes Hollyrock” you have everything you’ll ever need in order to understand Hollywood.
It touches on cosmetic surgery, fake public personas, seeing celebrities when they are “off” and understanding the importance of your real home and where you come from.
Here’s Dino in love with Sassie…
Dino vendo TVeditada (Custom)
Dino meeting Sassie on the set…
Dino and Sassy
Dino’s reaction to being told his tail is “too big” and needs to be “cut off”…
SASSY
Sassie showing her real self up…
Sassie Wig
Including taking off her fake eyelashes…
Sassie Lash
I bring this up because of last week’s Oscars. I know its last week’s news for whatever reason, my FaceBook feed is STILL full of annoying Oscar stories. For some reason people find it to be almost as important as finding a cure to cancer or a new, habitable planet…
 Even then, watching the Oscars is like watching a train-wreck, you don’t really want to watch it but try as hard as you may, you can’t look away either.
To me it reminds me of a really bad version of high school prom or graduation…
The prom scene from John Hughes 1980's classic "Pretty in Pink"

The prom scene from John Hughes 1980’s classic “Pretty in Pink”

Everyone dressed up in all their finery, and on occasion, hitting it out of the ballpark…
There was only one woman ever who could rock polka dots AND stripes at the same time and that was Audrey Hepburn...with the help of French designer Hubert de Givenchy, towering behind her.

There was only one woman ever who could rock polka dots AND stripes at the same time and that was Audrey Hepburn…with the help of French designer Hubert de Givenchy, towering behind her.

And at other times not…
Demi Moore caught the bike-shorts-are-cool craze in the mid-1980s. This is what happens when you allow actors to do something they are not qualified to do (in this case fashion  design)

Demi Moore caught the bike-shorts-are-cool craze in the mid-1980s. This is what happens when you allow actors to do something they are not qualified to do (in this case, fashion design)

Everyone is full of fake smiles and shiny eyes and air-kissing each other when in reality most of them want to get into a fight with each other. Everyone having to sit down quietly and politely applaud on cue, even for musical numbers you’d rather boo off the stage. I honestly don’t think I could have sat in that auditorium, with a straight face, without cringing especially while Bette Midler was singing “Wind Beneath My Wings”, probably the cheesiest song of all time. (I’m going to spare you and NOT put the video here since I classify it as noise pollution).
However, I do love it when something “off” happens and even for a millisecond, you see people’s true colours flash.  Like when the screenshot of squares of all the nominees appear with their faces and you watch them the second the winner is announced, and just for that 1/1000th of a second, you see the bitterness, the rancour and the disappointment before the congratulatory smile appears.
Poor Leo, always a nominee, never a winner. Chin up Dude, you're in good company which includes Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton and Barbara Stanwyck.

Poor Leo, always a nominee, never a winner. (Chin up Dude, you’re in good company which includes Peter O’Toole, Richard Burton and Barbara Stanwyck)

You really can’t hide things for very long, no matter how hard you try.
You also see the politics of the Hollywood establishment come out as well. I mean English actress Vanessa Redgrave was persona non grata in some Hollywood circles after her remarks about “Zionist hoodlums” back in the 1970s. (Honestly people, grow up.)
La Swinton wearing a scarf designed by Bella Freud

La Swinton wearing a scarf designed by Bella Freud as featured in Vogue magazine

So I was very happy to see every girl’s current crush, English actor Benedict Cumberbatch photobomb the likes of U2.
Here you have, one of the most mythic rock bands U2, all trying to look serious and dignified, sucking in their cheeks, posing with their best angle for the camera and suddenly you have this  Tin Tin lookalike Jack-in-the-Box, springing up out of nowhere, just stealing their thunder completely.
Ben

Ben

Tin Tin

Tin Tin

To me, it showed that this guy has a very, very keen sense of humour and is able to see through the whole thing completely. He knows it’s a game and he’s not taking himself too seriously while he’s playing it. That makes him instantly cool and very rare in Hollywood terms.
***********************
Dear Tracy Tabernacle, Not only is your baby brother an “old soul” as he was rightly referred to by one of his drama teachers, he’s also a beautiful one. Please help him to keep his feet firmly planted on the ground, his heart in the right place and all the star-dust from getting into his eyes too much.
By every account, he's a really nice guy.

By every account, he’s a really nice guy, a good guy. (Photo: Helen Rushbrook)

Dear Ben, should you ever find yourself in my neck of the woods and filming at Mel’s Studio and getting tired of hanging around film industry types, there are a couple of great pubs in town we can go to for a burger and a pint because I’d be very curious to hear your thoughts on the following: why there is a dearth of plays from the Continent being put on these days in the English speaking world? Excluding Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” which has been done to death, it would seem that the plays of the likes of Schiller, Pushkin, Lessing (esp. Nathan The Wise) and further afield, Tagore, can easily be updated to a modern setting, modern dialogue and modern scenes. The themes are universal enough and anyone can relate to them. Why do you think there is a bias? About the Iffland Ring, Bruno Ganz deserves to hold it, but I’d wager that Klaus Maria Brandauer would be a close second; What do you think? Ben Whishaw in “Bright Star” or Noah Taylor in “Flirting”? If you could meet Wim Wenders and ask him a question about “Wings of Desire”, what would it be since I understand that’s one of your favorite films? I chatted with him once about the film and we ended up talking about Rainier Maria Rilke and how Rilke and Plato may have subconsciously influenced him in writing that film.
The poet Rainier Maria Rilke influenced Wim Wenders in no small part.

The mystical German poet Rainier Maria Rilke influenced Wim Wenders in no small part.

I’d also like to compare notes on the following with you: You walked away from death 4 times,  so did I (I’ve only written about 2 of the 4 times). How did you feel each time you did? My first reaction is to get angry. I understand your great-grandfather was consul general  in Turkey for Queen Victoria. My grandfather worked directly with all the Governors of Bengal during the 1930s under George V. Incidentally, how did you like teaching English to the Tibetans? I taught English to the Turks for 3 years and loved it. I know you love doing extreme sports, (so do I, albeit in smaller doses) and enjoy going to rock concerts (I’m usually in the front row at any show involving Radiohead, Depeche Mode or Arcade Fire) so I understand the adrenaline rush-thing from these sorts of activities but how do you balance that need at times particularly in light of the enormous amounts of quiet concentration and study needed when preparing for a role?
Lastly, I’ve never made Banoffee Pie before, which I know is one of your favorites. However, my Strawberry Tiramisu (which I make with shavings of Toblerone chocolate, custard pudding, ladies fingers, Bailey’s Irish Creme and fresh June strawberries of course) has been known to induce mania.
Give me enough notice and I’ll whip up a batch for you.
Cheers Dude!
Strawberry_Tiramisu_hero-5e2be19a-22c0-492b-837d-1cb4859fbd23-0-472x310
Categories: Politico, Pop culture, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments

Things are Heating up ….Again

Like I posted earlier, I had a feeling something was about to go down soon. Initially I thought it would involve the Olympics, but it turns out the event may have been wrong but the neighborhood is correct.

It's the gas pipeline, stupid

It’s the gas pipeline, Stupid

Unless you’ve been living under a rock it’s hard not to notice what is happening in the Ukraine these days. America and Russia’s Cold War antics have been resurrected…again. There are tons of websites, blogs and news outlets which are providing very insightful commentary on the situation but it should be obvious that the United States is trying to begin regime change…again. Putting in a bully leader of their choice in a different country…again. It certainly doesn’t help matters when the  US Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, was caught saying on a recorded phone conversation “Fuck the EU” which Russian authorities promptly released to the world. It doesn’t help matters when it’s also come out that the US has invested over $5 billion dollars to start regime change in the Ukraine. (Look who is sponsoring the video event below as evidenced by the logo on the screen)

It should also come as no surprise, that drunkard, trigger-happy Senator John (Wayne) McCain has been pushing this “war” and is getting back at Vladimir Putin, most likely for not participating in the war against Syria and vetoing the motion at the United Nation Security Council and for providing amnesty to Edward Snowden. My personal opinion is that I think big-time NWO insiders,  Zbigniew Brzezinski and George Soros are behind it all. Brzezinski was President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor. He’s also ethnically Polish and for many historical reasons, Poles have despised the Russians. Brzezinski’s family was also Polish nobility who lost everything when the Soviets took over Poland and made it communist and I think that would explain Brzezinski’s openly fanatical hatred of Russia going back decades now. 
Zbigniew Brzezinski

Zbigniew Brzezinski

George Soros

George Soros

 

Billionaire hedge-fund manager George Soros, of course is the financier of his Open Society Foundations, which have been behind nearly every “revolution” in most Eastern European countries. He plays the same playbook over and over again, namely creating NGOs, funding them, usually for marginalized groups,  whose causes are then “used” to challenge leadership of those countries where he would like to see regime change and funding these “Color Revolutions”
 
It was blatantly obvious in the lead-up to the Sochi Olympics when suddenly LGBT NGOs were crying foul about Russian discrimination against them. (To be perfectly clear, I have absolutely no issue with the LGBT cause, I have many friends who are gay, lesbian and bisexual whom I love dearly.) But if discrimination against the LGBT in Russia is so heinous, how come I never heard about it earlier before the Olympics? If it is as bad as the media have been depicting it, surly we would have heard about it years ago via Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch? Why didn’t I hear about it years ago? Why did the issue suddenly come to the forefront right before the Olympics?
putin_rainbow
Like I’ve written earlier, I don’t think Putin is an angel BUT he’s completely correct in classifying NGOs as “Foreign Agents”. (NGOs acting as intelligence-gathering apparatuses under the guise of international development  and international aid is nothing new. It’s not a coincidence that Sargent Shriver, President John F. Kennedy’s brother-in-law, founded the Peace Corps at the height of the Cold War to operate in countries which were part of the Non-Aligned Movement. That’s not to say they don’t do good work in impoverished areas and that’s not to say that all persons in international development are automatically agents or spies, but doing good humanitarian work is not their only raison d’etre…)
Ukraine is a big country. There are huge differences in the ethnic make-up and culture from East to West and North to South. The eastern and southern parts are more Russian in character while the northern and western feel more affinity towards Europe. The people there should decide who they want to align with. I don’t think the US or the EU should be telling other countries who to vote in and especially not those persons who they can pay off and install so they have access to key natural gas pipelines.
800px-Russians_Ukraine_2001
If you really want to have fun, watch CNN for 20 minutes on the Ukraine issue then switch over to RT and watch their coverage of the Ukraine issue for 20 minutes. Both sides have blatantly obvious biases. The truth is buried somewhere in between, I think.
Also, like I posted earlier, Britain has been hit with epic flooding in recent weeks and months. It would seem the flooding of Somerset County, where Glastonbury Tor is located, has been deliberate. The Tor is very literally the spiritual heart of Britain, and intimately tied in to the legends of the Druids, King Arthur, Merlin (who was a Druid), Avalon and even further back, to Atlantis. It would seem that if the Tor’s clean energy and its holy wells and springs are polluted, then Britain would follow.
avalon-burrow-mump
I don’t think all hope is lost. I think the old Druids were smarter than that. They wouldn’t have placed all their eggs in one basket. I think there are places in the British Isles which are just as powerful energetically as the Tor only they are dormant…for now. Places where the energy needs to be re-activated by those people who are wise enough and sensitive enough to do it. Offhand, I couldn’t tell you all the places unless I walked all over the place there and did some serious investigation and research, but I can say, without doubt, that Alderley Edge is a potent spot where the energy can go either way, which ley line readers and dowsers would be smart to investigate.
The view of the village of Alderley from Castle Rock.

The view of the village of Alderley from Castle Rock.

These days, millionaire footballers and their vulgar wives make their homes there but in earlier times, legends of the Edge abounded.  English novelist Alan Garner immortalised the Edge in his fantasy books, particularly “The Weirdstone of Brisingamen”  but he based the stories largely on local myths and legends.  However, I’ve always believed some of these old myths and stories have a kernel of truth in them somewhere.  God knows, if I were in the UK right now, that’s where I’d make a beeline towards to do some work.
weirdstone-radiotimes2
Categories: Ascension, Ch-ch-ch-changes, Conspirio, New Energy Centers, Politico, Pop culture, Think like the Illuminati, Those unseen things, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Intro: A Baptism of Fire

shawshank1

Tim Robbins after his escape from prison in “The Shawshank Redemption”

To those of you who don’t know me personally, there was a time when I was a spiritual caregiver at a very busy hospital in a very violent city in the United States. Once upon a time they used to call it pastoral care or chaplaincy but since the term “pastoral” has a very Christian connotation to it, they decided to call  it spiritual care-giving instead in order to be more inclusive of other faith traditions and paths.

chaplaincy3
To call it a baptism of fire would be an understatement.
It was life and death literally every day. Dealing with the living who will shortly die either through cancer, HIV-related illnesses, or dealing with family members of those who died too quickly and too violently in the trauma bay, mostly through gun-shot wounds or drug-related violence. It also meant dealing with life, women giving birth under complicated situations, people who were struggling to live and for me, being present in the midst of that struggle and trying to overcome my own discomfort and projection in some of those situations, never mind how troubling or traumatic those situations could be.
20120520
Sometimes it meant visiting patients the night before an important surgery and talking with them long into the night or it could mean just simply holding someone’s hand and say nothing at all. At times it meant accompanying shocked parents to the hospital morgue in order identify the body of a son who had died due to a bullet wound. At other times it meant being asked to be in the birthing room because a troubled teenager asked me to be there with her because no one else would. Sometimes, it just meant praying with someone, even a prayer from a completely different tradition from my own but it was one they wanted and needed to have repeated.
emotional-intelligence
There’s nothing New Age or conspiracy-related about these stories but I’ve sat on them for over 10 years now and I think it’s time to let them go. I’m sharing them because if through reading them, it can help someone, anyone learn about emotional intelligence, and how to connect to others on that level, even through some of my own mistakes and biases which I’ve documented…well that would be something. All too often in the “spiritual” scene, there’s plenty of talk about energies, frequencies and putting our thoughts and words into actions and deeds but very little about that intermediate stage between the physical and spiritual, namely the emotional, and honestly, that’s the real connector which many people forget about. How do you begin to resonate with another human being, so different from you and yet, still remain you? How do you reach another person whose beliefs may be so different from your own despite our own common humanity?
Emotional-Intelligence-Mind-Map-Nitya-Wakhlu
So the next few weeks, I’ll be posting the reports of my various encounters I had in the hospital wards. There’s nothing magical, yogic or supernatural about them so apologies in advance to my conspiracy-based or yoga-based readers. Sometimes they will be emotionally heavy to read  so I’ll completely understand if I lose a few readers along the way. But that’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and ACPE certification for you. There’s nothing light and fluffy or easy about the hospital wards where real human suffering is taking place. And even if that suffering is personal, the origins of much of that same suffering has to do with the world out there we are all living in, in a political and socio-economic reality which drives people to take desperate measures in their own lives or with the lives of others. All the stories are true, but the names have been changed to protect their identities.
Categories: Raise your EQ, Spiritual Care giving, This is why the planet is screwed up, Uncategorized | 7 Comments

The Business of Love

Now, I’m going to tell you about Spencer.

You may think you’ve waited a long time. But let’s face it, so did I.  I was thirty-three.

It seems to me I discovered what “I Love You” really means. It means I put you and your interests and your comfort ahead of my own interests and my own comfort because I love you.

I love you.

What does this mean?

Think. 

We use this expression very carelessly.  

LOVE has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything. What you will receive in return varies. But it really has no connection with what you give. You give because you love and you cannot help giving. If you are very lucky, you may be loved back. That is delicious but it does not necessarily happen. It really implies total devotion. And total is all-encompassing – the good of you, the bad of you. I am aware that I must include the bad.            

I loved Spencer Tracy.  

He and his interests and his demands came first. This was not easy for me because I was definitely a me me me person. It was a unique feeling that I had for Spencer. I would have done anything for him. My feelings – how can you describe them? – the door between us was always open. There were no reservations of any kind. He didn’t like this or that. I changed this or that. They might have been qualities which I personally valued. It did not matter. I changed them.  Food – we ate what he liked.  We did what he liked.  We lived a life which he liked. This gave me great pleasure. The thought that this was pleasing him. Certainly I had not felt this way with my other beaux. I was looking for them to please me. It is a very different relationship. It’s like a wonderful cocktail party. But it ain’t love….There is an enormous difference between “love” and “like”.  Usually we use the word “love” when we really mean “like”.  I  think that very few people ever mean love. I think that “like” is a much easier relationship. It is based on sense. Love – a blind spot.

“Me: Stories of My Life”, Katharine Hepburn

====================================================

Katharine Hepburn has always been one of my heroes. She played the Hollywood game and beat it down every time, and in doing so, earned the respect of practically everyone there. She also lived her life according to her own rules and never settled or compromised to anyone else’s wishes.

 

KATHARINE HEPBURN IN LOS ANGELES

I read the aforementioned book years ago and this quote, on Hepburn’s relationship to Spencer Tracy always stuck with me as something very insightful and true especially about actually meaning “like” when very often people say “love”.

 Love-vs-like
Now, some people may read the quote and think that’s about female subjugation and being submissive to “The Man”…again, and I would have to respectfully disagree. What Hepburn is saying is that true love is complete exception-making, not out of duty, not out of obligation, not out of guilt, not out of power or need, but rather a very conscious choice, because it makes you deliriously happy to finally get out of yourself and put someone else ahead of you with no expectations whatsoever.  It goes beyond economic and material needs. At that point it, becomes self-actualized love on an emotional and spiritual level.
CAPITALISM KILLS (LOVE)
I think it’s hard for many people in this day and age to get that drift. I’ll be blunt when I say I think capitalism has very nearly destroyed any vestige of selflessness. Relationships, and more specifically marriage, have become transactional where it’s about (and I’m speaking in very generalized terms) economic security and gathering resources for women and children and secured access to sex for men. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.
Therefore men who have the most resources can secure the most desirable women who can give them the most sex and women put themselves through torture to become impossible ideals of beauty to secure a mate who can provide for them (hence the Sugar Daddy phenomena, old balding dudes with comb-overs in a Porsche with a girl who looks like a grand-daughter supermodel) .
Anthony Hopkins playing a sugar daddy, with Lucy Punch in "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger"

Anthony Hopkins playing a sugar daddy, with Lucy Punch in “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”

I personally think that whole ideology is repulsive…and sad… too many people lying to themselves. I think the writer who most brings that message home, in all it’s ugliness to its logical conclusion is French bad boy writer and the scourge of the European literati and intelligentsia, Michel Houellebecq, especially in “The Elementary Particles”.
Michel Houellebecq, one of the most brutally honest , but twisted minds out there.

Michel Houellebecq, one of the most brutally honest , but twisted minds out there.

Houellebecq, not unlike his predecessor,  Louis-Ferdinand Celine, is a highly damaged individual but his vision is crystal clear and terrifying…and brutally honest: if you bring economics and talk from the factory floor, into love and relationships (i.e love takes work), like the market economy, there will be very few winners and many, many losers as well.
This is what makes me chuckle about economists and other social theorists; they always forget about the “wildcard factor”, they always forget about the emotional and spiritual dimension to any of their arguments. And quite often, I think, it’s that emotional and spiritual dimension, which either makes things work splendidly…or fail spectacularly. It’s also the very thing which makes things run smoothly in the long run, that’s where the fuel comes from.
FullTankOfGas
I’ve seen this a few times now, where people I knew got married to partners, who on paper and in theory were “perfect”. Similar educational backgrounds, same cultural references and centers of identification, even looked very similar to one another.
When former supermodel Christie Brinkley married for the third time to architect Peter Cook, everyone thought "Third time's the charm" since they looked so good together. Wrong. Cook cheated on Brinkley with a local teenager and what ensued was one of the messiest, nastiest divorces the normally-jaded Hamptons has seen in years.

When former supermodel Christie Brinkley married for the fourth time to architect Peter Cook, everyone thought  it would finally work since they looked so good together and hung in the same circles. Wrong. Cook cheated on Brinkley with a local teenager and what ensued was one of the messiest, nastiest divorces the normally jaded Hamptons has seen in years.

But after a couple of years, the marriage slides into inertia or the differences, which were once so interesting have now become so unbearable that ending it is the only available option.
WellDUH-99696669708
I might be a Pollyanna but I don’t think love “takes work”. I think it should be as insanely easy as play. I also think, if people were more honest with themselves, they would know right away if it’s really a case of “love” or “like” or “lust”. Love makes you stronger, not weaker. Love makes you happy, not tortured. Love makes you feel secure and at peace, not fearful and paranoid or jealous. Love gives you courage, not doubt. Love opens your eyes wider and makes you want to share your love with others, not hide it selfishly. Love is expansive, not restrictive.
Most of all, love heals, it is a balm.
Rumi-loves-rests-on-no-foundation
Categories: Ascension, Pop culture, Raise your EQ, Shift of the Ages effects, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Ode to an Ancient Land

This was posted today at Philosopher’s Stone’s UK blog written by activist Julian Rose. I’m posting it here in its original entirety but I’ve added the visuals and links. For those of you who don’t follow global weather news, the UK in recent weeks has been hit with storm after epic storm causing widespread flooding and damage, no one has ever seen anything like this. The current flooding and battering the UK has been taking is not just literal but symbolic as well. 

article-2519250-19E5C42F00000578-228_964x747

(I’d only add that the message here is not only applicable to Albion/Britain/England but I’d extend it to ALL colonial and imperialistic powers, past, present and future. Karma may stay quiet for a long time but it ain’t no fool and neither is Mother Nature.)

======================================================

article-2555658-1B5BEAA700000578-412_964x636

That is maybe a rhetorical question, so I will not so much ask as state ‘England is going under’. And while that may be taken metaphorically, I mean it more actually. Great swathes of the Country are slowly drowning under a relentless rainfall that is part and parcel of an almost continuous barrage of winter storms moving in off the Atlantic Ocean.

gb-map

England sticks out into the Atlantic as if asking to be the recipient of an oceanic battering. The Country leans into the South Westerly’s as a sailor pits himself against driving wind and spray. She is an island in an Ocean, and one that is close to going under.

There are powerful karmic forces weaving their historical tentacles into this unfolding saga.

British_convoy_of_sixty-three_ships_and_all_but_eight_ships_captured_by_Spanish_and_French_under_Cordova
England once stood boldly out of this same Atlantic Ocean sending her great ships tacking across the high seas, seeking out new Continents and exploiting whatever treasures fell upon the way. Building empire across the globe in an ever-expanding push for power and glory, wealth and prestige. From this small island on the Western flank of Continental Europe, the sailing ships and crews set forth and those that returned, came with their holds crammed with the trophies of their plunder.

The Koor-hi-Noor diamond  sitting on the British crown. India has repeatedly asked for it back but England keeps refusing.

The Koor-hi-Noor diamond sitting on the British crown. India has repeatedly asked for it back but England keeps refusing.

Kings and Queens applauded their exploits, planning and funding ever greater incursions into the territories they so indulgently sought to lay claim upon.

These are duplicates. the orginals, called the Elgin marbles sit in the London Museum. Again, Greece has repeatedly asked for them back and England refuses

These are duplicates. The five originals are at the Musuem of the Acropolis, the sixth was looted by Lord Elgin. The Elgin Marbles sit in the British Museum. Again, Greece has repeatedly asked for them back and England keeps refusing

Invasion was followed by conquest. Conquest by slavery. Slavery by the rule of Westminster and the Palace. Rule imposed for the ever greater enrichment of the coffers of the State, its barons and hierarchical elite.

Hierarchy

Soon England no longer depended for nourishment upon her own fertile lands and artisan skills. The peasant farmers were pushed unceremoniously off the land as Empire became the new provider and the landless British worker was yoked to the production line, becoming a tool for mass produced exports to newly conquered lands.

Hartmann_Maschinenhalle_1868_(01)

The demise of the British Isles was well underway even as its industrial revolution ground down the last native skills and seasonal rituals of a once bucolic countryside.

A_012_TresRichesHeuresBerry

Now the barley barons and kings of industry reigned over our colonial wealth-bolstered island. While, almost unnoticed, the newly instated merchant banker moved deftly into the wheel house so as to decisively lay his hand upon the course of history and build a money empire to match, and eventually overtake, the acquisitions of the colonies.

world13

The City of London soon stood solid and arrogant – the power house of this vast Empire.
And while the British initiated slave trade was finally banned by an act of parliament, the British people took on the mantle of slavery, bowing to the new citadel whose tentacles reached out into great swathes of colonial wealth – and steadily drank it dry.

slave_trade_1650-1860_b - www.slaveryinamerica.org

Oh England, my England, so where is your soul today?

tumblr_lfi3lza8l21qdyv52o1_1280

Illustration of King Arthur by Howard Pyle

Two World wars then tore the last of your subtle spirit from its sanctuary of rolling hills and valleys where once King Arthur ventured on his mystic journey and Druid tribals camped among the ancient oaks and standing stones.

drombeg

Where to now old island?

Now that the foolish men in dark suits shout their pathetic schoolboy jibes to and fro across the floor of what was once a shrine to an idea called democracy.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is seen addressing the House of Commons in this still image taken from video in London

Prime Minister David Cameron, standing and deputy PM Nick Clegg asleep at the wheel and the rest of the old boys club of England. Where’s the Grand
Poo-bah?

Now that the macadam motorway and sterile hypermarket have vanquished the ox cart’s winding track and breezy market stall – where to now?

4935394

Now that the spirits and devas are driven from the edge of once pristine tinkling streams, and enchanted copses have met their fate at the hand of the brutal chain-saw. Where to now?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Now it is your turn to be on the receiving end. The crimes of your past are catching-up with you, dear England. The arrogance and greed of your masters could not go unnoticed – could not pass-by unatoned for. Nor could the pacifistic stance taken by the greater populous when confronted with such frequent acts of national and international vandalism.
The karmic retribution could not be stalled forever.

Prepare your arks all those who can read the signs. Prepare yourselves for the deluge –whose first ferocious swathes are already upon the land.

Head for the hills and higher climbs and take simple tools to prepare the ground. A great cleansing is upon this island; a cleansing that will jolt befuddled minds into memories of great stories of other eras, when lands were swallowed by mighty acts of nature.

And yes, nature it is that once again rises up in defiance of all attempts to bring her under the control of those who would use and abuse her for their private wealth and make of her a platform for staging their profit driven foreign wars.

image

This oh so British ‘civilization’, once so proud to lead the way in matters of conquest, was always bound at some point to receive its retribution. So proud to turn away from nature and forge its industrial steel into the wheels of the brave new world of mass consumerism.
A world that left behind it all gentle arts that nature had so diligently taught.

But such is She that no man can turn his back for long upon Her simmering powers. No man can lay claim to having pacified and sold Her soul – because passivity was not on Her agenda, and Her soul was never for sale. And those who sought to profit from Her bounty will soon leave empty handed; for that time, prophesied of old, has finally come.

Not even the vicious technologically engineered destruction of our climate can suppress the rising winds of change that are upon this scarred and battered jewel called Earth. It can only increase their velocity.

So look now upon the rising waters and know what they are. Few Countries will escape the fever that’s upon this World. A fever for which the only cure is the unconditional metamorphosis of man himself, washed through and through, cleansed of that reckless hubris which has brought us to this tipping point.

The tide is turning upon mankind – and this England which juts out into the rising stormy ocean to her West, will shoulder a heavy price for its blinkered, stubborn occupants, who for so long turned a blind eye on deeper truths and refused to look upon the blood encrusted pages of colonial history.

Go under then.

But when the great healing is finally done and the storms abate .. recede; rise again oh beautiful island, greet the coming dawn in vivid celebration of all that’s sacred, true, profound. Set forth your green and glorious valleys once more, so the animals may step out once again, two by two, to greet the unmasked glory which calls to be reborn.

glastonbury_665041a

Glastonbury Tor at dawn

==========================================================

About the Author

Julian is a committed international activist, writer, farmer and actor. He is an early pioneer of UK organic farming methods and is currently involved in the front line of efforts to keep Poland free from genetically modified organisms. Julian is President of The International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside. His book Changing Course for Life can be purchased onwww.changingcourseforlife.info. His latest book In Defence of Life – a Radical Reworking of Green Wisdom is available at Amazon.com or can be requested on http://www.julianrose.info/

Categories: Ascension, Ch-ch-ch-changes, Politico, Prophecy, Raise your EQ, Shift of the Ages effects, This is why the planet is screwed up, Those unseen things, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Messages from Dreamland

dreamer

I can be a really bad chronicler at times. Countless spiritual traditions tell us that many of us get messages from the Spirit World every night in our sleep through or dreams and that it’s a question of training ourselves of writing everything down when we wake up while the details are still fresh in our mind.

 Sleep
I’ve tried. I just can’t do it since I am not and never will be a morning person. My biorhythms veer towards the evening and night so come morning time, I’m too groggy and busy stumbling towards my morning cup of tea, never mind whipping out a notebook and remembering last night’s adventures in dreamland.
 
However, I have had incidences of wicked deja-vu. Seeing something which, upon reflection, was something I already saw in the dream state a few days earlier.  I’ve also been lucky in the sense that I’ve never had nightmares. Maybe when I was a kid and watched too many Godzilla or Ray Harryhausen movies and would run into my parents’ room in the middle of the night but beyond that, I can’t complain.
This caused nightmares when I was 5

This caused nightmares when I was like, 5 years old

 
One writer who has admitted that she was regularly blessed with beautiful dreams was the Danish writer, Isak Dinesen aka Baroness Karen Blixen. Blixen was the author of such classics like “Out of Africa” and “Babette’s Feast”  and if you love to read good literature as much as I do, those two are “musts” (and the film versions do no justice to them at all).
Isak Dinesen, at a younger time in her life

Isak Dinesen, at a younger time in her life

This is a strong dream-like quality to her writing, particularly in it’s richness and if you read her body of work like “Anecdotes of Destiny” or “Seven Gothic Tales”, it’s easy to see how coming out of her books is like waking up from a beautiful dream. In my opinion, even if she just wrote 7 books, she was robbed of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first time by another big-game hunter, Ernest Hemingway, who even admitted to her, that she deserved it more than he did and the second time by Albert Camus.
 
I bring up Blixen because of an incident she recounted in her novella, “Shadows on the Grass” :
When in the thirties I was staying in the south of England with Denys’ (Finch-Hatton) brother, the Earl of Winchilsea, the painter John (Glyn Warren) Philpot came down to paint the portrait of my hostess, who was very lovely.  He had travelled much in North Africa, and on an afternoon when we were walking together in the park he recounted to me an experience of his from there.
Kirby Hall, Home of the Earls of Winchelsea

Kirby Hall, Home of the Earls of Winchelsea

 In the First World War, he said, he had had a shell-shock or a nervous breakdown; he would never feel sure that he was doing what he ought to do.

“When I was painting a picture,” he explained,” I felt that I ought to make up my bank account. When I was making up my bank account, I felt that I ought to go out for a walk. And when in a long walk, I had got five miles away from home, I realized that I ought to be , at this very moment, in front of my easel. I was constantly in flight, an exile everywhere.

Morrocan village

Moroccan village

“It happened by then that I and my African servant in our travels in Morocco came to a small town or village. I cannot really describe the place to you, it looked like any other North African village. It stood in a flat plain, and in itself, was nothing but a number of mud-built huts with an old, broad mud-built wall round it. The only particular thing that I remember about it is its great multitude of storks, a stork’s nest on almost every house. But at that moment when I had come through the gate in the wall,  felt that this was a place of refuge. There came upon me a strange, blissful, calm, a happiness like what you feel when a high fever leaves you. “Here”, I thought, “one can remain.”  “And as now I had stayed in the village for a fortnight, all the time in that same sweet peace of soul and giving no thought to the past or the future, on a day when I was once more painting a picture, an old man, am imam , came up and spoke to me.”I hear from your servant,” he said,”that  you have finished your wanderings and will stay with us, since here you have found rest.” I answered him that it was as he said, but that I could not explain to myself why it should be so. 

“Master,” said the old man,” I shall explain to you. There is something special about our village, things have happened here that have happened nowhere else. It came about, not when I was a boy myself but when my father was a boy of twelve, and he has related it to me as it happened. Turn your eyes to the gate in the wall behind us. Above it you will see a ledge, where two men can sit, for in the old days watchmen were here looking out for foes that might approach across the plain. To this very ledge above the gate, came the Prophet (Mohammed) himself and your Prophet, Jesus Christ. They met here to talk together of man’s lot on Earth and the means by which the people of the earth might be helped. Those standing down below could not hear what they said to one another. But they could see the Prophet, as he explained his thoughts, striking his hand against his knee, and thereupon  Jesus Christ lifting his hand and answering him. They sat there, deep in talk, till night fell and the people could no longer see them. And it is from that time Master, that our village has got peace of heart to give away. “I wonder,” said Mr. Philpot, “whether a clergyman from the Church of England would have told that tale.” 

Like I wrote earlier, I ‘m very bad at recalling my dreams. With few exceptions, there have been times which an entire letter with the most perfect wording was suddenly sitting in my head, a crucial letter which I needed to send to someone. Or plans I needed to act on immediately. I had one dream while I was living in Turkey which I still cannot forget. It was *that* vivid and *that* real and sitting down to write it, came effortlessly. I don’t know what it means, but there is a symbolic message there and like Dinesen’s excerpt above, the similarities are obvious.

————————————————————————————-

March 12, 2001

I dreamt that dozens of people saw Muhammad AND Jesus in Central Park, New York City at the same time, at two different ends of the park.

stock-footage-aerial-panorama-view-central-park-manhattan-new-york

The group of people who saw Muhammad, saw him walk on water and apparently he had all the signs of being *the* Muhammad, according to one eyewitness, who himself was an Islamic scholar and a devout one at that. His name was Aziz, I think. Suddenly, tents were going up on the spot he had been and all the witnesses, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, suddenly had become men and women of contemplation. They renounced their old lives as businesspeople, students, whatever, to merely devote their life to study and think about the Infinite.

As for the other, second group that saw Jesus, well this being New York City in the 21st century, needless to say these are people who are a little aggressive, jaded, cynical and sceptical.   So they needed stronger proof than walking on water. There was a rain of coins, twice. The first time, the coins were a coppery colour, but they were not pennies. They were Abraham Lincoln two-dollar coins, a very , very limited rare edition. That wasn’t enough proof. Then there was a second rain, this time of platinum coins. It was a Jefferson three-dollar coin which has never been made in the first place. Finally everyone caught on, it really was Jesus, but like Muhammad, the two of them disappeared as mysteriously as they appeared.

060_CoinsRainUmbrella_704x395

In my dream, I showed up in the park immediately after the incidents, I didn’t see the actual events. It was not quite yet pandamonium with religious fanatics, the clergy, scientists and reporters but the build-up of the oncoming media frenzy had just started. The park was already full of hundreds of people, onlookers and curiosity mongers, people running everywhere, crying, laughing, chaos.

ny_central_park

I remember walking down one path and seeing these two hacky-sack looking guys, sitting cross-legged on the grass merely staring at the two stacks of coins they had collected in front of them, one stack of each denomination. The guys were totally out of it, in a daze. I looked at each coin. They were real alright, but somehow they looked like they were already starting to melt.

melting-bull

What could all this mean?

Categories: Ascension, False prophits, Pop culture, Those unseen things, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | 11 Comments

The Speedy are often Needy

vlcsnap-2012-09-19-15h47m11s216

(Note: NSFW links included below)

I’ve been watching the hit HBO show “Girls” and cannot get over how thoroughly disagreeable the characters in the show really are. Narcissistic, self-involved, entitled and shallow beyond belief, the show follows the trials and tribulations of a group of four young, 20-something girls right after college graduation in a post-economic recovery New York City (specifically Brooklyn) as they try getting their foot in the door of life, professionally, socially and romantically.

promo, through HBO canada.

The “Girls”: (left to right) Marnie, Jessa, Hannah and Shoshanna

Think of it as a poor-man’s “Sex and the City” with less-attractive guys and realistic clothes and much-less emotionally mature girls. The show has been gaining accolades for it’s “realistic depiction” of the lives of girls in this specific demographic group but also for the frequency which homely looking, obsessive-compulsive lead character Hannah (played by Lena Dunham, who also created, produces, directs and writes for the show) strips down completely and shows off her Rubenesque figure. Which is often. There’s also the more raw sex scenes and frank discussions of sexual play between the girls and boys. (For the record, I don’t think the nudity is the big deal here, in fact I applaud it because Hanna/Lena’s body is NOT a conventional Hollywood body but one which more women can relate to and accept and the public backlash from men in particular is exactly why there needs to be more of this kind body-acceptance instead of the constant showing of body-types most women can never relate to or have. My gripe is how horrible these personalities are.)

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham

 I admit, it is a tad addictive to watch, much like a train-wreck.  You want to look away but you just can’t. However, more than once I’ve thrown up my hands in the air in frustration and thought  “That’s just never going to happen in real life.” In one episode Hannah randomly hooks up with an Adonis-like recently separated doctor (played by the Adonis-like Patrick Wilson, in season 2 episode 5). I mean she literally walks into his amazing and perfectly decorated brownstone and ends up spending a whole dirty weekend with him.
This never happens in real life. Like, ever.

Hannah and the doctor. This never happens in real life. Like, ever.

What really gets me is how random the sex is. I mean the girls in some cases don’t even exchange more than 20 words with the guy and suddenly they’re at it. They then complain afterwards when the guys don’t treat them like precious fine-bone china-dolls afterwards.
hannah-girls-monkey-meat
Now, I’m not an adamant feminist but I do think there is a direct correlation between how much people respect you to how much you respect yourself. The more you respect yourself, the more people will respect you and that can take many, many forms. I mean hardly anyone these days, talks about respect in a serious and meaningful way anymore (outside of customer service) . What dawns on anyone after watching the show is just how empty and emotionally confused and vapid these girls and boys really are. That somehow by having as many sexual conquests as possible, that will increase your own sense of desirability and *that* will somehow fulfill you and make people respect you and like you….and unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.
respect1
I remember a few years ago, shock-jock radio personality Howard Stern  interviewed  Sweet Connie Hamzy, a notorious rock groupie who has been involved with just about anyone and everyone. She had been recounting her various escapades and with whom and honestly….it just sounded sad and tragic. It didn’t sound empowering or strong or happy even though that’s how she was trying desperately to come across as.
Sweet Connie Hamzy

Sweet Connie Hamzy

 After watching “Girls”, you also come away realizing how completely needy these women are. It reminds me of something a friend of mine once said, that the speedy are often needy. People who move in fast for the kill are often extremely needy and clingy and I’ve seen it over and over again in  relationship horror stories involving friends and their partners.
493
I mean, like a gourmet meal, the best things in life take time to build. If something is truly yours, you can never truly lose it and if you are afraid of losing it by being too fast, that’s the sign right there it’s not really yours to have in the first place, no?
1670
Categories: Ascension, Pop culture, Raise your EQ, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Look Away from the Screen

Apologies Shifters for not writing very much this past month. It would seem that many other bloggers are also laying low these days for whatever reason. I can’t speak for others but for me personally, there has been a lot on my plate. Nothing bad or super-negative or anything of that sort, but a shift in outlook and perspective has been happening, in a good way, and while I’m giving myself over completely to that process, it leaves very little inclination to write very much.

Image

Not in the mood to write very much…

Part of the problem for me here is that I really do not enjoy being in Canada and Montreal for that matter. It’s a barbaric, depressing climate and as I’m getting older, I find that there are many things about the culture and outlook which I’m finding increasingly distasteful and unbearable to deal with. This is not going to be a racist or cultural diatribe but rather an examination of the fact that centuries of cultural imperialism, genocide, colonialism, institutionalized racism, uncontested cultural appropriation, unexamined privilege and entitlement and 30 years of unfettered neoliberal policies have finally taken their toll on this landmass, physically, psychically, emotionally and spiritually. The deeper energy here is in decline and stagnating, (for me anyway). Personally, my heart is not here, it never has been and it never will be. It’s closer to the ancient world and the ancient, primordial energies of our species. That’s where I thrive.
Would you rather live in a place like this?....

Would you rather live in a place like this?….

...or a place like this, year-round?

…or a place like this, year-round?

So rather than feel sorry for myself, I’ve decided to take some active steps to shake things up a bit. I’ve started working with the earth more, harvested my vegetable patch at the local community garden, took all the peppers, chillies, basil, tomatoes, Swiss chard, kale and spending hours in the kitchen making copious amounts of home-made spaghetti sauce, roasted vegetable lasagna, spicy poblano corn chowder and have put everything into the freezer for the winter to eat, share or give away.
I've got more tomato sauce than I know what to do with.

I’ve got more tomato sauce than I know what to do with.

I’ve started up acupuncture treatments and have started to sleep like a baby again, after years of restless sleep. I’ve been reading more about the quantum field and how that affects us.
Acupuncture totally works for me.

Acupuncture totally works for me.

I have been revisiting my teen years and been going to rock shows, listening to songs taking me back 25-30 years ago by the likes of Depeche Mode,
Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan, rocking the Montreal crowd

Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, rocking the Montreal crowd

If you know anything about New Order and Joy Division, then you know that it is peter Hook who created their legendary bass lines which gave them their unique sound.

If you know anything about New Order and Joy Division, then you know that it is Peter Hook who created their legendary bass lines which gave them their unique sound.

and the Pet Shop Boys (PSB) and it was at the PSB concert this past week where something very important dawned on me.
The amazing duo of former journalist, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe aka the Pet Shop Boys

The amazing duo of former journalist, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe aka the Pet Shop Boys

 If you’re a regular concert goer like I am, then no doubt in the last few years, you must have noticed the amount of personal recording devices like iPhones, iPads, phone cameras, or digital cameras which have taken over audiences and how they literally block everyone’s view and enjoyment of the show. Everyone’s too damn busy recording and watching the show via their dinky little screen so that they can later post it on their social networks that they overlook the fact the real thing and the real person is right in front of them to experience and enjoy.
audience-public
And then it hit me.
What if the reality we live in and experience everyday are like the symbolic equivalent of those dinky little iPhone screens,  while the deeper, more genuine reality is all around us yet we don’t see it because we’re too busy looking at the iPhone?
1683556705_1369883032
This jives exactly with something I’ve been reading lately, “Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself” by Dr. Joe Dispenza. Dispenza was one of the speakers in the film “What the Bleep do we Know?!” and is part of that New Age/self-help circus which I normally can’t stomach (plus he’s a follower of JZ Knight and the Ramtha School of Enlightenment—eeek!) but I have to say what he’s written is spot on and despite my initial misgivings, is resonating deeply with me.
Dr. Joe Dispenza

Dr. Joe Dispenza

He makes the point that real change can only happen on the quantum field and by extension, emotional field first before it shows up in your life for real. I’m not talking about magical thinking and writing up a wish-list of what you want and then hoping the Universe gives it to you. I’m talking about literally changing your thinking patterns and attitudes and reactions, about how to slip into the Eternal Now and lose yourself completely where you enter into a field of pure energy and consciousness, which is ultimately where happiness, bliss and serenity exists.
What you decide to project out once you get there is completely up to you. And this brings me to a quote by Aivanhov on the subject:
“Prayers and rituals in which believers beg for help from above are only effective if they put clear intent and ardent feeling into their words and gestures. Otherwise, it is pointless, and it’s no use then wondering why they are suffering, why heaven does not answer their prayers or come to their aid… It is quite simply that they have not sent out the powerful current with which they could contact the divine world. Words and gestures mean nothing if they are not backed up and given life by the vibrations of the soul and spirit. If you want heaven to hear you, expressing your suffering is not enough. The intense suffering that drives people to cry for help often comes through only as inner agitation, in which the soul and spirit take only a weak part. For prayer to be a power capable of touching heaven it requires harmony and inner peace.”
awe2
PS: As per Rob’s suggestion, here is the interview by Dr. Konstantin Korotkov and worth every one of the 50 minutes it takes to watch.
Categories: Ascension, Ch-ch-ch-changes, Pop culture, Raise your EQ, This is why the planet is screwed up, Those unseen things, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

On Hiatus

hiatus2copy

Apologies Shifters but real, offline life  gets in the way of things sometimes and that needs looking into right now. So, this blog will be on hiatus until further notice. I’m still reachable by email . To those of you who know me personally, I’m still on FaceBook too so I’m not totally dropping off the face of this planet to live in the wilderness of Argentina or Albania ( not just yet anyway 🙂 ).

Actively idle,

EER

Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: | 1 Comment

Those Healing Places and Spaces

A typical scene in Vermont.

A typical scene in Vermont.

I seriously love Vermont.

map

Not only is it a mere 60 minute car ride from Montreal, (a fact which seems to freak out some of my geographically challenged American friends who seem to think Canada is some distant far-away place closer to the North Pole. Newsflash: Burlington, Vermont is a 90 minute drive away from Montreal, Boston and NYC are about 5 hours of driving away from Montreal, Vancouver is less than 2 hours away from Seattle and Windsor is literally over the bridge from Detroit.) but Vermont is one of the most independent and progressive states within the union, with strict environmental laws, which are the envy of most of the industrialized West and a political movement within the state which is pushing to jail George W. Bush and  Dick Cheney (and rightly so I think…). Vermont was one of the last states to join the union and if there ever is another civil war in that country, will probably be one of the first states to leave as well, I suspect. It regularly produces very independently minded politicians like Jim Jeffords and Bernie Sanders, who until a few years ago was the only sitting socialist in the House of Representatives. Anarchist theorist Murray Bookchin lived there for many years as well.

tumblr_lt7ywwavV71qcc8ul

It’s known as the Green Mountain State, in reference to the fact that the Appalachians roll through the entire state, with meandering rivers cutting through bucolic verdant, green valleys in the summer. Autumn here means that the hills are literally alive with color.

A typical Vermont farm scene.

A typical Vermont farm scene.

Three Nobel prize winners of literature, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Sinclair Lewis and Rudyard Kipling have all lived, at one point or another in the tiny town of Brattleboro. “Catcher in the Rye” author J.D Salinger lived as a recluse for many years here as well. With family farms sitting beside tiny New England villages, it’s easy to see why artists, writers and other creative types come here in droves to just be left alone, think and be inspired.

Naulakha, the old Kipling house in Brattleboro.

Naulakha, the old Kipling house in Brattleboro.

It’s the kind of place where if you need to decompress or get your bearings, you can and not be worried about distractions of any sort. Not surprisingly, it is a place, like Hawaii, that New World Order-types have also targeted to ruin. The latest attempt is the new air force base near Burlington which often has eardrum-exploding F-35 fighter jets screaming across the sky practically every hour.

Water springs at the House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus, Turkey

Water springs at the House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus, Turkey

People the world over have always expressed certain springs or certain geographical land features as “healing”. Catholics have places like Lourdes, Fatima or even the House of the Virgin Mary at Ephesus, and swear that the waters from the springs there have healing properties. The Incas had the Urubamba River in Peru, far below Machu Picchu. The Irish have hundreds of holy wells dotting their countryside, each one attributed to some saint or other. Every religion and/or faith tradition has its own spot or place of healing power. I went to the House of the Virgin Mary and had the water there. I also fell into the Urubamba River while rafting. Nothing special happened to me physically at all at either of those places, unfortunately.

Many of the holy wells in the Celtic world predate Christianity by thousands of years and were places of worship in pagan times. Introduce Christianity + rename the place = Voila, a new holy well!

Many of the holy wells in the Celtic world predate Christianity by thousands of years and were places of worship in pagan times. Introduce Christianity + rename the place = Voila, a new holy well!

Native and First Nations people however have a different take on healing spots. When I visited Mount Shasta, California in 2005, I spent time with the spiritual leader of the tribe who are the real guardians of that mountain, the Winnemem Wintu. Unfortunately  they are a tribe who are not nationally recognized and not on the register for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Nonetheless, I was lucky enough to spend time with Caleen Sisk-Franco their leader, and her family during their annual Coonrod Ceremony in August, to honor the salmon. The meeting also meant smudging everyone before they jumped into the lower McCloud River Falls. A member of Caleen’s family described it to me in this way: “We consider a site or place holy mostly if there is something unusual about a place, geographically. See these falls, how it is almost perfectly round, like an arena or amphitheater? To us, that means something. It means Spirit has been at work here in a special way”.

members of the winnemem Wintu jumping into the lower McCloud River falls during the Coonrod ceremony.

Members of the Winnemem Wintu jumping into the lower McCloud River falls during the Coonrod ceremony.

I have this “thing” about swimming in natural settings, preferably in rushing streams, gorges, rivers or the ocean. Negative ions in the air which comes from the water’s constant movement and splashing or churning probably has something to do with it. It just makes you feel better.

One of my favorite swimming holes, Les Cascades Rawdon, where the Oureau river changes elevation dramatically through a  series of rock ledges and rock pools.

One of my favorite swimming holes, Les Cascades Rawdon, where the Oureau river changes elevation dramatically through a series of rock ledges and rock pools.

I’m literally the type to carry my bathing suit with me when I go hiking, just in case I come across the perfect spot to jump into, to cool off in. That would explain why I hate swimming pools, artificial beaches and why I find lakes revolting (especially when you walk into a patch of “warm” water and there’s tons of little kids everywhere…). I found this excellent site which lists natural swimming holes all over the US and decided since I was going to be in Vermont for a few days, I was going to explore some of the places listed, particularly around Stowe. I decided to visit and explore Bingham Falls, Sterling Falls Gorge and Moss Glen Falls.

The last thing I had on my mind was healing as I hiked through the woods and clambered down the wet rocks and boulders and made my way towards Bingham Falls. It’s at least a 400 feet drop along one side of a hill, on round boulders, and requires your complete attention lest you slip on these wet rocks on your way down. (Do NOT do this with flip-flops). I was too busy enjoying the beauty of the place, the fresh mountain and forest air, hearing the roar of the water as it rushed through rock pools and small gorges. When I finally got to the bottom and saw the falls and watched boys jump from the top of the falls into the pool below, all I could really do was take in the wonder of the place and realize that these are the hidden places of the world, the real places, where I’m sure the little folk meet on full moon nights, far from the gaze of humans, far from the gaze of civilization. This is where real magic takes place. I just felt happy to be there. I offered some tobacco to the place, in gratitude.

Vermont also has a strong tradition of skinney-dipping but I think  Bingham Falls is way too well-known a spot for that sort of thing.

Vermont also has a strong tradition of skinny-dipping but I think Bingham Falls is way too well-known a spot for that sort of thing.

I took my time and went swimming in the pool, clambered over rocks, investigated pools downstream and watched how the water formed a gorge upstream. Talked to people there, some were Hell’s Angels bikers but if you leave them alone, they leave you alone. Most were teens on holiday with their parents from places like New Jersey or Maryland (Stowe valley is a bit of a resort area). Finally it was time to leave and I was not looking forward to climbing up those 400 feet back to the main trail. Mostly because I have always had some inflexibility in my left hip and no matter how much yoga or massage therapy I do, it never gets better. (I made the mistake of taking the stairs up to Machu Picchu and what normally takes most people 45 minutes to do, took me 90 minutes, to give you an idea).

Stairs to Machu Picchu. Never again.

Stairs to Machu Picchu. Never again.

I made the slow climb up the boulders, pacing myself mostly because I didn’t want to get all hot and sweaty again especially after such a refreshing swim, I walked slowly along the uphill trail back to the road and then made it back to my tent. That’s when I realized that there was no pain at all in my hip. In fact, ever since Bingham Falls, I have not felt any pain at all in that hip even after exploring steeper places.

The pain is gone.

Categories: New Energy Centers, Raise your EQ, Those unseen things, Travels, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments

Why Fighting Fire with Fire will never work (but tea and sympathy might)

A few days ago I was listening to “Day 6” with Brent Bambury on CBC Radio. Brent always had, and still has, a knack for picking up unusual stories or mainstream media stories but from an unusual angle. This past weekend, he highlighted a news item which has not been picked up by the mainstream media (surprise, surprise) in light of the Woolwich incident. In case you have not heard, Britain has been rocked by anti-Muslim sentiment because of this incident where a machete-yielding hack beheaded an off-duty British soldier in the streets of London. Ultra-right wing groups like the English Defense League (EDL) have come out swinging against Islam and Muslims in general. Hate crimes against Muslims have skyrocketed in recent days across Britain.

There have also been unrelated attacks against nine mosques, including a fire-bombing in Grimsby

There have also been unrelated attacks against nine mosques, including a fire-bombing in Grimsby

The EDL planned mass rallies were around Britain to add fuel to the fire. To the credit of Britons, hardly anyone showed up. In fact former Queen guitarist, now environmentalist, Brian May was leading a protest the same day against the badger cull in the UK and more people showed up for that than the anti-Muslim ones. To my mind, this signals a change of priorities, even if it is a small one.

Queen guitarist Brian May led a protest of thousands.

Queen guitarist/astrophysicist/university chancellor/environmental activist and one of the coolest guys in the world, Brian May led a protest of thousands.

The news item in question which I think deserves more coverage and discussion, involves a tiny dilapidated mosque in York.

The York mosque

The York mosque

The Yorkshire EDL Scarborough Division posted a message on its Facebook page calling for supporters to gather outside the York mosque.

So what did the mosque do?
They invited the protesters to come in for tea and biscuits, which was then followed by a football/soccer match. (You can listen to whole, charming interview here.)

You cannot get more English than tea and biscuits.

You cannot get more English than tea and biscuits.

Professor Mohammed El-Gomati, a senior member of that mosque, while discussing the impending demonstrations, recalled a quote from the great Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, “That if the Prophet Mohammed were presented with all the problems of the world, he would have solved them over a cup of tea.” Taking that as his cue, the mosque’s congregation decided to face the EDL protesters with the tea, biscuits and an impromptu game of football.

Local politicians and members of clergy from other religions have hailed the gesture unanimously.
Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said the mosque’s response was “fantastic”. He said: “Tea, biscuits, and football are a great and typically Yorkshire combination when it comes to disarming hostile and extremist views.”
Father Tim Jones, who went to the Bull Lane mosque, which is situated in his parish, said: “I’ve always known they were intelligent and compassionate people and I think this has demonstrated the extent to which they are people of courage – certainly physical courage and also a high degree of moral courage. I think the world can learn from what happened outside that ramshackle little mosque on Sunday.” Hull Road ward councillor Neil Barnes said it had been a “proud moment for York”.
He said: “I don’t think I’ll ever forget the day that the York Mosque tackled anger and hatred with peace and warmth – and I won’t forget the sight of a Muslim offering a protester tea and biscuits with absolute sincerity.”

o-MOSQUE-YORK-EDL-TEA-570

The York mosque and congregation on tea and biscuit day.

David Icke, during his Wembley presentation last October said that violent protests usually don’t work and I agree. While I think showing up to demonstrate support for a particular stance whether it is against the Iraq war, or even last weekend’s March Against Monsanto to let politicians and policy-makers know when something isn’t cool, politicians and industrialists will unfortunately keep furthering their own interests. It not only takes an active citizenry but also a sympathetic police force and military/security apparatus to switch sides to carry out real change.

“We need what I call the Non-Comply Dance…where people dance to a different drum, dance to a different beat,…No no more do we comply out of fear of not complying with these dark suits and people, we stop complying but we stop complying with a smile on our face and a heart that’s open, not in anger, not in bitterness, but in steely “We are not having it”. So we hold our vibration and don’t get pulled into their’s …We can go on protests and hurl abuse and stuff like that through our anger, understandably so…but what does it do? What does it achieve? It just feeds the dragon, feeds the demon…so why don’t we think of another way?”

tumblr_lv5lp0nQxR1qe7736o1_500

 

Categories: Ch-ch-ch-changes, Politico, Raise your EQ, Think like the Illuminati, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

9 reasons why the current yoga scene can be likened to Gwyneth Paltrow (Take a freakin’ chill-pill, this is a Rant)

You know how there are some celebrities we just love to hate?

Not because we’re all envious or anything, we hate them because it’s fun! They’re either so obnoxious, self-involved or nonsensical that they invite disdain and derision because of the things they say and do.

Case in point: Gwyneth Paltrow.

Gwynnie-poo (from people.com)

Gwynnie-poo (from people.com). Horse-y faced WASP-y Hollywood blonde.

I don’t know what it is about her that brings out the inner bitch of just about every gal I know. I don’t think it’s because she’s thin, rich, white and blonde and married to a rock star. I could describe Charlize Theron (or Kate Hudson) in the same way, but Charlize has a bit of an edge to her which I think makes her cool.

Another classic Hollywood blonde: Charlize Theron

Delicate-featured , classic Hollywood blonde: Charlize Theron

Charlize also comes from a bit of a dodgy family background which makes her a badass for having survived it and coming out ahead.

Gwynnie-poo on the other hand has had a silver spoon firmly ensconced between the cheeks of her “butt of a 22 year old stripper” (her words not mine) and everything given to her on a silver platter from Day 1.
I also think Charlize is much prettier that Gwynnie-poo.  In fact, I think there are many other high-profile acting sisters in the same age group who are prettier, full of more substance AND smarter than Gwynnie-poo and deserve more screen time than her.

(Gents: this is the one and only time I’m going to post girly photos here for your viewing pleasure. Ladies: My point is that beauty can show up in equal amounts of brains AND comes in all colors )

Like Monica Bellucci,

Italian beauty Monica bellucci, with classical features and a body of a Roman goddess, Monica is not only beautiful but smart as well. Did you know she studied law at the University of Perugia before going into modelling?

Italian beauty Monica Bellucci, with classical features and the figure of a Roman statue, Monica is not only beautiful but smart as well. Did you know she studied law at the University of Perugia before going into modelling?

Salma Hayek,

Salma Hayek is  of Spanish and Lebanese descent, and fluent in Arabic, Spanish, Portugese and English

Salma Hayek is of Spanish and Lebanese descent, and fluent in Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese and English

Thandie Newton,

Biracial beauty Thandie Newton is half English and half Zimbabwean. She read Anthropology at Cambridge

Thandie Newton read Anthropology at Cambridge

Rosamund Pike,

Statuesque blonde bombshell with the complexion of an English Rose, Rosamund Pike studied English lit at Oxford and speaks French and German fluently.

Statuesque blonde bombshell with the complexion of an English Rose, Rosamund Pike studied English lit at Oxford.

Lisa Ray,

Half Bengali-half Polish Canadian actress Lisa Ray academically excelled in high school and finished 5 years of high school in 4.

Half Bengali-half Polish Canadian actress Lisa Ray excelled in high school and finished 5 years of high school in 4.

Sophie Marceau,

11051-24593

Classic French beauty, former Bond girl Sophie Marceau is not only an actress, but she produces, directs and also is an author.

Ludivine Sagnier,

French actress Ludivine Sagnier, usually plays sexpots, but she had enough brains to stay away from Hollywood.

French actress Ludivine Sagnier, usually plays sexpots, but she had enough brains to stay away from the Hollywood machine.

Eva Green,

French actress and Bond Girl Eva Green has features which belong on an ancient roman coin or Greek statue.

Another French actress and Bond Girl Eva Green has features which belong on an ancient Roman coin or Greek statue. She hates shopping and has also nixed Hollywood.

Mylène Jampanoï,

Another biracial beauty, half French, half Chinese actress Mylène Jampanoï

Another bi-racial beauty, half French, half Chinese actress Mylène Jampanoï

And as for figures, while I agree clothes do hang very well on Gwynnie, she’s really nothing more than a clothes hanger…

Gwynnie wearing a Tom Ford creation at the Oscars in 2012 and trying to channel Grace Kelly.

Gwynnie wearing a Tom Ford creation at the Oscars in 2012 and trying to channel Grace Kelly.

…I still don’t think that kind of slenderness defined by the fashion world is very attractive.

Rather,  IMHO, women should strive to *BE*, first and foremost, HEALTHY and STRONG, say like the Brazilian National Women’s Olympic beach volleyball team for instance..

That's the way to do it Ladies! Maria Antonelli and Talita Rocha looking strong, healthy and feminine, curves, muscles and all.

That’s the way to do it Ladies! Maria Antonelli and Talita Rocha looking strong, healthy and feminine, curves, muscles and all.

…but I’m getting off-track here so on with the list….

1) The yoga scene is usually all about being thin, white and privileged.
Yoga: While things are slowly changing and awareness is definitely increasing, classes like queer yoga or curvy yoga are now popping up in many cities and there are now amazing Facebook groups as well as many great yoga blogs which are discussing these issues head-on, all of which are about making yoga more accessible to all, there is still unfortunately a long way to go. Average mean income of most yoga practitioners is around $75 000/year, far above the national average income level with many practitioners who are college educated with post-graduate degrees. Many of the younger girls I’ve come across could give a rat’s ass about the spiritual aspects or deeper health benefits of yoga but instead just want to get really lean and thin, mostly to get a boyfriend or a husband. Many instructors and studios are still failing to make visible, sexual and economic minorities and women with larger body-types welcome in the studio.

Gwynnie-poo: Gwyneth Paltrow is the walking definition of thin, white and privileged. Born into Hollywood royalty, her father was a TV producer of shows like “St. Elsewhere”, her mother is of Philadelphia Main Line stock and a thespian in her own right.  Gwynnie’s bi-coastal upbringing included Thanksgivings which were usually spent with the likes of Steven Spielberg in the Hamptons, going to the elitist Spence School of NYC and spending summers in Spain. She spends 14 hours a week working out with sketchy celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson and unabashedly boasts about using nothing less that $60 olive oil. There is nothing normal, accessible or grounded about her at all which normal, working women can ever relate to.

Gwyneth Paltrow's at-home private studio. She had a separate building built just to work out.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s at-home private studio. She had a separate building built just to work out.

2) The yoga scene is full of instructors who sprout one thing on the mat yet live a totally different reality off the mat and somehow make the whole thing OK.
Yoga: Ubiquitous yogilebrity Elena Brower, a well-known instructor from the Anusara “tradition” admits that she smokes. This is after her going on ad nauseum about the beauty of yoga, about the beauty of a breath, about the beauty of health, blah, blah, blah.

Gwynnie-poo: Gwynnie waxes lyrical constantly about the importance of her workout, her instructor, her diet  and buying the most expensive food possible. In fact her latest cookbook, ” It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes that Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great” is all about eating a vegan, low-carb, gluten-free lactose-intolerant diet. No coffee, dairy, alcohol, sugar, shellfish, potatoes, tomatoes, bell pepper, eggplant, corn, wheat, meat, soy or anything processed.  And how French Fries nearly killed her. Then she dropped a bomb last week when she admitted that she looks forward to her weekly Saturday night cigarette. Um…Gwynnie, do you understand why that would make some people upset?

You're a real role model, Gwynnie!

You’re a real role model, Gwynnie!

3) The yoga scene and living the “yoga lifestyle” can be expensive
Yoga: Like I mentioned earlier, yoga caters to mostly those people who are affluent. Yoga studio unlimited memberships are about $1200 per year in my city. Lululemon pants run at about $90 each. Designer mats can be as high as $100. And then you have to factor in the seasonal cleanses, the retreats to exotic locations like Bali or Tulum ($4000), the Vitamix blender for your juices and smoothies ($750), the regular colonics ($80 a poop), the membership in CSA farms ($250 /12 weeks) and the time itself to daily practice. It adds up quickly. It’s cheaper to become a Jain monk and get the same results.

Gwynnie-poo: One only has to visit Gwyneth’s “lifestyle” blog and online magazine “Goop” and read a couple of articles particularly about what to buy, what to eat and where to visit to realize that this is a magazine which should only be in private circulation among other Hollywood actresses, billionaire heiresses and vulgar wives of Russian oligarchs since they are the only ones who will EVER be able to afford this “lifestyle”.

Gwynnie's gourmet kitchen at her new $10 million dollar digs in L.A

Gwynnie’s gourmet kitchen at her new $10 million dollar digs in L.A

4) The yoga scene can be out of touch from reality (borderline delusional actually)
Yoga: No, I can’t eat kale everyday and I don’t want to. I especially can’t afford to shell out 5 times the going rate of “normal” kale for kale that’s been grown biodynamically on fertile volcanic soil in Hawaii which has then been blessed by a shaman under a full moon which is then supposed to give me more ‘healing” nutrients. I can’t and I won’t so kindly fuck off.

Gwynnie-poo: The latest edition of Goop! included Spring 2013 fashion “essentials” which comes out to a whopping $450 000. Almost half a mill, folks. That’s just clothes. For one person. For one season. Seriously. With that kind of cash, you can dress practically everyone in Mozambique and Bangladesh. Combined. For life. For real.

Gwynnie's everyday punk look (from goop.com)

Gwynnie’s everyday punk look (from goop.com)

5) The yoga scene can sometimes espouse a strange diet.
Yoga: A quote from Chris Rock,

“We got so much food in America we’re allergic to food. Allergic to food! Hungry people ain’t allergic to shit. You think anyone in Rwanda’s got a fucking lactose intolerance?!”

Let me expand this to ask why is it that EVERYONE in the yoga scene nowadays seems to be lactose-intolerant, gluten intolerant, with allergies to wheat, rice, sugar, honey, coffee, dairy, alcohol, shellfish, potatoes, tomatoes, bell pepper, eggplant, corn, meat, soy, nuts, grass, trees, air and sunshine?  While I agree having serious allergies is no laughing matter and following a vegetarian diet because of  strict ethical, moral and religious reasons because it’s a part of your being is admirable, I wonder how many people are making up their allergies or becoming vegans because it’s the cool thing to do? What you decide to put into your stomach is your own business and responsibility but personally,  I have to side with global bad-assed foodie Anthony Bourdain , that it is a construct coming out of too much affluence and predicated largely by rich, white kids who want to come across as doing something fashionable because being vegan is now fashionable “Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans … are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit. They make for bad travelers and bad guests. The notion that before you even set out to go to Thailand, you say, ‘I’m not interested,’ or you’re unwilling to try things that people take so personally and are so proud of and so generous with, I don’t understand that, and I think it’s rude. You’re at Grandma’s house, you eat what Grandma serves you. I don’t have any understanding of it. Being a vegan is a first-world phenomenon, completely self-indulgent.”

Gwynnie-poo: Tinseltown blogger Perez Hilton summed it up best:

While we’re all for healthy children, we’re not so sure if leaving them hungry is the best thing! What kind of childhood is that?? Gwyneth Paltrow’s diet is SO STRICT that she admits sometimes her family is left hungry by her restrictions! BOOO! In her new cookbook called It’s All Good, all is most definitely not good, and she details the food she doesn’t let her kids have, like grains:

“Every single nutritionist, doctor and health-conscious person I have ever come across . . . seems to concur that [gluten] is tough on the system and many of us are at best intolerant of it and at worst allergic to it.”

We’re not so sure about that. We’ve written countless times on how a gluten-free diet is only really good for those who have celiac’s disease, otherwise you could be doing more harm than good! Then, she admits, the diet is not satisfying to her family:

“Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread or processed grains like white rice, we’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs.”

That’s such a bummer. We have to be honest here. We’ve always been under the impression that moderation is key, so we’re okay with limiting the amount of processed and carb intake, but we also realize that kids need to be kids — which most definitely includes the happiness of treats from time to time, and to not have to go through childhood hungry! Being extreme with your kids is not how you get well-rounded and happy children!

 Gwynnie's new book. (Photo: Raphael Brion/Eater)

Gwynnie’s new book.
(Photo: Raphael Brion/Eater)

6) The yoga scene can be pretentious
Yoga: Chanting for 45 minutes then pranayama work for another 30 minutes then 1 hour yoga practice and then posting all about it as your Facebook status. Sure. Whatever. Knock yourself out, Buddy.

Gwynnie-poo: Just go check out Goop!. No. Like seriously. Better yet, read the post when Gwyneth talks about meditation and though she doesn’t know how to do it, but because it’s “brilliant”, so it’s time she took it up.

You can do it Gwynnie! Just make sure you don't get your Jimmy Choo's wet while you get into the water.

You can do it Gwynnie! Just make sure you don’t get your Jimmy Choo’s wet while you get into the water.

7) The yoga scene is full of instructors dispensing medical diagnoses, half of whom have never even taken an anatomy course
Yoga: “Can’t do balancing handstands because of tight shoulders or triangle pose because of a slipped disk? Do more yoga! It solves everything “—> something I once heard a yoga instructor who shall remain nameless say after class one day.

Gwynnie-poo: In the intro. of her new book, Gwyneth describes an incident where she self-diagnosed herself as having a stroke in 2011, after having lunch in her London home’s garden. As it turns out, she was having a migraine headache and a panic attack AT THE SAME TIME. Here’s what she said about it:
“One sunny afternoon in London, in the spring of 2011, I thought — without sounding overly dramatic — that I was going to die. I had just served lunch in the garden at home . . . I had a vague feeling that I was going to faint, and I wasn’t forming thoughts correctly. I got a searing pain in my head, I couldn’t speak, and I felt as if I couldn’t breathe. I thought I was having a stroke.”

Gwynnie after she fainted lounging on the divan...(Photo: Vanity Fair)

Gwynnie after she fainted, lounging on the divan…(Photo: Vanity Fair)

8) The yoga scene wants to come across as “hardcore” or “badassed”…but isn’t.
Yoga: Sadie Nardini. Nuff said.
Gwynnie-poo: A nine-course tasting menu is NOT “punk rock”.

Both of you seriously need to get a clue.

Both of you seriously need to get a clue.

9) The yoga scene can get “old” very quickly.
Yoga: How much Krisha Das do I need to listen to, bushels of kale I have to eat, and conversations I need to have with people who do nothing but navel-gaze before I become a “yogi”? Is there a support group for recovering vegans? Recovering Yogi’s website shows that I’m far from the only one harboring these thoughts.

Gwynnie-poo: Gwyneth, do you realize that you’re one of the most disliked Hollywood stars in the world? Do you realize that being everywhere, doing everything and bragging about it all to the entire world endears you to no one? Stop being so obnoxious and start being a little more humble, take it down a notch and take a back-seat sometime. It’ll do wonders for your image. And your “heart condition” too…

gwyneth-paltrow-pic-peopl-c1-thumb-450x303-21227

Categories: Pop culture, Raise your EQ, This is why the planet is screwed up, Uncategorized, Yoga | Tags: , , , | 9 Comments

An experiment in Earth Healing

This enchanting house is located on an island called Elliðaey near Vestmannaeyjar, a small archipelago off the south coast of Iceland. In 2000 the house was given to singer, Bjork from her motherland as a “Thank You” for putting Iceland on the international map.

This enchanting house is located on an island called Elliðaey near Vestmannaeyjar, a small archipelago off the south coast of Iceland. In 2000 the house was given to singer, Bjork from her motherland as a “Thank You” for putting Iceland on the international map.

I have seen signs. The end of the world as we know it has begun. Don’t panic. It might look terrifying on the surface, but inside every human being is a choice to act out of fear or love. Earth is calling. God is calling. Sky is calling. Creation is calling. Wake up. Wake up now. Generate the capacity for love, for compassion in your heart. Now is the time to yield to the call of growth, to the call of action. You, you are the change makers. Sleepers of all ages, wake up. Wake up now.

– Poem by Icelandic Parliamentarian and WikiLeaks representative, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, on “Democracy Now!” (at 14:58)
Like I posted in one of my very first blog-posts  Iceland is indeed proving itself to be a high-frequency consciousness country over and over again. This is a country that had the foresight to jail their bankers who created the financial meltdown of 2008, then forgave every one of their debt. The result that they are now one of the most financially robust economies in the world. More recently, Iceland has decided to push legislation against internet pornography because of the damaging effects it has on women in the industry as well as the scarring if little-understood effects it has on children who are exposed to this material before they are ready to handle it.
Then I watched the recent interview with   Birgitta Jónsdóttir on “Democracy Now!” linked above and I thought to myself “*THIS* is the kind of politician we need everywhere folks. Now.”
Birgitta Jónsdóttir - Class Act

Birgitta Jónsdóttir – Class Act

Can you ever imagine you local politician ever writing something like her poem and then reading it out loud in front of a political prisoner’s jail? None around my neck of the woods, that’s for sure…One of the things I’ve always admired about the Nordic and Scandinavian countries is this very pragmatic outlook they have on things. They don’t give a rat’s ass about politics or stepping on some billionaire or politician’s toes but rather ask “Does this work?” and if it does, employ it and get rid of whatever doesn’t.
Did you know that Iceland grows it's own bananas in their greenhouses because it's cheaper to do so than to import them from overseas?  Also the fact that the island is volcanic and geothermally active ensures they have all the cheap heat they need. (Do you see any agro-business or oil companies having a fit now?)

Did you know that Iceland grow their own bananas in their greenhouses because it’s cheaper to do so than to import them from overseas? Also the fact that the island is volcanic and geothermally active ensures they have all the cheap heat they need. (Do you see any agro-business or oil companies having a fit now?)

 A few weeks ago Waking Times posted a very interesting article on “How We Create Reality”. Normally, I have a hard time digesting magical thinking and can’t tolerate stuff like “The Secret” or books like those by Og Mandino.
No. Just no.

No. Just no.

However this article was a little different in that it addressed how to actually negate poor self-image and also the fact that what other people think of us does end up affecting us, which is why it’s important to drop those frenemies and surround yourself with people who really do have your best interests at heart, an important point which many of these New Age pot boilers fail to mention.
Gwynnie-poo and Madonna, classic frenemies, any wonder why they don't hang together anymore?

Gwynnie-poo and Madonna, classic frenemies, any wonder why they don’t hang together anymore?

I then thought about  Birgitta’s  poem and what effect , if any, there could be if indeed many people, instead of focusing on complicated systems and complicated daydream scenarios or visions lasting 20 minutes, instead repeatedly focused on one simple image, like the article suggests.
Would it really change anything?
So Shifters, here’s a simple experiment for you, should you want to join in (if you don’t, that’s cool too).
Here’s an innocent image below, all it is a vision of a Tibetan Mandala. Specifically, the Mandala of Auspicious Beginnings . In Mahayana Buddhism, the ideal is the Bodhisattva, one who has taken the vow to become a Buddha, an enlightened one. The maṇḍala, a symbol of the universe in Buddhist cultures, depicts the three great Bodhisattvas who represent the power, wisdom, and compassion of the Buddhas. This maṇḍala was  to invoke the blessings of the Bodhisattvas.
Don’t think about how-tos, wherefores, whys or what-ifs  or any of the rest. Just commit the image to memory and remember it as vividly as you can and remember it several times a day, even for a second or two.  Share it with as many people as you want.
It’s just an experiment, let’s just see where this goes, shall we 🙂 ?
s2
Categories: Ascension, Ch-ch-ch-changes, New Energy Centers, Politico, Pop culture, Raise your EQ, Shift of the Ages effects, This is why the planet is screwed up, Those unseen things, Travels, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments

Why is Forbidden Archeology “forbidden”?

Giorgio Tsoukalos: Dude you need a new hair style!

Giorgio Tsoukalos: Dude you need a new hair style!

I admit, geek that I am, I watch History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens” series quite regularly. It is a pretty hokey show and aside from Giorgio Tsoukalos dire need of a new hairdo, and the way he ascribes every single historical anomaly to Ancient Astronaut Theory, I think it’s a pretty good introduction for the mainstream public to acquaint themselves with the alternative historical narrative which researchers have been working on for years.

Hats off to the likes of Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, Jim Marrs, and David Childress. Even if you don’t believe everything in alternative historical research there is no denying of the fact that they often ask better and more penetrating questions than formal academia ever does and look more into historical anomalies as well. I mean, who would have guessed that there were pyramids in Bosnia, that the ancient Phoenicians may have bumped into the Americas long before Columbus or that Japan’s coast hides a massive underwater temple complex?

Yonaguni, Japan

Yonaguni, Japan

Once upon a time the stories of Troy and the Greek siege of that city were considered to be myths, that Troy only existed in the mythological world of Odysseus, Hector, Priam, Aphrodite, Athena and anyone who might actually believe such a place really existed might as well believe in the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny as well. Along comes a German industrialist, Heinrich Schliemann, an eccentric fellow with a passion for Greek myths. Using only a copy of Homer’s “Iliad” and backed by his own finances, Schliemann pretty much bulldozed and dynamited himself through the upper Turkish Aegean coast until he found Troy. That’s when the academics had to finally eat some humble pie and concede that maybe they’re not always as right as they think they are.

The discoverer of ancient Troy, Heinrich Schliemann

The discoverer of ancient Troy, Heinrich Schliemann

You don’t have to believe that Atlantis, Mu, Lemuria or Hyperborea ever existed or even the Native American myths on the Star Brothers, UFOs and aliens (For the record, I do). I do think however, there is something to igniting the imagination, even on a subconscious level which does everyone some good from time to time. It’s about opening the mind to other possibilities instead of keeping it in the narrow confines of what other people want you to believe.

A little imagination never hurt anyone, in fact, we need more of it and less uniformity.

A little imagination never hurt anyone, in fact, we need more of it and less uniformity.

I also think that controlling that historical narrative is imperative for the Powers That Be. Since the dawn of time, conquerors have always re-written history to suit their own ideological and economic agendas and keep people in line. The idea being, if you repeat something out loud enough times, rob people of their true identity which is often anchored in their historical “stories” and drill it into people’s brains, then people will start to believe you. It’s another form of propaganda under the guise of “education”. Ancient Egyptians did it to Jews, Romans did it to Greeks, the Mongolians did it to the Central Asians, the British did it to the Indians, France, Spain and England did it to the Americas and now Israelis do it to Palestinians. It doesn’t stop there. Even now, the fight over history is still going on in places like India between Muslims and Hindus over the sites of mosques, temples and the Taj Mahal.

The Registan in Samarkand, Uzbekistan; a triumph of Central Asian Islamic architecture. A few decades earlier Gehghis Khan and his hordes had decimated the population here.

The Registan in Samarkand, Uzbekistan; a triumph of Central Asian Islamic architecture. A few decades earlier Genghis Khan and his hordes had decimated the population here.

My rule of thumb has been to always listen with an open ear and an open mind because the second you shut it, you’ve entered the realm of dogma. Like I have posted elsewhere, the truth, seems to have a strange way of floating its way to the surface given enough time.

Jean-Leon-Gerome-xx-Truth-Coming-Out-of-Her-Well-to-Shame-Mankind-xx-Musee-Anne-de-Beaujeu

“Truth Coming out of her well to Shame Mankind” by Jean-Léon Gérôme

There’s a scene in C.S Lewis’ book, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” which illustrates this beautifully, where older brother and sister, Peter and Susan Pevensie talk to wise old Professor Kirke privately since they fear for their younger sister’s sanity since all she talks about is an “imaginary” place she visited called Narnia:

“the Professor said “Come in,” and got up and found chairs for them and said he was quite at their disposal. Then he sat listening to them with the tips of his fingers pressed together and never interrupting, till they had finished the whole story. After that he said nothing for quite a long time. Then he cleared his throat and said the last thing either of them expected:

“How do you know,” he asked, “that your sister’s story is not true?”

“Oh, but -” began Susan, and then stopped. Anyone could see from the old man’s face that he was perfectly serious. Then Susan pulled herself together and said, “But Edmund said they had only been pretending.”

“That is a point,” said the Professor, “which certainly deserves consideration; very careful consideration. For instance – if you will excuse me for asking the question – does your experience lead you to regard your brother or your sister as the more reliable? I mean, which is the more truthful?”

“That’s just the funny thing about it, sir,” said Peter. “Up till now, I’d have said Lucy every time.”

“And what do you think, my dear?” said the Professor, turning to Susan.

“Well,” said Susan, “in general, I’d say the same as Peter, but this couldn’t be true – all this about the wood and the Faun.”

“That is more than I know,” said the Professor, “and a charge of lying against someone whom you have always found truthful is a very serious thing; a very serious thing indeed.”

“We were afraid it mightn’t even be lying,” said Susan; “we thought there might be something wrong with Lucy.”

“Madness, you mean?” said the Professor quite coolly. “Oh, you can make your minds easy about that. One has only to look at her and talk to her to see that she is not mad.”

“But then,” said Susan, and stopped. She had never dreamed that a grown-up would talk like the Professor and didn’t know what to think.

“Logic!” said the Professor half to himself. “Why don’t they teach logic at these schools? There are only three possibilities. Either your sister is telling lies, or she is mad, or she is telling the truth. You know she doesn’t tell lies and it is obvious that she is not mad For the moment then and unless any further evidence turns up, we must assume that she is telling the truth.”

Susan looked at him very hard and was quite sure from the expression on his face that he was not making fun of them.

“But how could it be true, sir?” said Peter.

“Why do you say that?” asked the Professor.

“Well, for one thing,” said Peter, “if it was true why doesn’t everyone find this country every time they go to the wardrobe? I mean, there was nothing there when we looked; even Lucy didn’t pretend there was.”

“What has that to do with it?” said the Professor.

“Well, sir, if things are real, they’re there all the time.”

“Are they?” said the Professor; and Peter didn’t know quite what to say.

“But there was no time,” said Susan. “Lucy had no time to have gone anywhere, even if there was such a place. She came running after us the very moment we were out of the room. It was less than minute, and she pretended to have been away for hours.”

“That is the very thing that makes her story so likely to be true,” said the Professor. “If there really is a door in this house that leads to some other world (and I should warn you that this is a very strange house, and even I know very little about it) – if, I say, she had got into another world, I should not be at all surprised to find that the other world had a separate time of its own; so that however long you stay there it would never take up any of our time. On the other hand, I don’t think many girls of her age would invent that idea for themselves. If she had been pretending, she would have hidden for a reasonable time before coming out and telling her story.”

“But do you really mean, sir,” said Peter, “that there could be other worlds – all over the place, just round the corner – like that?”

“Nothing is more probable,” said the Professor, taking off his spectacles and beginning to polish them, while he muttered to himself, “I wonder what they do teach them at these schools.”

The Pevensie kids returning from Narnia

The Pevensie kids returning from Narnia

Categories: Ch-ch-ch-changes, Conspirio, Pop culture, Raise your EQ, Uncategorized | Tags: , , | 3 Comments

When Being Disposable goes too far

I’m so happy that Mercury has now gone direct. It means less breakdown and things finally moving forward. This past Mercury retrograde saw just about all my major appliances break down in one form or another. Rather than give you a boring list of what went wrong, suffice to say that it forced me to take a long, hard look at the finer print of guarantees and warranties of appliances like never before. This coming from a girl who is probably the most useless person you will even encounter when it comes to technical matters and working with tools. (Seriously, even to get my TV hooked up  I need to call someone in.)

That,is so not me though I wish I knew more about using power tools.

That,is so not me though I wish I knew more about using power tools.

Thankfully, I lucked out. I have a penchant for retro and vintage items and styles for bygone eras and a lot of my stuff is actually from the 1960’s and 1970’s which means, that barring throwing them off the CN Tower, they are practically indestructible.

Retro-style aqua fridge. I'll take mine in white please. (From Bigchill.com)

Retro-style aqua fridge. I’ll take mine in white please. (From Bigchill.com)

With a little maintenance and upkeep, they can probably run almost forever. I also like to support local charities, keep landfills clear and keep the underground economy going by frequenting places like thrift shops, second-hand stores, the Salvation Army or Value Village. Plus who can say no to a bargain or finding a treasure?

Brand new travelling bar cocktail set. Retail $160 at greatgiftsformen.com  I found a retro 1960's one in it's original leather carrying case for $2.97

Brand new travelling bar cocktail set. Retail $160 at
greatgiftsformen.com I found a retro 1960’s one in it’s original leather carrying case for $2.97 at a local thrift shop.

I have friends and family, on the other hand, who are the first ones out the door whenever a new gizmo shows up on the market. I really don’t see the need to buy a fridge that gives me a computer read-out of every item which is running low. I need a fridge which keeps food fresh or frozen. I don’t need a washer and dryer machine which can do algebra homework. I need machines which wash or dry accordingly. I think the list of “special features” as selling points has now gone over to the ridiculous.

I don't know if you have ever noticed, but clothes dried outside under the sun, somehow always feel crisper and cleaner.

I don’t know if you have ever noticed, but clothes dried outside under the sun, somehow always feel crisper and cleaner.

Many companies prey on consumer ignorance and fears. Stuff from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s usually had 10-year, 25-year guarantees, sometimes even a lifetime guarantee was not unheard off. These days, you’re lucky if you get 1-2 years.

You will probably never see these words again with "Maytag" in your lifetime.

You will probably never see these words again with “Maytag” in your lifetime.

It’s called planned obsolescence. Where companies deliberately design stuff to break down right after the guarantee expires, thus forcing the consumer to go back out and buy something new all over again and repeat the process indefinitely. That’s how they make money. (I always thought it would be cool if some brainy engineering type would finally come up with a company which offered appliances with superior engineering and with a lifetime guarantee or lifetime replacement agreement (for new styles or designs) and retro-fitted appliances with a commitment to really being green. Buy something once and never have to think about it ever again. I’m almost positive they’d overtake the industry completely.)

This got me thinking on a deeper level about what a disposable mindset really means and what it does to people to say nothing of the planet. I mean, I could have just as easily threw everything out and got myself into debt by ordering all this new stuff instead of calling in the repair dude.

Maytag repairman isn't sad because Maytags are so amazing that they never need fixing. He's sad because Maytag fired him a long time ago because they don't want you to call him.

Maytag repairman isn’t sad because Maytags are so amazing that they never need fixing. He’s sad because Maytag fired him a long time ago because they don’t want you to call him.

What happens when we take an equally dismissive attitude about disposing relationships and friendships? Disposing hard-won rights? Disposing all too quickly and not thinking of the after-effects when we don’t value things as we should? I think when relationships and human beings get too easy, too disposable, what it really means is that we don’t really need to enter into a meaningful relationship with it. It’s nothing, just get another one. It doesn’t mean anything because you can trash it and replace it, right?

1114177184

I cited my appliances, but to give you another example, I have a pair of black leather Chelsea boots I bought 13 years ago in Istanbul. These boots have literally taken me all over the world. I have worn them during crucial events in my life. They go with almost everything in my closet. I have had them repaired and resoled many times over and they are still going strong. If they died tomorrow, they would be irreplaceable. Because not only do the shoes go, but so do all the memories, some happy, some bittersweet, some sad which come with them. That’s the kind of stuff that makes us human, not robotic consumers and I really do think we’d all be better off if there was more of the former than the latter.

chelseaboots46023

Where would we be if the Beatles never reintroduced the Chelsea boot to the world?

Categories: Politico, Pop culture, Think like the Illuminati, This is why the planet is screwed up, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments

When Self-hate just becomes Hate

I guess some of you may have already picked this up about me but, I do have a few things which rub me the wrong way like stupidity, obvious dishonesty or evolutionary dumbfuckery of any sort.

This might include (but is not exclusive to) New Age pabulum,

Spiritually and emotionally immature yoga teachers billing themselves as “shamans”,

Instances of gross cultural and religious appropriation,

Homophobia,

Islamophobia,

and being around emotionally constipated Republicans/Conservatives types too long.

One thing which I have noticed about all the aforementioned types is that many of them operate on a level of dishonesty and then expect you to play into their dishonesty with them. That’s also the sign of an abusive personality, that for abuse and dishonesty to continue, you have to almost enter into a silent agreement with the abuser or liar and give them that permission to continue this behavior by staying quiet about it instead of calling them out on it.

Tina Turner had to put with physical and emotional abuse from Ike Turner for years.

Tina Turner had to put up with physical and emotional abuse from Ike Turner for years.

I’m not just talking about cases of shady gurus, sketchy politicians and right-wing pundits.

Right-wing nutjob Anne Coulter and her man-hands

Right-wing nutjob Ann Coulter and her man-hands

It can be found in all corners in life. For instance, the cardinals have started their conclave today to elect a new Pope. One thing the Church has to deal with is this issue of gay marriage and homosexuality in general.

The Church needs to stop going on about how “abnormal” or “unnatural” homosexuals are when the majority of those same members of clergy are homosexuals themselves. I’ve also noticed this as well, that the most anti-gay politicians usually end up being caught cruising for gay sex at public restrooms and the like.

Former US Senator Larry Craig got caught acting, ahem, in an animated manner in a public restroom

Former US Senator Larry Craig got caught acting, ahem, in an “animated way” in a public restroom

There’s a huge element of self-hatred there, people who hate or don’t understand and want to deal with an aspect of themselves then externalize that hatred towards others who may demonstrate the same tendencies and by doing that, hoping that what they don’t feel comfortable with in themselves will also go away. This kind of duplicity and dishonesty is the culprit behind who-knows-how-many problems. People need to start getting real with themselves first, I think.

 

Categories: Politico, Pop culture, Raise your EQ, This is why the planet is screwed up, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | 6 Comments

Bring on Warp-Speed!

This has been a very interesting month already, no?

First, the Pope decides to step down which has set off a whole slew of questions and theories, everything from the ongoing sex scandals involving priests to Mafia money-laundering operations to imminent arrests over abuses of crimes against humanity.     (Kevin Annett’s website is by far the best one out there if this is something you want to be on top off.)

More and more of the old are going to be facing the end of their roads.

More and more of the old are going to be facing the end of their roads.

Then there was the meteors hitting Russia and Cuba and the asteroid fly by. The footage caught on film has been nothing short of remarkable and gives first-hand experience of what a sonic boom does. It wasn’t just windows breaking and falling glass injuries. People have reported that some of them, while waiting for the bus to go to work, actually felt the boom, like a pressure hitting them and pushing them back. Storefronts buckled and car tops were pressed down. Looking at the photos of where the meteor landed, it reminds me of that scene in “Superman” when Mr. and Mrs. Kent find Superman as a little boy, by the side of the road.

Mr. and Mrs. Kent finding baby Superman

Mr. and Mrs. Kent finding baby Superman in the film.

Luckily the Russian meteor landed in a remote area and no one was injured.

Luckily the Russian meteor landed in a remote area and no one was injured.

The Buddhists were right all along. Everything is impermanent and the universe is constantly in a state of flux and change. Who would have thought even a few years ago that we’d live to see the almighty Catholic Church in it’s final and terminal stage? That asteroid fly by was supposed to leave Earth alone. Instead, a rogue meteor coming from the opposite direction, no less, hits Earth within the same 24-hour period. How come not one professional astronomer picked that up given the number of high-powered telescopes around the world? What it showed was that we’re far more vulnerable than we realize or like to think we are.

1980's Asteroid videogame by Atari.

1980’s Asteroid video game by Atari.

We like to think we’re in such control, don’t we?
A gang of hairless but clever upright-walking apes, who have mastered the use of their thumbs, living on this lonely planet who still can’t figure out how to live peacefully side-by-side, feed, clothe and look after one another irrespective of age, nationality, race, color, religion and gender.

The human race in the future as envisioned the film "Wall-e"

The human race in the future as envisioned in the film “Wall-e”

Instead we come up with even more clever ways of keeping us separated and maintaining control over our fellow human being when the whole thing is a construct which was created by someone, somewhere along the line. Whether it’s the concept of the nation-state, the financial and/or political systems we live with, our sense of economics, even things like marriage and the traditional roles of men and women, just about everything if you place it under enough scrutiny and think about it long and hard enough, is a scam of some sort.

117588,xcitefun-world-map-space-view

A map of the world from space. “See Mom? No lines”

MAPS-INTERNATIONAL-WORLD-40M

…and this is what happens when humans get their grubby hands on it and start drawing up lines everywhere and claiming it for their own

Like some of you may have already picked up, I love Star Trek. I’m almost positive that creator Gene Roddenberry must have been trying to channel something to the masses with the show, that there are other ways to live, other ways we can experience the world and the universe around us. (Little known fact: mystic and mathematician Dr. Charles Muses, Linda Goodman’s teacher, was a behind-the-scenes script doctor on several of the most important episodes but declined credit for his work.)

I remember watching the movie “Star Trek – First Contact” when the crew had to literally travel back in Earth time to ensure that Zefram Cochrane’s (the inventor of warp-speed) historic warp-drive test flight actually took place uninterrupted and beat the Borg from taking over Earth. That warp-drive flight was important not only in ensuring that Earth stayed Borg-free but it also precipitated first contact with an alien species. See, Earth, and in particular humans, were considered to be primitive by alien races, like the Vulcans because we had not yet figured out warp-speed (we were a pre-warp speed civilization) and therefore not worthy of paying any attention to. Cochrane’s test flight was picked up by a Vulcan ship who happened to be in the vicinity. Because the Vulcans saw that someone on Earth figured out warp-speed they came down to investigate, therefore first contact was made and this realization that we are not alone in the Universe then led to a complete overhaul of all human perspective abolishing all old systems of economics, politics, religion etc.

Inventor of warp-drive Zefran Cochrane making first contact with Vulcan emmissory

Inventor of warp-drive Zefran Cochrane making first contact with Vulcan emissary

The key here is to realize that people finally understood the pursuit of power is a lose-lose situation for everyone involved in the long haul.

Zen Buddhist teacher Alan Watts said it best:

Categories: Ascension, Ch-ch-ch-changes, False prophits, Politico, Pop culture, Prophecy, Shift of the Ages effects, This is why the planet is screwed up, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , | 5 Comments

Loneliness in a crowded world

My Sunday afternoons are usually very chill. I often listen to CBC Radio while either baking cookies or watering my plants. Today they had a show on online dating  and the whole thing was depressing beyond belief. It was really about how dating has changed with the advent of technology and the new “rules”, the new social faux-pas of the wireless world, the new “normal”.

Online Dating

I know statistically, there are now more marriages coming out of internet relationships but I wish for every success story they post, they would also show up the statistics of how many connections DON’T work out. That would be more honest and would give people a better idea before they shell out cash for membership fees. Now, I’ve done internet dating and my experience has been that most people unfortunately lie about themselves. I don’t mean the small lies like adding 2 inches to your height, but I mean big lies where they post a photo of themselves from 10 years ago and 100 pounds lighter. Or sexually unfulfilled married men looking for a side-dish of fun with no strings-attached. I think that’s why there are now so many online companies which offer background checks and the sort. There are even online dating sites which “out” bad online daters. (I say if you’re going to put yourself out there, you need to stay safe. Just look at that poor woman who met some guy through match.com and narrowly escaped with her life!)

online-dating-fail

Apparently calling someone to ask them if they want to join you for an afternoon tea is not cool anymore. Social decorum now dictates that you have to text them first or use some form of social media and ask that way first. Voice-to-voice contact is considered too “invasive” and not socially acceptable anymore. Herein lies the paradox that I wish someone would explain to me.

Why does something this simple have to suddenly be a big deal?

Why does something this simple have to suddenly be a big deal?

We’re the most connected species ever. Email, wi-fi, social networks. I mean, we’re literally one step down from mental telepathy in terms of staying connected to each other yet poll after poll shows that loneliness and the sense of alienation and isolation are on the rise. It’s not a secret that I dislike the effects rampant capitalism is having on us as individuals and as a society. The increasing sense of isolation many people feel, the atomization of individuals reducing them to single units so that they feel powerless and disconnected from their workplaces and from their communities. I’m almost positive the rates of depression and mental illness are correlated to this. I hate that.

I remember watching “Happy Days” as a kid and seeing the hang-out that everyone used to go to, “Big Al’s”. You’d just show up and a some friend or other was bound to be there, you’d sit yourself down, gossip and then hatch some crazy plan.

Remember this?

Remember this?

Now I walk into a café and they are all virtually silent. Everyone is too busy looking at their laptops. Myself included.

laptop-coffeejpg-00540482b758b143_large

Nowadays…

I think the longing to belong is one of the deepest, most vital needs we have as humans. We’re social creatures after all. It could be the longing to belong to one person, one group, one family. My future husband Renaissance man Henry Rollins said something which sums it up the best,”Why is it we can fuck but can’t look each other in the eye?”

I’m not a Luddite, I’m all for technology as long as we control it instead of it controlling us. I do think however, technology and all these connective gizmos become one more excuse to hide ourselves from each other. Why?

Valentines day is coming up quickly. Hannah Brencher came up with “The World Needs More Love Letters” project in trying to create community and get people off the false reality of cyber-space.

Untitled-4.jpg

From their “About” page:

“The world doesn’t need another website. Not another network. Not another app.
What she needs is really basic.
Simple. Bare-boned.& often forgotten in the race to get followers. & “Likes.”
Love. Pure, old-fashioned, never goes out of style Love.
Ridiculous, oozing, cannot pack this thang into 140-characters kind of love.
And so we can come in righttttttt HERE.
We’re going to tell you that we write and mail love letters, handwritten love letters, to strangers in need all over the world. We’re going to invite you to request a love letter for someone in your life who needs one. And we’re going to insist that you step out of your own shoes of Comfort & join us. You are going to think we are a bit crazy. A tad loopy. But you’ve been looking for a website that leaks love all this time… so we aren’t worried you’ll leave us.

It’s not about stamps.
Not about stationery.
It’s. about. your. neighbor.

The cracked parts of your own story & how you can use them to lift someone else. It’s about the stranger enveloped in sadness. The chance to pull off Twitter & step away from your networks to turn your best love letter into a lamp… a lantern… to light the path of someone who needs to read it tonight.”

I’ve signed up for it 🙂

Categories: Ascension, Pop culture, Raise your EQ, This is why the planet is screwed up, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , | 10 Comments

Skeletons in the closet…(or the parking lot)

Richard III, then and now

Richard III, then and now

If you have not already heard the story, the skeletal remains of England’s Richard III have been found and verified, after 500 years of mystery. Yes, he’s the same Richard III, from Shakespeare’s play, the hunchbacked king who allegedly murdered the two princes in order to grab the throne for himself and then demanded a horse for his kingdom on the battlefield right before he died.

Sir Ian McKellan, played Richard III brilliantly set against a Nazi-like background.

Sir Ian McKellan (aka Gandalf or Magneto), played Richard III brilliantly set against a Nazi-like background.

Normally, my interest is next to nil when it comes to royal families and the sort.  Sorry, but I don’t have a lot of respect for them. Most of them were (or are) inbred degenerates who were usually married off to either siblings or first cousins in order to strategically keep power and wealth within certain families and dynasties, not unlike the CEO’s, presidents and prime ministers of today who send off their kids to specific schools for the exact same purpose.
Sir Laurence Olivier as Richard III

Sir Laurence Olivier as Richard III

Richard III has been portrayed and vilified as the misshapen  evil king and while I have no doubt he was probably no innocent at all, to his credit he did a few noteworthy things. Namely instituted what later became known as the Court of Requests, a court to which poor people who could not afford legal representation could apply for their grievances to be heard (today it would be called Legal Aid). He also introduced bail to protect suspected felons from imprisonment before trial and to protect their property from seizure during that time. He also banned restrictions on the printing and sale of books and he ordered the translation of the written Laws and Statutes from the traditional French into English. In other words, he was for Freedom of the Press. I’ll give him points there.
Errol Flynn as the Earl of Essex - Dude, don't hook up with her, you'll regret it!

Errol Flynn as the Earl of Essex – Dude, don’t hook up with her, you’ll regret it!

Much of his evil reputation was created by the Tudors, the dynasty which took over Britain after he was killed (Not that they are much to write home about either; Elizabeth the First took a bath once a year, even with all those wigs and white powder make-up and lack of dental hygiene. Imagine!) and the propagandist for the Tudors was Shakespeare who knew which side of the bread was buttered and curried favor for them. (I did not know this but it would seem that the English Bard had major interests in the slave trade which I only recently found out after watching this.)
l tor: Robert F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, if you're into conspiracies, here's a handful for you.

L to R: Robert F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, if you’re into conspiracies, here’s a handful for you.

What’s my point?
This story does interest me because it really shows how sometimes the truth of any matter just has a strange way of resurfacing, even centuries after the fact. With an entire generation growing up watching shows like CSI, breakthroughs in DNA analysis, (so for my fellow conspiracy buffs, hang in there, there is still hope about finding out who shot JFK, who killed Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Hoffa and the mystery of Tom Thompson), I have a feeling that a lot more will be coming out of the woodwork in coming years and setting the historical record straight.
Genghis Khan monument in Mongolia - dude is still deeply revered there.

Genghis Khan monument in Mongolia – The Great Khan of Asia is still deeply revered there.

Already, there are claims that apparently the long-forgotten burial mound of Genghis Khan has been found (to prevent looting, he left orders that the entire funeral party were to be killed upon their return to camp, thus sealing the secrecy of the location), the Jimmy Saville incident is now proving to be the stray thread in the carpet which is unraveling the British establishment even more with each passing day, the Catholic Church will probably be wiped out within the next 25 years because of all the sex scandals and the financial wormhole that has created, First Nations are speaking up more and more about the trauma they lived through, stuff that was held in secret for generations. That dripping sink is no longer just a drip. It’s starting to really trickle. I’m just waiting for the deluge.
Cool dude.

Cool dude. And super smart and nice.

I remember about 8 years ago, I attended a lecture to hear Dr. Norman Finkelstein speak. He was talking about the Israel/Palestine issue and like David, for years he’s been fighting the Goliath of the American and Israel lobby and their various, highly tentacled interests. He said something which has always remained with me: Truth and Justice may be slow-moving and heavy weapons to wield, but they are the most powerful weapons to wield. Nothing can stop you if you use them correctly.
Categories: Ascension, Ch-ch-ch-changes, Conspirio, Pop culture, Shift of the Ages effects, Those unseen things, Uncategorized | Tags: , , | 1 Comment

The Rainbow Tribe

"Controversial" ad by Benetton

“Controversial” ad by Benetton

“The Rainbow Tribe consists of everyone, of native and non-native blood, that believe that in our coming together as a tribe of people, of all colors ,that we will make the one true tribe of two-legged ones that we are.  The Rainbow Tribe is actually many small groups that are coming together in understanding and celebration of the diversity of people and who understand their importance and their obligation of love to the Mother Earth and all that is here.”

The Spiritual Network

I have steadily been watching various discussions online about the lack of inclusion in the yoga world this past year. Anarchist yogis “The Babarazzi” does a fantastic job of periodically putting out wonderful, thought-provoking posts on this issue. What comes to mind was a post they did back in October called “Is De-Culturing Yoga an Act of Good Faith or a Promotion of Xenophobic Ideology? /// A Light and Easy Subject”.

Taking the "Indian-ness" out of yoga to make it more palatable to the Venice Beach crowd is not cool.

Taking the “Indian-ness” out of yoga to make it more palatable to the Venice Beach crowd is not cool. This is a form of cultural appropriation

Moonlit Moth, by blogger Andrea MacDonald based out of Vancouver is also taking an anti-imperialistic stance in taking on the issues of accessibility and anti-oppression in yoga.
Andrea writes:
“I strive to make my classes anti-oppressive. By anti-oppressive I mean anti-racist, queer, trans and LGBTQ friendly, patriarchy resistant, anti-colonial, body and ability positive as well as affordable for my students and sustainable for me as the teacher. In order to create a safe space for all my students I will do my best to address oppressive language and behaviour in the studio. Usually I find open, honest discussion can help make the classes safer for everyone involved.”
Kula Yoga Toronto is also offering “Brown Girl Yoga” and “Queer Yoga”  in an attempt to reach out to those communities and create a space where others can feel comfortable.
From "Essence" magazine

From “Essence” magazine

I applaud all these initiatives and discussions and while I think these issues of inclusion, diversity and accessibility are now being talked about more than ever online and off and are a far cry from that fall evening back in 2002 when I first stepped into a Bikram yoga studio and found myself as the only person of color in a roomful of pony-tailed golden boys with wash-board abs and a host of tall, lithe Caucasian trophy wives  discussing their Filipino nannies in the change room, I still think there is a long way to go.  I did not even have to look further than to scroll down  to the comments section of my article on EJ to see how far the so-called “enlightened” yoga crowd have to go.
Rabbit Pose - Do you honestly think anyone can do this pose on their first time ever doing yoga?

Rabbit Pose – Do you honestly think anyone can do this pose on their first time ever doing yoga?

White entitlement and white privilege are in essence, almost taken for granted. They have been institutionally sanctioned for a couple of hundred years now, mostly in advent of  European imperialism and colonialism. It’s only maybe in the last 50 years serious questioning and scholarship has started to take place, mostly in academia and it has slowly started to filter down into mainstream culture.
W.E.B DuBois - serious academic and activist on racial issues.

W.E.B DuBois – serious academic and activist on racial issues.

That’s beyond the scope of this blog post but any discussion of race is going to cause fireworks to go off no matter what. Someone always ends up getting pissed off. People don’t like to think of themselves as racist or bigoted and they certainly don’t like it being pointed out to them even if it is done unconsciously.  And it would seem yogis, for all their talk of oneness and spiritualism, they positively hate to have it pointed out to them and have their artificial balloons of security and illusion popped especially by someone who is not white.
racist-eggs
One of the things I had to undergo when I did my stint as a spiritual caregiver at a hospital trauma unit as well as when I studied cross-cultural management for my undergraduate degree was something called diversity training. In essence, it’s about learning how to deal with people who are different from you in ethnicity, color, socio-economic background and culture without disrespecting them, their heritage, background etc, being mindful of the differences in order to bring out everyone’s best for the sake of improving overall teamwork and outcomes. In all honesty, I think more studios, more instructors, more training centers need to start including this as well, if all this talk of inclusion and plurality is to amount to anything.
diversitySymbol
I had to watch this film in the course of my studies. “The Color of Fear” is now considered a classic in diversity training and cross-cultural management seminars around the world and I think it merits several viewings. There are some comments alone which will force you to stop it and look at yourself and your own reactions. I think Victor Lewis probably has the most powerful voice here in expressing why some people are more equal than others. I warn you, it can be an uncomfortable watch but I think if we want that dream of a Rainbow Tribe to ever materialize, some hard questions and soul-searching needs to take place. This is as good as a beginning as anything else out there.
Categories: Ascension, Politico, Pop culture, Raise your EQ, Uncategorized, Yoga | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Search for Beauty

“The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere – in landscapes, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion and in ourselves. We feel most alive in the presence of the Beautiful for it meets the needs of our soul…Perhaps, for the first time, we gain a clear view of how much ugliness we endure and allow. The media generate relentless images of mediocrity and ugliness in talk-shows, tapestries of smothered language and frenetic gratification. The media are becoming the global mirror and beauty is mostly forgotten and made to seem naive and romantic. The blindness of property development creates rooms, buildings and suburbs, which lack grace and mystery. Socially, this influences the atmosphere in  the workplace, the schoolroom, the boardroom and the community. Much of the stress and emptiness that haunts us can be traced back to our lack of attention to beauty. Internally, the mind becomes coarse and dull if it remains unvisited by images and thoughts which hold the radiance of beauty…Beauty is not glamour. most of what the media, the fashion world, Hollywood, the art world has to offer is glamour. Glamour, like the art world, is highly fickle and commercially driven that contributes to the ‘humdrum”. It appears and disappears while Beauty is eternal”

– John O’Donohue, “Beauty, the Invisible Embrace”
Cool dude - John O'Donohue

Cool dude – John O’Donohue

I had totally forgotten about the works of John O’Donohue until a few days ago while reorganizing my bookshelves, I found my copies “Anam Cara”, “Eternal Echoes” and “Beauty” sitting in a neglected corner. I loved the way he effortlessly merged his native Celtic wisdom of western Ireland with the mysticism of Meister Eckhart. A former Catholic priest with a PhD in philosophical theology, he left the priesthood to become a writer, activist and humanitarian. It was only when I Googled him last night that I realized he died exactly 5 years ago tomorrow when he passed over in his sleep at the abnormally young age of 52. That saddens me because he always came across as someone who seemed to have an inordinate amount of authentic wisdom about him. And not the bullshit New Age variety either, but one which was anchored deeply in personal experience, the land from which he came and pagan and Christian traditions alike. There just aren’t many of those kinds of gentle voices around anymore.
I started off this post by quoting him on Beauty. Lately I have been thinking about Beauty and aesthetics and while I know what we individually consider to be beautiful can be highly personal and subjective, I can’t help but think about what Aristotle once said, that aesthetics, like ethics and logic were faculties which a philosophically well-rounded person had to train and develop.
Smart dude - Aristotle

Smart dude – Aristotle

I’m going to be blunt and I realize I’m going to anger many people by saying this but I  find most people are missing that faculty for aesthetics. You can see it in the way they dress, the way they carry themselves, who and what they decide to surround themselves with and what they decide to occupy their thoughts on. Real beauty is found in nature but when it comes to manipulating nature to address human needs, very, very few cultures understand beauty in the way O’Donohue relates to it, along with the accompanying sense of aesthetics.
Yeah, I get it,  it's Times Square NYC, but you're going to tell me this is beautiful?

Yeah, I get it, it’s Times Square NYC, but you’re going to tell me this is beautiful?

The ancient Greeks had it.
The Greek temple at Segesta, in Sicily.

The Greek temple at Segesta, in Sicily.

Indians had it, particularly the Mughal dynasties.
The mughals were obsessed with gardens and flowers, so they decided to bring all that inside. here is a supporting column made to look like a tree. Yup, and it was all done by hand.

The Mughals were obsessed with gardens and flowers, so they decided to bring all that inside. Here is a supporting column made to look like a tree. Yup, and it was all done by hand.

Japanese also have a very unique sense of aesthetics, even down to the principles of wabi-sabi, the beauty of imperfection.
Interior design, wabi-sabi style

Interior design, wabi-sabi style

The Italians, from the Romans even down to today, have it in spades, they can make everything from cars to shovels to pens look beautiful.
The Arco floor lamp, originally designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglionii for Flos in 1962

The Arco floor lamp, originally designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglionii for Flos in 1962

 I find much of what we are told is beautiful to actually not be all that attractive. Walking through the downtown core of any major North American city or mall, I see nothing but usually slightly disheveled people, in polyester-blend clothing buying ugly items to fill up their homes which serves to sooth their disconnection from real beauty.
Typical mall shoppers

Typical mall shoppers

Long -gone are the days when people had their slacks ironed, with razor-sharp looking folds, when people dressed in beauty AND quality, in wool, silks, gabardine, cashmere, cotton and pure linen.
Who dresses like Katherine Hepburn anymore? Even when she's bumming around, she looks amazing.

Who dresses like Katherine Hepburn anymore? Even when she’s bumming around, she looks amazing.

I know I’m sounding like a bit of a snob, but I grew up with a mom who had pure silk saris in every color imaginable, usually with gold embroidery and a dad who dressed like Sean Connery in Dr. No. If I walked out even with slightly rumply looking jeans, I was castigated for not ironing them in advance.
Not really my mom.

Not really my mom.

Not really my dad.

Not really my dad.

I think that explains my complete disdain, even now of the suburbs. The fake lawns and gardens, the cookie-cutter housing developments, the garish strip-malls. Whenever I visit the suburbs, I always feel sleepy and excessively tired, never rejuvenated. It bothers me to no end that we live is a system where you’re told to go to university, get a degree, get a job, get married, start a family and go buy yourself a piece of this ugliness WILLINGLY.
Nothing can shake my firm belief that suburban developments and subdivisions breed  secret psycho-killers. All that lawn and artificial and enforced order...

Nothing can shake my firm belief that suburban developments and subdivisions breed secret psycho-killers. All that lawn and artificial and enforced order…

 It’s not just the suburbs, I look at modern design and what I see is novelty being passed off as beautiful. No doubt some of you receive furniture store fliers in the mail? See how modern and streamlined it all looks? I don’t see beauty here.  I see something cold, calculated and almost clinical in it’s exactitude and practically designed to make you feel ill at ease. I can’t lie down here comfortably and play with my pug. Is this a place to show off or a place to live in? Unfortunately I see most hotels, spas, restaurants, yoga studios  and condos following this aesthetic.
bedroom-furniture-with-modern-bed
I do however, see beauty here. I see warmth, I see safety and I see a place someone put a lot of love into.
This isn't necessarily my style, but I love how happy the cat looks and I like the hand-made quilt.

This isn’t necessarily my style, but I love how happy the cat looks and I like the hand-made quilt.

I don’t see beauty here. I see vulgarity, crassness  and an excessive display of ostentation.
WeddingVenueNJ_1
I do however see beauty here. I see a certain kind of purity in this kind of simplicity and intimacy. No statement, no big declarations. No stupid Cinderella dress and accompanying fantasy. It just is.
hippie-wedding-1
I know Ava Gardner was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world back in the day. She counted Spanish bull-fighters as lovers, swore like a sailor,  danced on tables and managed to keep a womanizer like Frank Sinatra on his knees most of the time in desperate submission. She even was able to make Richard Burton admit that she was the one woman in the world more beautiful than Elizabeth Taylor. I don’t see a beautiful woman, maybe her features are, but I see a haughty, arrogant woman who was actually lonely and ugly deep down inside. I can say the same for Madonna.
936full-ava-gardner
I do however think someone like French actress Juliette Binoche is beautiful. Even if she isn’t rail-thin and is actually a fuller-figured girl, there’s a certain genuine earthiness and warmth in her which comes across naturally on screen especially in films like “Chocolat” or “The English Patient”.
Juliette Binoche

Juliette Binoche

I’m going to leave the last word with John O’Donohue. There is much wisdom in his way of looking at the world. And lots of beauty too.
Categories: Ascension, Pop culture, Raise your EQ, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | 13 Comments

Muchas Gracias Amigos!

I just wanted to post a quick but massive THANK YOU to all my followers and readers of this eccentric little blog. This was my first year blogging and not something I ever imagined many people would have an interest in reading my sometimes peculier but well-intentioned musings. You have no idea, but your feedback and interest have given me some much-needed confidence at a time when I didn’t have much.

I really want to thank David Icke and Sean, his webmaster, for really giving me some totally unexpected exposure when they posted this article  of  mine as the leading headliner on the davidicke.com website back in April, merely days after I started up the blog. I may not agree with every last thing you say but you have no idea how deeply I appreciate and respect your work. Like the French say “Bon Courage!”

Thanks to elephantjournal.com for posting my yoga article which sent the yoga community into a tailspin back in July. I had no idea my experience of the yoga scene, as a person of Indian heritage who usually feels like someone looking in, would hit such a nerve. I’m happy it’s opened up the discussion in some ways of white privilege, white entitlement and the lack of ethnic diversity in the mainstream yoga scene…even if it rubbed quite a number of EJ readers the wrong way 😉

Thank you also, to Andrea MacDonald over at Moonlitmoth yoga for deciding to pick up that same article for the new ‘zine! I can’t wait to finally see it! And major Thank you to Roseanne Harvey over at It’s All Yoga Baby! for selecting it as one of the Top 15 yoga blog Posts of 2012!

Thanks to Zen Gardner, and Philosopher’s Stone for posting what I had written about the Balkan Prophecies on your websites. I browse your sites daily and your insights and articles help me see very clearly what real trends are happening around us. Your efforts are priceless.

Huge mega-block thank you’s to Stuart Wilde, Zen Haven, the folks over at Prosveta who regularly send me  items by Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov which always keep me inspired. You guys do the real metaphysical work. Your work is invaluable to all of us who are on a spiritual path.

I have no idea where 2013 will lead, but if 2012 was any indication, I think 2013 will probably be even more intense and more challenging to those who keep averting their eyes from their own reflection in the mirror.

I have no idea where this blog will go, if I have much more to say or not but I just want to say how grateful I am to any spiritual wanderer who finds themselves here. You are all most welcome. I only write out of my own experience and if there was anything which may have resonated with you or helped you in any small way, that’s all I can ask for. I’m on the same journey myself, so I know how difficult it can be to find those guideposts.

I hope all your individual journeys deepen in a good way in this new year !

And just this once, I’ll say it….

Namaste.

wildrose

Categories: Raise your EQ, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | 7 Comments

Cultural Ignorance is for Lazies

This is something which has been bugging me for a while now within the conspiracy-theory set.

Kerry Cassidy - a walking botheration

Kerry Cassidy – a walking botheration

I guess what set it off was this interview by Project Camelot’s Kerry Cassidy, who for the record, I can’t stand. From what I have read, she is someone who tried to go into acting and it just didn’t work out but even watching and listening to her interviews online, she drives me nuts because she’s constantly interrupting her guests and interjecting comments to try to show off how knowledgeable she is, when she isn’t and I just wish she’d learn some journalistic manners. She’s almost as bad as Lilou Mace.
David Wilcock - classic New Age shyster

David Wilcock – classic New Age shyster

When the whole Drake/David Wilcock-thing blew up and there was no rounding up and mass arrests of Illuminati members, Cassidy should have been accountable from the get go. Here is the pathetic interview she aired with David Wilcock crying his crocodile tears and freaking out over the (non)danger to his life.
But that’s not what bugs me about her. It’s her complete and total and utter cultural ignorance of anything out of the American, White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant (WASP) paradigm which she is a product of. I mean in that first interview, she’s interviewing some dude who is convinced the Jesuits are more powerful than the Illuminati. While I agree that there probably are not-very-nice secret societies and groups within the Catholic Church like Opus Dei, what strikes me over and over again within the conspiracy-world set is that many of them are either British or American. They view the world through that same British-American, White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant paradigm. Not all, but most.
m-1
Before any of you freak out on me, I’m generalizing of course. I’m generalizing about the general public, most don’t know about the Catholic world and churches which predate Catholicism by millenia. Most of them know zilch about the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Coptic Church or even earlier churches like the Nestorian , Manichaean or Sabian Christians. They know even less about Islam. What boggles my mind is that these earlier churches and cultures are the roots of their own Western civilization and bridged that period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Dark Ages and eventually laid the groundwork for the Renaissance and Enlightenment. They only know about Hinduism and Buddhism because they are popular due to yoga, Gandhi and the Dalai Lama. Or Bruce Lee movies.
Lalibela - Do many WASPs know that this church in Ethiopia is also a part of their religious background?

Lalibela – Do many WASPs know that this church in Ethiopia is also a part of their religious background?

Of course these other cultures and traditions do not speak English. Many of their original writings have not been translated into English or French or Spanish (the imperialistic languages) properly. They are usually in their original archaic Greek, Arabic, Aramaic, Armenian or Copt. However, very often, if you’re not alert, there usually is a hidden agenda of indirect cultural supremacy which is being promoted.
When you read history, you always have to keep in mind about biases and why those biases are there.

When you read history, you always have to keep in mind about biases and why those biases are there.

To give you an example of this cultural underhandedness, let’s use historian Thomas Cahill and the book he wrote “How the Irish Saved Civilization”. Cahill posits that after the fall of Rome, when Europe began to be overrun by barbarians like the Huns, Saxons and Visigoths and plunged into the Dark Ages, all those precious manuscripts and tomes from Classical Greece, the works of Aristotle, Plato, Pythagoras, Socrates etc. were saved by Irish monks who painstakingly preserved those works by copying them by hand, generation after generation and that they were the ones who saved these works which eventually were the cornerstones of the European Enlightenment.
A typical page from the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript from ireland.

A typical page from the Book of Kells, a beautiful illuminated manuscript from Ireland.

While I don’t disagree with Cahill on that point, he makes it out that ONLY the Irish saved civilization. What Cahill fails to mention is that while Europe slid into the Dark Ages, Islam was experiencing it’s Golden Age. All those classical Greek and Egyptian treatises were also copied, saved, studied and discussed in cities like Baghdad, Damascus, Alexandria, Timbuktu, Constantinople, Tehran, Bukhara leading to discoveries in algebra (al-jabr), advanced mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, optics, plumbing, water management and medicine. Much of that knowledge was then hauled off back to Europe during the different Crusades. The Crusades were not just about “re-capturing Jerusalem for the Christendom”. It was about economics, hauling back silks, carpets and most importantly, spices. That’s the equivalent of the American military saying that they want to “liberate” Iraq, when everyone now knows it’s about the oil, stupid. Same shit, different century.
The Silk and Spice routes

The Silk and Spice routes

More recently a THIRD area has now been identified by scholarship where many works from the ancient world were saved and that is the ancient monasteries of Armenia, in and around Yerevan. Polish writer Rzysard Kapuscinski (especially in his book “Imperium”) and Russian scholars have increasingly found that the ancient world was much more inter-connected than we realize. That knowledge did not go only in one direction (i.e West) but spread out like a cloud in ALL directions from the Mediterranean basin, Asia Minor and Near East.
Civilization and knowledge from the classical world did NOT just go into the orange areas on this map, unlike what most Western history textbooks will tell you.

Civilization and knowledge from the classical world did NOT just go into the orange areas on this map, unlike what most Western history textbooks will tell you.

Much has been written about and speculated about the Vatican Archives and library, about the fabulous treasures hiding there and how no one can access that library except the Pope. The Vatican Library is not the end all and be all of ancient human knowledge. In recent years, there has been an effort and push to catalogue and assess the holdings of Mount Athos, Greece. Mount Athos, in case you did not know is probably the holiest site in Orthodoxy and the Orthodox Church is far older that the Catholic one. The monasteries there have survived, uninterrupted, nearly for 1500 years and even survived the Nazi Occupation of Greece during WWII when the Patriarch outwitted Hitler. Mount Athos is also still regularly producing saints and seers in modern times like Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain.
Modern day saint - Elder Paisios of Mount Athos

Modern day saint – Elder Paisios of Mount Athos

Like I mentioned earlier, the older centers of learning were Baghdad, Damascus, Timbuktu, Alexandria, Tehran, Mount Athos and Yerevan.
Baghdad–> Iraq (museums were looted, libraries destroyed, ancient manuscripts gone)
Damascus–> Syria (in the throes of civil war)
Alexandria–> Egypt (still in transition)
Tehran–> Iran (ear-marked for war eventually)
Mount Athos–> Greece (in economic disarray)
Yerevan–>Armenia (your guess is as good as mine)
Almost daily demonstrations in Athens against austerity measures being imposed on the Greeks.

Almost daily demonstrations in Athens against austerity measures being imposed on the Greeks.

Iraq, Syria, Mali, Egypt, Iran, Greece…does anyone here see a pattern?
There is hope against this imperialistic attitude, historical revisionism and all-out bullshit. People are waking up and questioning things, slowly but surely but more needs to be done.
Watch what happens here when he showed up in New York City, in Times Square and tried to incite a crowd…
Categories: Ascension, Conspirio, Politico, Pop culture, Raise your EQ, Think like the Illuminati, This is why the planet is screwed up, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment

On the Nature of Angels…and demons

Remember that post I had written about when I interviewed a real exorcist?

I paid Father Henry (not his real name) a visit last week since he wanted to lend me some books and that gave me a chance to discuss some more fun woo-woo stuff with him. We discussed some of the cases he’s been involved in and his training as an exorcist in Rome. That eventually led to a deeper discussion of the nature of angels and demons, how they operate, what you need to look out for and how to discern the origins of our feelings and motivations.
FH: Father Henry
EER: Earth Energy Reader
EER: Father Henry, from what you last told me and based on what I’ve read elsewhere, my understanding is that demons have one raison d’etre and only one, to basically destroy mankind?
FH: Correct.
EER: How can they do that?
FH: You have to remember, according to our beliefs, angels and demons predate the creation of this Earth and the creation of Man, they have been around from practically the beginning of time, bearing in mind that God is beyond time and space. They can know us through our actions and our speech. They can make very good guesses as to what we will do in any given situation based on how we have acted in similar circumstances in the past.
EER: Can they read our minds?
FH: No. In fact one thing neither the angels nor demons can do, is see into our hearts. That is the one place they can never look into.
EER: Really? That’s very interesting, why is that?
FH: Because that’s where Life truly resides and Life comes from God, they simply are not allowed. That’s why we stress the importance of prayer and meditation. It’s an act of connecting your heart to the divine. If you can pray out loud, even better.
Angels cannot see into nor read your heart.

Angels cannot see into nor read your heart.

EER: Given that demons want nothing less than mankind to destroy each other, does this, to some degree explain wars, feelings of vengeance, blood feuds between families and nations? What about people who try to destroy themselves, like in instances of suicide? 
Blood feuds like those between the Capulets and the Montagues, from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" are definitely not cool. (from  Valentin Melik)

Blood feuds like those between the Capulets and the Montagues, from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” are definitely not cool. (from Valentin Melik)

FH: Yes absolutely. Feelings of anger, loneliness, sadness are normal. We all have them, we all experience them. It’s perfectly expected. What raises dangerous flags for us is when those feelings suddenly become disproportionate to the incident which caused them in the first place. Say for example a man and woman are deeply in love and become a serious couple. One day the woman runs off with another man for whatever reason. It would be understandable if the rejected man experiences feelings of anger, rejection, humiliation and some depression. He’s human. However if those feelings change into feelings of blood-thirsty revenge and these thoughts of harming this woman and other fellow start becoming an obsession for him, they start to consume him, that is most likely demonic in origin. Heaven forbid, he acts out on them. Or say he never learns to forgive this woman and carries a grudge against her for the rest of her life. That anger is deeply embedded in him now and he’s not willing to deal with it. It’s like receiving a deep cut, you have to disinfect the wound, clean it and then properly bind it to allow it to heal. If you don’t clean it out, it festers, become infected. maybe gangrene settles in eventually and the hand or foot needs to be amputated. If he doesn’t do something about that anger, it will infect his physical being eventually. Maybe he develops heart disease or an ulcer later on which does eventually kill him.
EER: What about depression? I mean when I worked as a counselor I dealt with many people who were deeply depressed and even had to work in some capacity with suicide prevention for some of these cases.
Feeling depressed from time to time is normal....

Feeling depressed from time to time is normal….

FH: Mental illness is more complex. Of course now we understand that many mental illnesses are medically based. Not enough happy hormones in the brain, hormonal imbalances or deficiencies which then cause behavioral problems. It’s always a question of the degree to which a person acts. Most people get the blues now and then, that’s fine. With medication, counseling and the support of loved ones, they can usually pull through. However, say someone loses their job, they lose their home, they become severely depressed, they begin to lose all hope, they then begin to see life as meaningless, then thoughts of suicide start to creep in, then they go even further and start looking into ways of committing suicide. In that case, there is something demonic definitely going on. Always remember that demons are against life. Anything that takes you further away from life is usually demonic while anything that brings you closer to it is divine and benevolent.
Suicide isn't

Suicide isn’t

EER: You had said that angels and demons can never know what is in our hearts. What happens if I decide to pray out loud and ask an angel to guide me? How do I know a demon isn’t listening in on it?
Imp
FH: (Starts to laugh) Well, the thing with prayer, like I said, is that it supposed to bring you in closer communion with the divine. Demons hate the divine, they can’t stand it. So say for example, you have a very important exam to do that day. You have studied hard and have prepared well. Before you leave the house, you say a prayer out loud and ask for the grace of the angels to help you on this important day. That’s it, you can’t ask them to help you pass the exam if you didn’t study, you can only ask them to be present with you and be grateful if they do help you out (i.e you suddenly remember an example the teacher used in class which was not in the textbook and that helps you answer a difficult question correctly). If however, you prayed that morning and suddenly your best friend tells you he has the answer key right before the exam and asks if you want a copy, that would definitely not be divine in origin.
EER: I know the Catholic Church places an important emphasis on the saints. Are there specific saints who are known to be especially powerful against demons and evil influences?
FH: St. Benedict, St. Anthony, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, the usual “big-time” saints.
EER: I’ve heard that St. Joseph, Jesus’s foster dad, is as well. 
FH: I’m not sure about Joseph however over at St. Joseph’s Oratory, there is a panel there depicting him as a banisher of demons. There are probably instances where he was called up during exorcisms and was effective and that’s how the reputation started. It’s usually how things start up within the Church.
Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph’s Oratory

EER: I came across this passage from a Bulgarian Christian Gnostic mystic, named Mikhael Aivanhov.  I know it’s from a tradition which the Catholic Church disagrees with but I’d be interested to hear what you think of this. (Pull out the book and show it to FH, which he then reads to himself).
“Have you thought about the importance of opening and closing doors? Do you know when to open a door and when to close it? You do know in normal life, of course; all day long you go in and out of doors and let others in or out when they come to visit you.But the doors I am referring to are the ones within you. Those are the ones we have to learn to open and close: to open when we want to reach heavenly realms or allow angels to come into us, and to close so as not to let the dark spirits in, to keep our spiritual riches safe. There are doors of all kinds within us. In our physical body alone we have twelve – two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, a mouth, two breasts, a navel, and further down two other doors. These doors all connect us with the physical world around us, but what is not known is that they have another function – they bring us in touch with the psychic world and the spiritual world. So that is a vast area of study – when and how to open or close those doors.”
human-body-muscle-diagram
FH: This is very, very wise and true on a psychic level though I would hesitate to encourage anyone to experiment by themselves on how to find out the effects of opening and closing these “doors” (laughing)! But yes, what he is saying is that there are mysteries around the human body itself which are far from being understood. That’s why we Catholics just go around blessing everything. Medicine and the sciences only deal with the physical influences. Openings are just that, openings. It falls on us to remain vigilant at all times to safeguard them on all levels.
EER: Thank you Father Henry, it’s been a very enlightening talk.
FH: You are most welcome.
Categories: Ascension, Raise your EQ, This is why the planet is screwed up, Those unseen things, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments

Blog at WordPress.com.